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BC wheelchair curling championship to start

A wheelchair curling championship is being staged in Langley this weekend – bringing together the best athletes from across the province.

With a mix of past Paralympic and national champions and relative newcomers to the sport, the 2018 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship is sure to be an entertaining affair.

Three teams of four wheelchair athletes will face off for the chance to win the BC title.

The skip of one of the teams, Richmond’s Darryl Neighbour, won gold with Team Jim Armstrong at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics.

In addition to Neighbour, there is a spattering of BC and national champions throughout the teams, including Gary Cormack; 2011, 2013, and 2015 BC champion and 2010 national champion; Bob MacDonald and Janice Ing, last year’s BC champions; and Ellis Tull, who won the BC championship in 2016 and was named to the national team in 2017.

Team Sticks ‘n’ Stones play in Langley so will be at their home club this year. They were bronze medallists last year.

Draws will take place on Friday, Jan. 12, Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14. The finals will take place on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Visit http://bot.curlbc.ca//web/Comp?compid=2681 to see the schedule and the results of all the draws as they come in.

The full team line-ups are:

Team Duddy (Quesnel Curling Centre):
• Skip: Alison Duddy (Quesnel)
• Third: Frank LaBounty (Prince George)
• Second: Ellis Tull (Nanaimo)
• Lead: Vince Miele (Richmond)
• Coach: Karen Watson

Team Sticks ‘n’ Stones (Langley Curling Centre):
• Skip: Tracy Boyd (Langley)
• Third: Zosia Ettenberg (Langley)
• Second: Mildred Thomas (Surrey)
• Lead: Aaron Gelowitz (Langley)
• Coach: Chris Summers

Team Neighbour (Richmond Curling Centre):
• Skip: Darryl Neighbour (Richmond)
• Third: Bob MacDonald (Vancouver)
• Second: Gary Cormack (Surrey)
• Lead: Janice Ing (Vancouver)

The winning team will travel to the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Leduc, Alberta, from Mar. 26-31, 2018.

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