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Sunday, 7 September 2014

8th Annual Wheelchair Curling Danish Cup Results

 8th Annual Wheelchair Curling Danish Cup.

Congratulations to the medal winners;

1.Czech - Gold

2. Russia - Silver

3. Norway - Bronze.

4. Scotland

Friday, 29 August 2014

Italian wheelchair curling league set to have seven teams for 2014 – 2015 season

Posted on August 28, 2014 by

Flag of Italy.

Earlier today, the Campionato Italiano 2014-2015 schedule for wheelchair curling was announced on the Comitato Italiano Paralimpico website, along with the news that the league would feature seven teams.  This is up from six teams who participated last year.  l’Albatros Trento di Cagol has two teams competing in the league. Trentino Curling, Cortina 66, DISVAL AOSTA, Sport di Più e CC Claut are some of the other teams in the leagues.

The Palaghiaccio di Dolonne a Courmayeur facility is expected to be available for competition this year, after having been closed for a while.  The facility was the home for the DISVAL AOSTA team.  DISVAL comes into the competition was 2013 – 2014 champions, with team members Egidio Marchese, Emanuele Spelorzi, G. Fabrizio Ferrero, Maurizio Mauceri and Rita Dal Monte. After playing a few seasons for Trentino Curling and winning two championships, Sergio De Florian has made the move to  l’Albatros Trento di Cagol.

The season is important in Italian wheelchair curling because it assists national selectors in choosing the team to compete in upcoming World Cup events and other internationals later in the season.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Richmond to host 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship


Richmond to host 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship
By rconnopprice
One of the top training sites for the national wheelchair curling team will host the 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship.

The Richmond Curling Club will host the top wheelchair curlers in BC from January 16-18, 2015.
The club is no stranger to the adapted sport, having been the long-time host of the Canadian Open, an international wheelchair curling bonspiel, as well as one of the Paralympic wheelchair curling team’s favoured training centres. It is also the home club for several high-profile wheelchair athletes, including 2010 Paralympic gold medalist Darryl Neighbour and 2013 BC champion Gary Cormack.
Doug Bradley, Manager of Richmond Curling Club, said he always looks forward to hosting wheelchair curling events.

“We hosted the first national curling championship five years ago and the sport has really evolved since then. The rules have changed a bit and they have improved the equipment they use,” he said.
“For the most part, it’s not quite the same as an able bodied event. It’s a much smaller community who wheelchair curl, so they all know each other and they’re all very positive.”

The winner of the 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship will travel to Quebec in April 2015 for the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship.

From November 20 to 23, 2014, the Richmond Curling Club will host the 8th annual wheelchair curling bonspiel – the 2014 Canadian Open.

The event, organized by the Richmond Centre for Disability, hosts between six and eight teams every year, including teams from the USA and Scotland.

Visit http://www.richmondcurling.com/ for more information on the club.

About Richmond Curling Club

Richmond Curling Club is an eight-sheet facility located on Hollybridge Road in Richmond, near Vancouver Airport. It is a vibrant, busy club with competitive league curling, a junior program and great volunteer support. The club is home to the popular Big Rock Café.

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.
Source: http://www.curlbc.ca/richmond-to-host-2015-bc-wheelchair-curling-championship/

Friday, 8 August 2014

The 10th Annual Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel

The 10th Annual Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel

November 28 - 30, 2014

RA Centre

  2451 Riverside Drive  

Ottawa, Ontario



·         Competitive Teams – Registration fee is $395 CDN per five-person team. All competitive teams must register and pay in full by September 13, 2014.

·         Recreational Teams – Registration fee is $50 CDN per team member. All recreational teams must register and pay in full by September 13, 2014.

Registration fee includes cash prizes and a “pub grub” dinner for your team on Saturday evening, November 29th. Additional dinner tickets for guests can be purchased at the event. For planning purposes, please be sure to specify the number of extra dinner tickets on the form below.

Entry fee refunds will be available until October 18, 2014. If a team cancels after October 18, no refunds will be issued.


Competitive Team                        Recreational Team      

Team Name:
Name of team contact:
Postal/ZIP Code:
Email Address:
Name of Skip:
Name of Vice:
Name of Second:
Name of Lead:
Name of Alternate (if any):
Name of Coach(es):
Total number of people attending including players, coaches and others:
Number of additional dinner tickets required:                       (Tickets can be purchased at event)

Please make cheque or money order payable to the Capital Wheelchair Curling Club and mail with this completed form to:

Doug Morris

1315 Agincourt Road

Ottawa, ON K2C 2J3, Canada

If you have any questions, please email Doug.Morris@rogers.com.

Watch the CWCC website for more information.

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


Top Photo
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