Wheelchair Curling in London
January 11, 2011
The game has been revived in London and has been growing over the past three years. The London Wheelchair Curling League curls out of the Ilderton Curling Club which is about 10 km north of London. The Club currently has about a dozen dedicated members. It is open to anyone who uses a wheelchair for most of their daily mobility.
The sport has only been played in Canada for about eight years but Canada is considered a powerhouse. In fact, Canadian Teams have won the last two Gold medals at the Paralympics and the first Olympic Banner hangs in the Ilderton Curling Club.
Ilderton has also been the home of three teams which has won the Canadian Championships and their banners are also on display within the Curling Club.
All equipment is supplied and the cost to play is minimal. Unfortunately transportation for some athletes remains a problem. Sessions are presently from 11 am until 1 pm almost every Sunday from late October until March. There is even a competitive section which has traveled to bonspiels in other Ontario cities. They also compete for the Ontario Provincial Championship and the chance to represent the Province at the Canadian Championships held annually across Canada.
The game is similar to regular able-bodied curling except there is no sweeping. The game is easy to learn and with a bit of practice it can be mastered easily. You can play it for recreation and the social events or even get into the competitive section too. The sky is the limit for you including the Paralympics!!
Further information can be obtained from Coach Ernie Comerford at 519-203-0087 or via email at [email protected]
Come out and give it a try!