Curling – the two disciplines competing at the Ontario ParaSport games are:
Visually Impaired Curling
Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice.Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight ends.
A great deal of strategy and teamwork go into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve.
Visually Impaired Curling utilizes a designated sweeper/brushing to help guide the rock to its intended target. Wheelchair Curling does not use sweepers.
Wheelchair Curling is a sport where 2 teams of four players use long delivery sticks to push granite rocks down a sheet of ice that is bumpy, towards rings resembling a dart board. The basic idea is to get as many of your coloured rocks closer to target than the other team. Each player throws 2 stones in an end (kind of like an inning in baseball). The players are assigned positions – lead, second, third (sometimes called vice) and skip. The skip tells the players which shot to play based on a certain strategy. The skip is at the opposite end of the ice from the other players. Unlike able-bodied curling, wheelchair curling has no brushing/sweeping that would influence the rock’s curl or distance traveled. So the thrower has to be a very good judge of how hard, light or straight they throw their stone. At the end of an “end” the team with the closest number of rocks to the “pin” without an opposition stone in the way scores the points. The game lasts 8 ends and each team is given 36 minutes of “thinking time” to play their game. The teams are mixed gender
Both wheelchair curling and visually impaired curling are games of chess on ice that require mental focus, strength, stamina and endurance. They are also a sports that encourage team building because each individual has a role to play and everyone contributes to the success of their team.
Curlers are great people! Almost anyone you ask will say they are involved because they love the people. Curling being a small team sport creates a very strong sense of teamwork where all members of the team contribute equally.
Canada is the Number One Curling Nation in the world – we’ve won gold medals at the last three Paralympics in the wheelchair curling discipline.
Wheelchair Curlers: 114
Visually Impaired Curlers: 40
The Ontario ParaSport Games provides a valuable training opportunity for our athletes whose aspirations include winning a provincial or national championship or being selected for a national team. The opportunity to compete in a multi-sport event is preparation for events such as the Paralympics where athletes are expected to perform in a multifaceted, high pressure event.The Ontario ParaSport Games would also provide an amazing opportunity for us to demonstrate the sport to those who may not have ever seen it. It will also be an opportunity to introduce the game of curling to people who use wheelchairs who are looking for a different sport that is both fun and competitive.
Brantford Golf and Country Club
60 Ava Road, Brantford
Schedules will be posted soon.