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Langley ready to host 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship

Langley Curling Centre will host a number of BC’s best wheelchair curlers this upcoming weekend for the 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship.

Three teams will be competing from January 4 to 6 for the title of best in BC: Richmond’s Team Neighbour (Darryl Neighbour, Bob MacDonald, Gary Cormack, Janice Ing), Quesnel’s Team Duddy (Alison Duddy, Frank LaBounty, Ellis Tull, Vince Miele), and Kelowna, Langley, Marpole and Richmond’s Team Austgarden (Gerry Austgarden, Rick Robinson, Tracy Boyd, Marney Smithies).

The three competing skips are all former BC and Canadian champions. Neighbour, Duddy and Austgarden have all won the BC Wheelchair Curling Championships various times over the last 14 years. They also have experience playing together on the same team, most recently winning the 2015 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship along with Frank LaBounty.

In addition, Neighbour is a two-time world champion (2009, 2011) and he, Austgarden and Cormack have all won Paralympic gold (Austgarden and Cormack in 2006, Neighbour in 2010).

Round robin play begins on Friday January 4 at 9:00am. The final will take place on Sunday January 6 at 10:00am.

This season, Curling Canada is piloting a 14 team Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship. The 14 teams will include those from 10 member associations committed to sending a team (of which BC is one), a host team, and the top three ranked teams from 2018.

As BC won bronze at the 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, BC will be sending two teams (the top two teams from the 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship) to compete at the 2019 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec from April 26 to May 1.

Live scores, schedules and standings from the 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship will be available at playdowns.curlbc.ca. The event is free for spectators to attend.

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