Wheelchair Try Curling Event Provides Empowering Experience for New Participants

On Thursday, October 26, The PEAK leisure centre in Stirling played host to a phenomenally successful Wheelchair Try Curling Day. This event aimed to introduce the sport of wheelchair curling to individuals in the Stirling area and beyond. Organised by British Curling, in partnership with Active Stirling, and Stirling wheelchair coaches, the event attracted a multitude of enthusiastic new participants.

The Wheelchair Try Curling event provided an opportunity for individuals with varying degrees of physical abilities to try their hand at curling in a supportive and inclusive environment. Participants were introduced to the fundamentals of the sport while receiving guidance and training from experienced coaches.

Remarkably, one resolute female participant even travelled all the way from London to attend the sessions, highlighting the growing interest and enthusiasm for wheelchair curling across the nation. Her involvement demonstrated the sport's ability to unite and inspire people, regardless of geographical barriers.

Attendees had the chance to engage in the talent ID Wheelchair curling session, where they honed their skills and learned about the intricacies of the sport. With the assistance of British Curling, Active Stirling, and Stirling wheelchair coaches, the new wheelchair curlers were able to experience the thrill of the game firsthand.

The event not only introduced participants to wheelchair curling but also fostered a sense of community and empowerment. It offered a unique platform for individuals with disabilities to challenge themselves, discover new capabilities, and build lasting connections with their peers.

Watch highlights of the day here

It was a fantastic day, and a one-of-a-kind offering. Active Stirling were honoured to support British Curling with their event. Everyone involved enjoyed being part of the day, and I’m confident many attendees will be adopting curling as their new favourite sport.

Hammy McMillan, Curling Development Officer – Active Stirling

We are absolutely delighted with the turn out following our recent UK-wide Paralympic recruitment campaign. We at British Curling were extremely grateful to Active Stirling for their support and hosting at such a fantastic accessible facility as The PEAK. Feedback from individuals has been extremely positive and we hope this opens more areas of growth within the sport of wheelchair curling.

Cheryl Lappin, British Curling’s Paralympic Pathway Manager

The organisers extend their sincere gratitude to all participants, coaches, and volunteers who contributed to the overwhelming success of the Wheelchair Try Curling event. They look forward to continuing their efforts in promoting inclusivity and accessibility within the sport.

For further information

Please visit British Curling at britishcurling.org.uk/news/try-curling-wheelchair-day-deemed-roaring-success

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