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Monday, January 16, 2012

Nova Scotia hosts intro clinic

Article link: http://www.ngnews.ca/Sports/2012-01-16/article-2865835/Wheelchair-curling-on-the-rise/1 - submitted by: Eric Eales

NEW GLASGOW - About a half dozen people turned out to the Caledonia Curling Club in Pictou to learn a new variation of an old sport.

Trendal Hubley-Bolivar
Trendal Hubley-Bolivar with the Nova Scotia Curling Association conducted a stick curling clinic this past weekend at the Pictou rink on what is being labeled as a new and fast growing Canadian winter sport.

"Interest is picking, but there isn't a place outside of Halifax that does it right now," said Alta Munro, past president of the Caledonia Curling Club. "Our club is the only wheelchair accessible one in the county because we don't have stairs down to the ice."

She said a new accessible washroom was also installed in the club with financial help from Let Abilities Work and club members who did the labour.

Munro said she is pleased with the turnout of curlers from last weekend's event and hopes for a strong showing this coming Saturday and Sunday.

She added that although the participants are learning the sport through a clinic focusing on people in wheelchairs, these same people can join in on many of the matches that regularly take place at the club.

"We have curling every Friday night that is open," she said. "The teams are made up when the people arrive. It's a very social evening."

Wheelchair curling workshops will take place next weekend from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for anyone who is interested. No registration is required and the event is free of charge.


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