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Wheelchair Curling

Did you know that Canada has won a medal in wheelchair curling at every Paralympics since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Winter Games Program at the 2006 Paralympic Games?

Drop In Wheelchair Curling 
Fridays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Delta Thistle Curling Club
$10 for non Delta Thistle Curling Club members and $5 for Delta Thistle Curling Club members

CAN Curl: Intro to floor curling

CAN Curl is a first contact introduction to floor curling for individuals with a disability. Using specialized indoor curling equipment paired with additional adaptive equipment, participants are given an opportunity to try the tactical and strategic sport in a gym setting. The sessions are facilitator led and 45 minutes to two hours in length. PizzeriaCurbowlingThe More the Merrier and many more fun drills, skills, games and cheers are what participants will experience.

To inquire about booking a CAN Curl session please contact Melissa Sim, Curl BC Member Services Manager (604-333-3620).

CAN Curl More: Discover Wheelchair Curling Clinics

Curl BC launched a  a second phase Can Curl More to the very successful CAN Curl workshops. CAN Curl More clinics are four hour certified coach facilitated on-ice and in-class curling clinics at curling clubs across BC.

Clinic details:

  • Introductory 4-hour clinic (first time wheelchair curlers)
  • Intermediate 4-hour clinic (having taken Introductory clinic or have played in curling leagues for 1+ years)
  • Hosted at a curling clubs within BC
  • Clinic spots may be limited to ensure fair participant to coach ratio
  • Minimal cost to participate
  • Participants must bring their own wheelchair to the clinic (powerchair users may use powerchairs on the ice)
  • Participants must be able to push a 40 pound weight (stone)  independently (with use of a push stick)

Who can ask for a clinic?

  • Community groups
  • Rehabilitation facilities, recreational therapists, physiotherapist etc..
  • Curl BC Curling centres
  • Individuals with a disability (there must be minimum 4 to 6 participants for a clinic to delivered)

The goal from CAN Curl More clinics is to get more people with disabilities playing in curling leagues, bonspiels and competitions, having experienced a positive and professional first-time experience.
To inquire about booking a CAN Curl More session please contact Melissa Sim, Curl BC Member Services Manager (604-333-3620).

Additional Resources

Unsure if your facility is equipped or ready to include children with a disability into your Little Rock and Junior Programs? Read this guest blog by Curl BC regarding inclusion and adapting programs.

Learn to curl in a wheelchair

Wheelchair curling instruction videos

Links

Rules of Curling – Including Wheelchair Curling

Canadian Paralympic Committee – Wheelchair curling

World Curling Federation – wheelchair curling

Blind Curling

West Coast Blind Curling Association (WCBCA)
Fraser Hiltz, fraserhiltz@gmail.com, 604-379-0035

Blind Curling Coordinator Jim Hall
604-261-8796

Follow the Western Blind Curling Association (WBCA) on Facebook.

WCBCA Provincial Playdowns — 100 Mile House — January 10-13, 2019 [Draw Schedule]
Western Blind Curling Association (WBCA) Championships  Kamloops — March 20-23, 2019

Curling is a very popular Canadian sport. Teams of four players alternately deliver two rocks each to the “house” at the other end of a sheet of ice. When all the rocks have been delivered, an “end” has been completed and the team whose rock is closest to the centre of the house scores. One point is awarded for each rock that is closer to the centre than any of the opposition rocks. One can normally play eight ends in a two-hour time period and the team with the highest score wins.

Curling for the Blind and Visually Impaired is essentially the same as the game played by sighted people. The difference is that each team has a sighted guide to assist the players in their delivery. The guide first describes the location of the rocks in the house and the type of shot that the skip has requested e.g. guard, draw or takeout. The guide then assists each player in delivering his/her rock along the line that is necessary to make the shot. Depending on the degree of visual impairment of the player, the guide may hold the broom at a short distance in front of the player, set a flashlight on the line of delivery or communicate with the player to ensure that he/she is lined up correctly in the hack.

Vancouver Blind Curling Club:
The Vancouver Blind Curling Club has been in operation since 1974. The group meets every Wednesday at the Vancouver Curling Club from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Curling Club is located at the corner of Midlothian Ave. and Dinmont Ave. (near Nat Bailey Stadium). The season runs from late September until late March each year. Each week an optional lunch (low cost) is provided at the curling rink which is followed by a two-hour curling game. The players are arranged into teams at the beginning of the season and each team includes a volunteer guide. New teams are arranged for the second half and prizes are awarded to the winning teams. In addition to the curling, players enjoy the social aspects of this organization.

Each year a select team may compete in Provincial, Western or Canadian Blind Curling competitions.

Vancouver Curling Club
Contact Ann de la Hey, Gen. Mgr. adelahey@vancurl.com
phone: 1-604-874-0122
Wednesdays: 12 noon to 2pm

Blind or visually impaired people of all ages are encouraged to join. For more information, contact Carol Kent (604-266-9656; carolkent@telus.net) or BC Blind Sports at 604-325-8638 or Curl BC at 604-333-3620; msim@curlbc.ca.

Deaf Curling

2020 Canada Deaf Games

May 12-16, 2020
Edmonton, AB

Organizations:

The Canadian Deaf Curling Association
http://www.deafcurlcanada.org
President, Bradford Bentley
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 734-2250, Fax: (604) 734-2254
president@deafcurlcanada.org

BC Deaf Sports Federation
http://www.bcdeafsports.bc.ca/
Office Administrator, Leonor Johnson bcdeafsports@telus.net

Current Curling Clubs with deaf curling teams:

Click here for club contact information.

Royal Curling Curling Club
Sundays at 12:30 PM to 2:15 PM

North Shore Winter Club

Marpole Curling Club

Langley Curling Club

Stick Curling & Sturling

Information on stick curling, including the rules of play, can be found by visiting www.canadianstickcurling.ca.

Information on the two-person version of stick curling, where the slide delivery is allowed, can be found at www.sturling.net.

Special Olympics Curling

Special Olympics curling programs are offered at selected clubs based on athlete interest in the community: Nakusp, Kamloops, Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna, Princeton, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Surrey, Ridge Meadows, Abbotsford, Langley, Richmond, Burnaby, Delta, Vancouver, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Port Alberni, Victoria, Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Oceanside, Powell River, Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Burns Lake, Prince George, Quesnel

Since 1980, Special Olympics BC (SOBC), a registered charitable organization, has provided high-quality sports programs and competitions to meet the needs and interests of individuals with intellectual disabilities, enriching lives, and celebrating personal achievement through positive sport experiences.

Today, over 3,500 athletes participate in Special Olympics BC sports programs in 54 communities across British Columbia. Special Olympics BC offers year-round programs in eighteen sports-including curling-as well as local, provincial, national, and international competitive opportunities. These sport opportunities provide athletes with far more than the physical benefits of improved health and athletic ability. The participation in sport provides opportunities for athletes to develop social skills, cultivate friendships, strive for and achieve goals, and increase their self-esteem-enabling athletes to win in sport, and in life.

Contact Information: Special Olympics BC
#210-3701 East Hastings
Burnaby, BC V5C 2H6
Direct Line: 604-737-3078
Toll-free: 1-888-854-2276
Fax: 604-737-3080
Email: info@specialolympics.bc.ca
Website: www.specialolympics.bc.ca

Here is an excerpt from the BC Special Olympics web site at www.specialolympics.bc.ca.

“For individuals with intellectual disabilities, BC Special Olympics offers life-enriching opportunities to:

  • Train in high-quality sports programs with certified coaches.
  • Exercise regularly and improve their health, motor skills and coordination.
  • Learn about teamwork and sportsmanship.
  • Set athletic and personal goals.
  • Increase confidence and self esteem.
  • Meet new friends in a fun environment.
  • Compete and travel.

BC Special Olympics welcomes athletes from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, interests and levels of ability, and provides a range of opportunities that are suitable to diverse needs. BC Special Olympics athletes may choose to train year-round in one or several of the 14 sports offered. You may choose to participate in BCSO recreationally, or aim to compete at regional, provincial, national or world competitions. “

BC Special Olympics offers coaching opportunities in 14 sports – 7 summer and 7 winter, including curling. For more information, contact BC Special Olympics or your local curling club.

Click here to visit the online Special Olympics Curling Manual.

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