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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Wheelchair instructor certification course to be offered

July 16, 2014, midnight (ET)
Want to learn to teach new wheelchair curlers in your club?
USA Curling is offering a new pilot Wheelchair Instructor Certification Course on Aug. 2 at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn. The course is designed to help experienced curlers recruit and instruct new wheelchair curlers in their clubs.
More information and special pricing is included within the attached flyer. Contact Kim Nawyn at kim.nawyn@usacurl.org with questions. 
We will add more courses in the near future!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Cape curlers host international competition


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Players from across the United States and Canada compete at the 45th annual Summerspiel curling tournament at the Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth on Friday. Mixed C TShane Flanigan/Cape Cod Times

FALMOUTH — On opening night of the 45th annual Summerspiel curling tournament Thursday, curlers from all over the world mingled over food and drinks at the Cape Cod Curling Club. Although this might seem like unusually friendly behavior for athletes who will be competing against each other for the next three weeks, Russ Lemcke said the camaraderie was all part of the sport.
"One of our members says that she's not sure if curling is an athletic sport with a high social context or a social gathering that's very intensive in sport," Lemcke said.
Summerspiel runs until July 27 at the Cape Cod Curling Club, 37 Highfield Drive, Falmouth.
  • Tournaments will start at 8:30 a.m., usually ending at around 6 p.m. but sometimes going later.
  • There is no admission charge, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Lemcke is a main organizer for Summerspiel, an event that, with 450 participants, is believed to be the largest off-season curling tournament in the world. Lemcke is a veteran to the sport, curling since he was a child in Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been involved in the Cape Cod Curling Club for more than 40 years and will be competing in both the men's and mixed bonspiels, or tourneys.
Curling is like shuffleboard on ice — although it is also called chess on ice — with players sliding heavy polished granite stones, or rocks, toward a circular target. Sweepers accompany the stone as it slides along, using brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of it and determine its placement.
Summerspiel is divided into five smaller "bonspiels" or curling tournaments, which consist of mixed, men's, women's, juniors and wheelchair competitions, according to Lemcke. Curlers range in age from 8 to 80.
Although skills range from beginner to Olympic level, the core of the tournament isn't about winners and losers but rather making new friends and having fun doing it, he said.
"The interesting thing about curling is that, after it's done, you shake hands with your opponents and then the winners buy the losers a refreshment," Lemcke said.
Spots in the off-season tournament are so highly coveted that Jane Renton and her husband, Mike, of Brampton, Ontario, went to extreme measures to compete in their first Summerspiel six tournaments ago.
"I just sent the club a blank check and said put whatever amount it takes for us to compete," Jane Renton said.
The club filled out the check, for the standard amount, and registered the Rentons. They have competed in Summerspiel every year since.
"The people here are spectacular," Mike Renton said. "They treat you really well. That's why we come back."
Curlers travel from different parts of the United States, as well as countries such as Canada, Scotland and Russia to compete. While all competitors are excited to give it their all on the ice, there is a social aspect to the sport that keeps curlers coming back to Summerspiel year after year.
"Our club has a reputation as one of the most welcoming clubs out there," Cape Cod Curling Club president Steve O'Neil said.
For Paralympic curler Meghan Lino, of East Falmouth, competing in Summerspiel's wheelchair division is an opportunity to reconnect with the club that started her athletic career. Lino did not start curling until 2009, when she was introduced to the sport at a Cape Cod Curling Club charity event.
"I was hooked from the first rock I threw," Lino said.
Since then, Lino has competed on national and global levels, traveling all over Canada and Europe. She was a member of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team, which placed fifth out of 10 teams. Lino is one of two Paralympic curlers from Cape Cod; the other is David Palmer of Mashpee.
Without curling, Lino is unsure where she would be. The sport gave her an opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and see the world. "I've always been kind of a social butterfly, but it gave me the push I needed," Lino said. "It changed my life, big time."

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Boucherville to host second straight Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship

Boucherville to host second straight Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 - Posted by Al Cameron
Boucherville, Que., will play host to the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship for the second straight year, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association.

Canada's top wheelchair curlers will once again gather in Boucherville, Que., for the 2015 Canadian Championship. (Photo, Morgan Daw)
Canada’s top wheelchair curlers will once again gather in Boucherville, Que., for the 2015 Canadian Championship. (Photo, Morgan Daw)
The 12th wheelchair nationals will be staged April 27 to May 3, 2015, at Club de curling Boucherville in Boucherville, Que.
The 2015 Canadian Wheelchair Championship will again be organized and operated by Défi sportif AlterGo, a Quebec-based organization focused on raising awareness of sports for athletes with a disability.
“We’re excited to be able to get behind the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship for the second straight year,” said Maxime Gagnon, the director for Défi sportif AlterGo. “The 2014 event in Boucherville was a resounding success according from the standpoint of the participants, the spectators and the organizers, and we’re hoping to make it even better in 2015.”
At the 2014 nationals, Manitoba won its second Canadian championship when Dennis Thiessen and his team from the Assiniboine Curling Club (third Mark Wherrett, second Melissa Lecuyer, lead Jamie Anseeuw and coach Tom Wherrett) beat defending champion Benoit Lessard of Quebec 8-5 in the gold-medal game. It capped an amazing season for Thiessen, who also won gold playing for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Paraympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship began in 2004 and has previously been won by Team Canada (skip Chris Daw) in 2004, 2005 and 2006; by British Columbia in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack); by Manitoba (skip Chris Sobkowicz) in 2011; and by Saskatchewan (skip Darwin Bender) in 2012.

Monday, 23 June 2014




SUNDAY 18 - TUESDAY 20 January 2015




£170 per Team



The championship will be played by mixed gender teams.

Entry is limited to 12 teams

Each team will play 6 matches. Made up of 5 group matches, 4 play-off matches for teams in 3rd,4th,5th & 6th place in each section, 2 semi-finals, final & 3rd 4th play-off.

2 matches will be played per day. Make the semi-final you will have 3 matches on the last day.

1st match 2.30pm Sunday - Tournament finish by 8pm Tuesday

8 ends or the Bell will be played




Transport can be arranged from your arrival airport to hotel and between hotel and ice rink if required. To provide transport during your stay we would require you to include £100 deposit with your entry fee. The remaining cost for transport to be paid directly by each team to the driver.




The 2 nearest hotels are:-

Holiday Inn Express Town Centre (5 minute walk from ice rink)

Keith Street, Hamilton, ML3 7BL, United Kingdom

Tel: +44-1698-456300 (Front Desk)


Holiday Inn Express: Strathclyde Park (Transport would be required from this hotel)

Hamilton Road, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Strathclyde, ML1 3RB, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44-1698-858585 (Front Desk)


All accommodation to be booked and paid directly by each team. 




Teams will be informed if their entry has been accepted no later than 14th OCTOBER 2014.


Draw will be sent by 30th November 2014


Please note that event organisers reserve the right to select the field for their tournament in the event of oversubscription.












TEAM             _______________________________


Skip                _______________________________


Third               _______________________________ 


Second          _______________________________


Lead               _______________________________


Reserve         _______________________________


Team contact details

Name             ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_______________________________

e-mail             ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_______________________________

Telephone     ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_______________________________


Entry Fee Payment

Payment should be made, along with entry, by bank transfer to:

Royal Bank of Scotland (Giffnock Branch)

158A Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6XB

Sort Code: 83-20-22

Acc. No: 00150114

IBAN GB51RBOS83202200150114


Account name: Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association

Reference: British Open - Your Team Name


If payment by cheque is required please email gordon.rainey@talktalk.net for postal address.

Completed entry forms should be returned to: gordon.rainey@talktalk.net


Thank You

Ian Archer - Tournament Coordinator


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Sweden's Jalle Jungell does some indoor curling!

 Inspirational day on June 13.

Wheelchair Curler now lectures at 14.15

At the Rehab Station/Spinalis, you will also be able to meet with representatives of the RG Active Rehabilitation, DHR, RTP, Neuroförbundet and last but not least, you can learn more about cycling in project Paracykel. Welcome!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Curl BC announces 2014 award winners

May 28, 2014 by · 

Two Paralympic gold medallists are among the recipients of the 2014 Curl BC Annual Awards.
Lead Sonja Gaudet, who was Canada’s flag-bearer at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games, was named Female Athlete of the Year.

Meanwhile her teammate Ina Forrest, who played third on the Paralympic team that struck gold in Sochi, was given the award for Athlete with a Disability.

coquitlam best western feature
Sonja, Ina and 14 other award winners have been invited to a banquet in their honour at the Best Western PLUS Coquitlam Inn on June 14.  Ina and volunteer Karen Watson will be giving the keynote address at the banquet on the topic of the Paralympics in Sochi. Tickets are available through http://www.curlbc.ca/2014-curl-bc-annual-awards-banquet/.

Gerry Peckham, High Performance Director at the Canadian Curling Association, was just one of the people to support Sonja’s nomination. He said: “As an athlete Sonja is relentless in her pursuit of excellence and has also emerged as a great ambassador of wheelchair curling world-wide. In addition to her commitment and responsibility to the life of a training Paralympian, she continuously demonstrates unwavering caring and dedication to her community. “

Ina, meanwhile, was described as “hard-working, community-minded and always pleasant to be around.” She is the absolute epitome of her motto that “life is a journey, so plan a great trip.”
Both Sonja and Ina are members of Vernon Curling Club.

Another member of Vernon Curling Club, Jim Cotter, was named Male Athlete of the Year. Jim had an incredibly successful season in 2013-14, winning the chance to play in the Olympic Trials after clinching victory at the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar. Then in December, with his team of John Morris, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky, Jim narrowly missed out on the chance to play at the Olympics – finishing as runner-up behind eventual Olympic gold medallists Team Brad Jacobs.
In February, Jim went on to win gold at the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, earning the opportunity to play at the Tim Hortons Brier in his hometown of Kamloops. His team blazed through the round robin games and into the playoffs, but lost to Team Kevin Koe in the final, taking home the silver medal.

Coquitlam Curling Club was named Curling Centre of the Year because of the fantastic work they have carried out in the 2013-14 season. The Coquitlam Curling Association, the volunteer association that runs the club, has been able to increase enrolment in junior curling and to host a variety of competitive and fundraising events. Barry Ayers, the association’s vice president, was named Volunteer of the Year for his efforts to make all this possible. Barry’s energy is admirable and he consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to help make the club a better place.

The Sponsor of the Year (Provincial) award has gone to Curl BC’s hotel sponsor, Best Western. The hotel brand has been a big supporter of curling in B.C. for more than a decade, and has made a particular impact on women’s curling with its sponsorship of the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western. Curlers from Delta to Prince George and beyond have been able to benefit from the partnership, with Best Western giving members up to 20% off hotel stays around the world.

Other award winners

Team of the Year:
Team Kesa Van Osch, from Victoria Curling Centre. This team won the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, despite this being only their first year together. They punched above their weight against much more experienced teams at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The team was nominated because of their dedication and commitment to the sport.
Master Athlete of the Year:
Ralph Will, from Fernie. Ralph skipped the Masters team that won the 2014 BC Masters Curling Championships representing Cranbrook and Sparwood Curling Clubs. He travelled to Coaldale, Alberta, where his team narrowly missed out on a medal at nationals. At age 68, Ralph still lives to curl.
Anita Cochrane Award for Coach of the Year:
Paul Tardi, from Langley Curling Club. Paul coached juvenile and junior teams at the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships, the 2014 BC Winter Games, the BC High School Curling Championships and the Canada Winter Games qualifier. His teams medalled at each event, including gold at the Canada Winter Games event. Paul was nominated not just for his results but because of his great attitude toward knowledge. He shares his knowledge, not just with players but also with other coaches in the curling community.
Wally M’Lot Award for Official of the Year:
Vonda Hofferd, from Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Vonda took over the role of Curl BC Officiating Coordinator in the 2013-14 season. She has proved herself to be a dedicated volunteer and a bundle of energy. She is understanding, willing to learn, and very easy to work with.
Junior Female Athlete of the Year:
Sarah Daniels, Delta Thistle Curling Club. This is the second year in a row that Sarah has won this award. Sarah, who recently turned 15, has a remarkable commitment to the sport of curling. She helped her junior team to a silver medal at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships and skipped her Under-17 team to a gold medal at the Canada Winter Games qualifier in Vernon. The result means her team will represent BC at the Canada Winter Games in February and March 2015.
Junior Male Athlete of the Year:
Tyler Tardi, Langley Curling Club. Tyler had a fantastic competitive season in 2013-14. He won the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence at the BC Winter Games – this year was the first time a curler had won this award. He also won silver at the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships and silver at the 2014 BC High School Curling Championships. In March, Tyler skipped a team at the Canada Winter Games qualifier, winning a gold medal and the chance to represent BC in Prince George next season.
Sponsor of the Year (Regional):
Colour Time Printing and Digital Imaging, Vancouver. Colour Time has been a great supporter of curling and a great supporter of the Coquitlam Curling Club. Colour Time and its General Manager, John Plonka, has produced posters, tickets, programs and other material at no charge for several championship events. Colour Time also prints tickets and promotional material for the Optimist/Curl BC Junior Curling Raffle, an important fundraising for junior curling.
Janette Robbins Award (Builder):
Mike West, Juan de Fuca Curling Association/Parksville Curling Club. Mike, who recently moved to Qualicum Beach from Victoria, is a committed volunteer who is never too busy to help the curling community. He has served on the Curl BC board for six years and been Curl BC’s Head Statistician for five years. Mike is a familiar face at Curl BC and other curling events and never hesitates to help when asked.
Pat Kennedy Award (Long Service Volunteer):
Marianne Bauld, Elkford Curling Club. Marianne has been the president of Elkford Curling Club for more than a decade. She has been involved in the club’s Little Rockers and junior programs, helping to inspire the younger generation to curl. Marianne is always there to help, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Elsie MacKenzie Youth/Junior Curling Award:
Dave Gaspar, Invermere Curling Club. Dave was a key person behind the establishment of an inter-club program for youth in Region 2 (East Kootenays). He also helped to coordinate the Optimists’ Getting Started in Curling Camp that was hosted at Invermere in October 2012. His goal has been to recruit as many young curlers as possible to promote the sport of curling in the region.
Friendship Award:
Royal City Woodward’s League/Westwood League, New Westminster. The Woodward’s League started at the Westminster Club in 1953. When that club was closed and the Royal City Curling Club was built, the league moved there. Since Woodward’s closure, the league was renamed the Westwood League and is still going strong, 60 years later. A celebration of the league’s 60th anniversary was held on April 12, 2014.
About Curl BC
Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

KOREA - 2014 FILA Cup national wheelchair curling Championships

2014 FILA Cup national wheelchair curling Championships under way in Korea

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Wheelchair curling picking up pace in Israel

05/13/2014 00:40

Israeli wheelchair curlers set their sites on the 2015 World Championships in Lohja, Finland and the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Winter Paralympics.

Israeli wheelchair curlers
Israeli wheelchair curlers Photo: ISRAEL CURLING FEDERATION
With the Winter Olympics in Sochi well in the rearview mirror, there are still many athletes that dream of one day testing their skill on the world’s biggest sporting stage. In Israel, this is even more relevant for Paralympic athletes.

Generally, the Winter Paralympic Games are held almost two weeks after the Winter Olympic Games in the same host city, in many of the same venues, and in many of the same sports. For 2018, the host city is Pyeongchang, South Korea, and for a group of Israeli wheelchair curlers that dream might just become a reality.

Curling is certainly not an indigenous sport to Israel or really anywhere in the Middle East. It is Scottish by origin and played by over 1.2 million people in Canada. Canadian dominance in curling is well documented historically and was again evident in 2014 when the Canadian men, women, and wheelchair curlers all took home gold medals in Sochi.

The group of Israeli wheelchair curlers training for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics traveled to Bratislava recently for three days of practice and a friendly with the Slovakian National Team, which placed sixth at Sochi Paralympic Games.

The 2014 games in Sochi were only wheelchair curling’s third time as a Winter Paralympic sport including the 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver Games. In each of those three Games, Canada won Paralympic gold in wheelchair curling.

Leave it up to five determined Israeli wheelchair athletes to try to change that trend and compete for a spot to represent Israel in its first ever Winter Paralympic sport and first ever winter team sport.

Israelis have competed with success at Summer Paralympic Games with 124 gold medals since 1960.

Among the wheelchair curlers who trained in Bratislava was David Drai, who competed in basketball at the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing.

Drai continues to coach basketball at Beit HaLochem in Jerusalem and was recently asked how he got involved in what Canadians refer to as the “roaring game” (because of the noise the 20 kilogram granite rock makes as it travels down the ice).

“This is a thinking sport and much like chess it involves a lot of patience and precision,” noted Drai. “We want to show the world that Israelis can excel at this too. For me, it’s a sport without physical contact unlike basketball and it allows you to compete for many years and at a more advanced age, as long as you can stand the cold.”

Along with Drai, the four other wheelchair athletes were given instruction by the Slovakian National Team coach and they also participated in a friendly match against the Slovakian Wheelchair Curling National Team.

The Israeli wheelchair curlers will continue to train as they look to earn a spot in the 2015 World Championships in Lohja, Finland, in February. To qualify for that event, they must place first or second in a European qualifier held in Lillehammer, Norway, at the beginning of November.

Of the 53 member nations in the World Curling Federation, only 20 or so field wheelchair curling teams.

“With 12 spots in the Paralympics these are pretty good odds”, stated Israel Curling Federation General Secretary, Sharon Cohen. “We know what we need to do to qualify out of Europe and get through to the World Championships and with a good showing at Worlds we can get a birth in the Paralympics.

“Without a facility here in Israel, it means we must train abroad and that’s hard on us but we are determined.”

Wheelchair curling is a co-ed sport consisting of four players, of which at least one must always be female.

Sharon explained that “the fact that we receive very little to no funding from the Israel Olympic Committee, the Israeli government, and the Ministry of Sports limits us, so we continue to try to raise funds privately for the wheelchair curling team and we hope to one day build a dedicated curling facility here in Israel.”

For more information on curling and wheelchair curling in Israel, please contact info@curling.co.il.