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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Wheelchair Curling Classifier Seminar

International Classification panel made up of - Younghee Lee (China) , Marc Deperno (USA), Jooyoung Park ( Korea), Kate Caithness (WCF President), Andrew Burt (Scotland), Roman Suda and Eeva Roethlisberger (Switzerland)

Is there a change of a different type on the wind?

It seems it may be, in November of last year it seems a panel of experts came together in Korea for an International discussion on Wheelchair curling classification.

Will wheelchair curling finally get an official classification system?

The outcome of the seminar and workshop is unknown but I am sure time will tell if we suddenly see major changes to who can or cannot play. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Eric Eales said...

The question remains should wheelchair curling be defined as a sport played from a wheelchair, or one restricted to those who use a wheelchairs when not playing?

Present classification is highly technical and permits participation by people whose only contact with wheelchairs is on the ice. This treats wheelchairs in the same way as skis, or sledges.

I doubt that anyone at the sport's beginning considered that possibility.

My own feeling is classification breeds abuse. Either limit WCF level wheelchair curling to off-ice wheelchair users, or permit anyone to sit in a wheelchair and play, which is after-all the model has Canada adopted since 2007.