Did you know that Canada has won every single Paralympic gold medal in wheelchair curling since it was introduced to the Paralympic Winter Games Program at the 2006 Paralympic Games?
CAN Curl: Intro to floor curling
Curl BC launched CAN Curl in 2010 thanks to funding from the Canucks for Kids Fund, Curling Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC). 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. Pizzeria, Curbowling, The 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 Penny Bartel, Curl BC Participation 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.
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)
- 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 Penny Bartel, Curl BC Participation Manager (604-333-3620).
Stick Curling Clinic 2016
Whether you are new to curling, or just new to stick curling, or want to improve your stick curling skills, Curl BC is hosting a Stick Curling Clinic at the Golden Ears Winter Club on Friday December 2. This clinic (both morning and afternoon sessions) are also open to those who use a wheelchair for mobility. Those that have limited upper body strength can attend the afternoon session (1-3 PM) for more support as they learn how to wheelchair curl.
CAN Curl More Testimonials
“I must be honest. I wasn’t enthusiastic to play. But now, I even want to put a team together. I’m PSYCHED.”
“Great! Lots of fun.”
Contact Curl BC if you or your curling club or organization is interested in hosting a CAN Curl More clinic.
A special thanks to the Spinal Cord Injury Association of BC and the BC Wheelchair Sports Association for their cross-promotion and servicing of these clinics.
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
Learn to instruct wheelchair curling
Wheelchair curling instruction manual (this also includes of the rules of play at the end of the document)