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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ottawa to host world’s largest wheelchair curling bonspiel

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Ottawa to host world’s largest wheelchair curling bonspiel

OTTAWA, November 4, 2013 - Over one hundred athletes from around the world, plus their coaches, families, and support staff, are expected to compete at the 9th annual International Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel from November 28 – December 1, 2013.

Five national Paralympic teams (USA, Korea, Great Britain, Slovakia, and Canada) have already registered, as well as the provincial teams from Quebec, Newfoundland/Labrador, and Nova Scotia, and six teams from Ontario.

This year, the World Curling Federation has chosen the International Cathy Kerr Memorial Bonspiel (Competitive Division), as one of two international events for athletes wishing to be classified for participation in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Wheelchair curling started in Canada in 2001, and is played by athletes with a physical disability that does not allow them to play regular curling. The rules are the same, the same rocks and ice are used; however, the rocks are delivered from a stationary wheelchair and there is no sweeping.

The annual International Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel is held in memory of Cathy Kerr, one of the original board members of the Capital Wheelchair Curling Club and a leader in inclusion and accessibility advocacy.

Ottawa’s Capital Wheelchair Curling Club will host the bonspiel at the RA Centre.

For more information, media should contact:
Sarah Shima, Director - Media Relations, Capital Wheelchair Curling Club
E-mail: flying_mountain(at)yahoo.com

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