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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
For more information, media should contact:
Sarah Shima, Director - Media Relations, Capital Wheelchair Curling Club