What is Curling?
Male and female athletes can both participate in teams of mixed gender. Rules and regulations are similar to the able bodied version of the sport, however sweeping the ice in front of the stone is not used in wheelchair curling
As well as the rules and regulations being similar to able bodied curling, so is the aim; to slide a stone down the ice and aim for the centre of a target. Teams try to prevent each other from achieving the aim of the game by sliding stones in the way of the stones of their opponent or by knocking opponents’ stones out of the playing area.
Who can participate?
All athletes participating in the sport compete in wheelchairs. They must have a disability that permanently limits the use of their lower limbs meaning they are wheelchair dependent or only able to walk short distances.
What’s near me?
Wheelchair curling in Great Britain is popular especially in Scotland; where there are wheelchair curling clubs that athletes are able to access.
Outside of Scotland wheelchair curling clubs are rare and normally athletes chose to join able bodied clubs.