Who can Play?
- You may enjoy curling using a wheelchair if you have a physical limitation that prevents you from being on the ice safely and comfortably while using a throwing stick from a standing position or a slide delivery.
- You can curl for fun or competitively. Canada has some of the best wheelchair curlers in the world.
- There are wheelchair leagues or you can curl in leagues and bonspiels with your friends and family.
What’s it all about?
- Wheelchair curling is an adaptation of curling for athletes with a disability. It is actually very similar to Able-bodied curling. The rules are close to the same but do have differences. Wheelchair curling is played with the same rocks and on the same ice as regular curling, though the rocks are delivered from a stationary wheelchair and there is no brushing. Rocks may be delivered by hand while leaning over the side of the wheelchair, or pushed by a delivery stick.
- For more information and to view videos head to curling.ca.
- Download our TryCurlingWheelchair brochure and flyer.
How do you get started?
- The following clubs are accessible to wheelchairs, each is linked to a general information email where possible – Contact the club nearest you and club staff will help put you in contact with someone who will help you get started. Most clubs will even help get you set up with equipment.
- Barrie Curling Club, Barrie
- The Curing Club of Collingwood, Collingwood
- Cornwall Curling Centre, Cornwall
- Ilderton Curling Club, Ilderton
- Leaside Curling Club, Toronto
- Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, Toronto
- King Curling Club, Schomberg
- Peterborough Curling Club, Peterborough
- Cityview Curling Club, Ottawa
- RA Curling Club, Ottawa
- St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, St. Catharines
- Syndenham Curling Club, Wallaceburg
- Kenora Curling Club , Kenora
- Fort William Curling Club, Thunder Bay
- Curl Sudbury, Sudbury
Don’t see your club listed here? Accessibility is changing constantly with clubs doing renovations, etc… Drop us a line at OCC@ontcurl.com and we’ll be sure to add your club to the list!
In addition to physical accessibility – the following is a list of “programs” with specific contacts who can get a new wheelchair participant started in the game, provide some instruction. There are active wheelchair curlers in most of these locations.
Competitive Wheelchair Curling
The Ontario Curling Council is committed to creating more opportunities for wheelchair athletes to compete.
Provincial and National Competitions:
- CurlON Provincial Playdowns
- Northern Ontario Curling Association Provincial Playdowns
- Ontario Winter Games
- Parasport Winter Games
- Cathy Kerr International Wheelchair Bonspiel
Wheelchair development camps and clinics will be hosted as funding opportunities exist. Efforts will be made to provide coaching support to talent identified teams/athletes to increase the number of Ontario athletes competing within Curling Canada’s National Team Program.
Information for Wheelchair Coaches
- Coaches working with Wheelchair athletes who intend to compete will require Competition Coach Certification.
- Coaches working with Wheelchair athletes at the club level are recommended to be Club Coach Trained.
- Specialized Wheelchair Curling Coach PD workshops are offered periodically. Interested in this training? Contact OCC@ontcurl.com.
Visual Impaired Curling
The Ontario Curling Council has recently started working with the Ontario Blind Curling Association, in an effort to include Visual-impaired curlers in some of our para-competitions. Visual-impaired Curling differs little from regular curling – there are four players, but the team benefits from the use of a designated sweeper, and a guide to help line up the curlers and communicate the shots called by the skip. Each event follows a classification system for the visual acuity of the team.
Visual-impaired Curling is included at the ParaSport Winter Games.
Many Active-for-Life curlers are able to continue to participate in the sport of curling with the use of the “stick.” The Ontario Curling Council’s member associations, CurlON and the NOCA have embraced stick curling and permit its use in many of their competitions. Check for specific event rules published with each competition.
Other “Stick” Programs and Competitions