Tag: Wheelchair Curling
Wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut in Torino in 2006.
Teams are comprised of male and female athletes who have a physical impairment in the lower half of their body. This can include spinal-cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and double-leg amputation.
The team has four players: Lead, second, third and skip, plus an alternate who can come in as a replacement.
Steve Emt was rolling himself up a hill to a pie shop in Falmouth, Massachusetts, when the coach of a wheelchair curling team noticed the former UConn basketball player.
The shop’s name was Pie in the Sky. An interesting coincidence, Emt thought, when Tony Colacchio approached him and suggested that within a year he could turn Emt into a Paralympic athlete in a sport he’d never heard of.
It took a few years, but next month, Emt will compete in the Paralympic Games in South Korea as the vice skip of the United States curling team.
Earlier today, World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2015 published the team lists on their website for the upcoming event.
The Canadian team includes Ina Forrest, Dennis Thiessen, Sonja Gaudet, Mark Ideson and Marie Wright. They are coached by Joe Rea. They come into the event as reigning Paralympic medalists. They beat Russia 5 – 4, and Canada defeated Sweden 7 – 4 in group play in Sochi.
Thirty-eight year old Ideson, who is from London, Ontario, was an alternate on the 2013 gold medal winning world championship team, and was also a member of the 2014 Winter Paralympic gold medal winning team.