2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en Canadian Curling Association Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:02:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Manitoba wins Canadian Wheelchair Championship http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/04/manitoba-wins-canadian-wheelchair-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/04/manitoba-wins-canadian-wheelchair-championship/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 22:07:24 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=245 Manitoba’s Dennis Thiessen and his Assiniboine Curling Club team are the 2014 Canadian wheelchair curling champions after stealing four ends on the way to an 8-5 victory over the defending champion, Quebec’s Benoit Lessard, on Sunday afternoon in Boucherville, Que.

2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Champions, Manitoba: Dennis Thiessen, Mark Wherret, coach Tom Wherrett, Jamie Anseeuw, Melissa Lecuyer (Photo Morgan Daw)

2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Champions, Manitoba: Dennis Thiessen, Mark Wherrett, coach Tom Wherrett, Jamie Anseeuw, Melissa Lecuyer (Photo Morgan Daw)

“What an unbelievable feeling,” said Thiessen who was backed by third Mark Wherrett, second Melissa Lecuyer, lead Jamie Anseeuw and coach Tom Wherrett. “We just kept the pressure on and took advantage of a few misses. It feels great. I’m so proud of my team.”

The game started aggressively, with lots of rocks in play and both skips showing confidence in calling the difficult shots. Manitoba led 7-2 after five ends and appeared to be in control of the game, but Quebec fought back in the sixth. Lessard, made a delicate takeout to score three and climb back to within two points.

But it wasn’t enough. In the eighth, with two Manitoba rocks in the rings, Lessard’s first rock wrecked on a guard, ending Quebec’s hopes for a repeat title and giving Thiessen his second Canadian championship since 2011.

Lessard and his team of vice Carl Marquis, second Sébastien Boisvert, lead Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay finished with an 8-1 record at the top of the standings after the round robin, but Thiessen made it to the finals the hard way.
After finishing in a four-way tie for third, he won a tie-breaker over Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender on Friday night, then defeated Alberta’s Jack Smart in the Page 3-4 playoff. In the semifinal against Ontario’s Mike Munro on Sunday morning, Manitoba took control with a steal of four in the fifth end and ran Ontario out of rocks for the 8-3 victory and a date with Quebec in the championship final.

“It feels like a golden year,” said Thiessen, who can add the Canadian championship to his 2014 Paralympic title. “I came here with no expectations, but we played our best and look where we are.”

Draw results and other event information are available at www.curling.ca and www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

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Quebec through to the final http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/03/quebec-through-to-the-final/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/03/quebec-through-to-the-final/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 00:53:10 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=232 Defending champion Benoit Lessard will lead his Quebec team into the finals of the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship after defeating Ontario’s Mike Munro in the Page 1-2 playoff on Saturday afternoon at the Club de curling Boucherville.

Lessard and his team of Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay scored a single in the first end and stole the next two ends to lead 5-0 at the fourth-end break. Leading 6-2 in the eighth, Quebec hit out for the win.

Ontario – Munro, Mark Ideson, Katie Palalunga, Christine Lavallee, Tony Reynen and coach Chris Bowden from the Ilderton Curling Club – will now take on Manitoba’s Dennis Thiessen in the semifinal on Sunday morning, with the winner moving on to the final against Quebec.

Team Quebec watches as Team Ontario makes their shot during action at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship (Photo Morgan Daw)

Team Quebec watches as Team Ontario makes their shot during action at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship (Photo Morgan Daw)

Thiessen and his team of Mark Wherrett, Melissa Lecuyer, Jamie Anseeuw and coach Tom Wherrett won the Page 3-4 playoff in a nailbiter against Alberta’s Jack Smart. After stealing three points in the seventh to tie the score at 7-7, Smart’s final draw slid through the rings, leaving Thiessen lying one for the 8-7 win.

The semifinal between Ontario and Manitoba begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, with the winner moving on to play Quebec in the championship final Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Live streaming of the event is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wcblog2

Draw results and other event information is available at www.curling.ca and www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

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Playoff teams set at Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/02/playoff-teams-set-at-canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/02/playoff-teams-set-at-canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 03:06:31 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=212 The playoff teams are set after a dramatic finish to Day 5 at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que.

Ontario's Mike Munro delivers his rock during Draw 9 action at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que. (Photo Morgan Daw)

Ontario’s Mike Munro delivers his rock during Draw 9 action at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que. (Photo Morgan Daw)

In a head-to-head battle between the two leaders in the final round robin draw, Quebec’s Benoit Lessard came from behind to defeat Ontario’s Mike Munro 6-5 and claim first place and last-rock advantage in the Page 1-2 playoff game.

Lessard trailed 5-1 after five ends but climbed back with a score of three in the sixth and singles in the final two ends to steal the win. The victory means Quebec finishes in first place with an 8-1 record just ahead of Ontario, who finishes at 7-2. The leaders will meet again in the Page 1-2 game Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET).

Tie-breakers were needed to determine the final two playoff teams after B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta all finished the round robin with matching 5-4 records.

In the first tie-breaker, Manitoba’s Dennis Thiessen stole three ends against Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender to go ahead 6-2 after six ends. Despite giving up a steal of two points in the final end, Manitoba came out on top of a 6-5 score and will move on to the Page 3-4 playoff.

Tie-breaker number two between B.C.’s Darryl Neighbour and Alberta’s Jack Smart was a thriller that featured Alberta stealing the last two ends to tie the game at 9-9, and then stealing another point in the extra end to win 10-9 and move on to the playoffs.

This means Manitoba finishes in third place and Alberta fourth, by virtue of their record against each other in the round robin, and they will meet in the Page 3-4 playoff on Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET)

The semifinal will be played on Sunday at 10 a.m., and the championship final takes place Sunday at 2:30 p.m., all times ET.

Live streaming of the event is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wcblog2

Draw results and other event information is available at www.curling.ca and www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

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Quebec and Ontario tied at the top http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/01/quebec-and-ontario-tied-at-the-top/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/05/01/quebec-and-ontario-tied-at-the-top/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 22:58:33 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=202 With seven draws completed in the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, the defending champions from Quebec look determined to defend their 2013 title after scoring two big wins on Thursday at the Club de curling Boucherville.

Magog’s Benoit Lessard, with his team of Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay defeated Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender 8-2 on Thursday morning, and went on to steal a lopsided 11-3 win over B.C.’s Darryl Neighbour in Draw 7.

Team Quebec skip Benoit Lessard prepares to deliver his rock at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Championship in Boucherville, Que. (Photo Morgan Daw)

Team Quebec skip Benoit Lessard prepares to deliver his rock at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Championship in Boucherville, Que. (Photo Morgan Daw)

With the two wins, Quebec now shares first place with Ontario’s Mike Munro, both teams with 6-1 records. Munro and his team from the Ilderton Curling Club, lost their first game of the round robin on Monday morning, a 12-3 rout by Dennis Thiessen of Manitoba. But Ontario bounced back against Nova Scotia’s George Horning in the afternoon draw, scoring five points in the seventh end on the way to a 9-5 win.

Sitting close behind the two leaders are B.C., Alberta and Manitoba, all with 4-3 records. B.C. defeated Nova Scotia 11-6 in the morning draw, but came up short against Quebec in the afternoon.

Similarly, Alberta’s Jack Smart started the day with a 9-6 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador in the first game of the day, but lost to Northern Ontario’s Gino Sonego 6-4 in Draw 7.

Thursday was a big day for Thiessen and his Winnipeg team of Mark Wherrett, Melissa Lecuyer, Jamie Anseeuw and coach Tom Wherrett, who climbed closer to the leaders with two decisive wins. After downing Ontario 12-3 in the morning, Thiessen stole five points on the way to a 12-4 win over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Joanne MacDonald.

New Brunswick's Michael Fitzgerald holds the broom in the team's first win at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Championship (Photo Morgan Daw)

New Brunswick’s Michael Fitzgerald holds the broom in the team’s first win at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Championship (Photo Morgan Daw)

On Thursday morning, New Brunswick’s Michael Fitzgerald and his team from the Thistle Saint Andrews Curling Club in Saint John stole two points in an extra end to defeat Northern Ontario’s Gino Sonego, 8-6, and earn their first win of the competition. In a close afternoon game with Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender, Fitzgerald scored one in the eighth to force an extra end, but Bender finished with a clutch draw for the 8-7 win.

With seven sessions completed in the round robin, Quebec and Ontario now sit at the top of the standings with 6-1 records, followed by Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C. at 4-3. Alberta and Northern Ontario are close at 3-4, and Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador (2-5) and New Brunswick (1-6) round out the field.

The final two draws of the round robin take place on Friday, with tie-breakers Friday evening and Saturday morning, if required.

Live streaming of the event is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wcblog2

Draw results and other event information is available at www.curling.ca and www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

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Leaders start to emerge in Wheelchair Championship http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/30/leaders-start-to-emerge-in-wheelchair-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/30/leaders-start-to-emerge-in-wheelchair-championship/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:13:02 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=183 The standings are beginning to take shape at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que., as undefeated Ontario continues to lead the pack after three days of competition, with Quebec and Saskatchewan close behind.

Ontario’s Mike Munro (5-0) continued his winning streak on Wednesday, defeating Alberta’s Jack Smart 10-3 to cap off a perfect day that began with an 8-4 win over Northern Ontario’s Gino Sonego (2-3) in the morning draw.

Close behind is Quebec’s Benoit Lessard (4-1), the defending champion from the home province, who won two games on Day 3 of the round robin to stay among the leaders.

Lessard had a battle against Sonego in Draw 5, with both teams stealing points in the early ends. Trailing by one in the eighth, Lessard made a perfect hit-and-stick to force the extra end, where he stole two more for the 7-5 win.

Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender (3-2) scored a couple of three-enders to win 8-3 over Nova Scotia’s George Horning (2-3) and stay close to the leaders.

Manitoba's Dennis Thiessen and Alberta's Jack Smart compare notes during action at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que. (Photo Morgan Daw)

Manitoba’s Dennis Thiessen and Alberta’s Jack Smart compare notes during action at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que. (Photo Morgan Daw)

In other games on Wednesday afternoon at the Club de Curling Boucherville, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Joanne MacDonald (2-3) stole her way to an 8-4 win over Darryl Neighbour of B.C., and Manitoba’s Dennis Thiessen (2-3) trailed 6-2 after two ends, but battled back to steal two points in the final end for a 10-7 victory over New Brunswick’s Michael Fitzgerald (0-5).

Earlier in the day, MacDonald got her first win of the round robin, scoring five points in the seventh end to defeat Nova Scotia 10-3. Quebec stole one in the eighth end to squeak out an 8-7 win over New Brunswick, while Manitoba lost 6-3 to Saskatchewan, and Alberta defeated B.C. by a score of 10-6.

The round robin continues on Thursday with games at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (ET) at the Club de Curling Boucherville.

Live streaming of the event is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wcblog2

Draw results and other event information is available at www.curling.ca and www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

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Ontario and BC lead the way at wheelchair championship http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/29/ontario-and-bc-lead-the-way-at-wheelchair-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/29/ontario-and-bc-lead-the-way-at-wheelchair-championship/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:05:14 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=166 With three draws complete in the round robin at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, British Columbia and Ontario remain undefeated at the top of the standings, while defending champion Quebec suffered its first loss to slip to second place in the standings.

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Ontario skip Mike Munro gets ready to call the shots during Draw 3 action of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship at the Club de curling Boucherville (Photo Morgan Daw)

In the morning draw at the Club de curling Boucherville, Quebec’s Benoit Lessard and his team from the Magog Curling Club powered over Joanne MacDonald from St. John’s, N.L., 11-3, scoring four in the first end and stealing another three to take an insurmountable lead.

Dennis Thiessen and his Winnipeg team followed the same route, racking up nine points in the first four ends before Alberta’s Jack Smart was able to get on the board in a 9-2 Manitoba win.

In other games on Monday morning, Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender lost a close 7-6 contest to Ontario’s Mike Munro; British Columbia’s Darryl Neighbour defeated New Brunswick’s Michael Fitzgerald 9-5, and Nova Scotia’s George Horning stole a point in the final end to defeat Northern Ontario’s Gino Sonego 8-7.

On Monday afternoon, British Columbia scored five points in the third end to take control over Saskatchewan, going on to win 8-3.

Quebec dropped its first game, struggling against a determined Alberta team that stole four consecutive ends to earn a 7-1 win.

And in other Draw 3 action, Nova Scotia squeaked past New Brunswick, 9-8; Ontario overpowered Newfoundland and Labrador, 9-3; and Manitoba dropped a 5-4 decision to Northern Ontario.

The round robin continues on Wednesday with games at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Club de Curling Boucherville.

Live streaming of the event is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wcblog2

Draw results and other event information is available at www.curling.ca and www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

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Quebec steals a win to open Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/28/quebec-steals-a-win-to-open-canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/28/quebec-steals-a-win-to-open-canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:45:50 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=154 The first day of competition at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship is complete in Boucherville, Que., with last year’s champion – Benoit Lessard of Quebec – coming from behind to steal a 6-5 win over Nova Scotia’s George Horning.

Lessard of Magog, Que., along with teammates Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay, got off to slow start against Horning and his team from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Sackville, N.S., (vice Laughie Rutt, second Steve Parfitt, lead Paige Fougere, alternate Steve Auld and coach Stew Slauenwhite).

Horning stole two points early and led 5-3 after seven ends, but the game turned around in the eighth. With three Quebec counters in the rings, Horning missed his final draw, allowing Lessard to steal three for the 6-5 win.

Quebec's Carl Marquis in action at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec (Photo Morgan Daw)

Quebec’s Carl Marquis in action at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec (Photo Morgan Daw)

In other Draw 1 action, Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender stole two ends to defeat Alberta’s Jack Smart, 7-3; Ontario’s Mike Munro stole five points in the last two ends for a 9-5 win over New Brunswick’s Michael Fitzgerald; Northern Ontario’s Gino Sonego defeated Newfoundland and Labrador’s Joanne MacDonald, 9-5; and Manitoba’s Dennis Thiessen, gold medallist at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, scored three points in the sixth end, but it wasn’t enough to catch British Columbia’s Darryl Neighbour, who scored two in the eighth for the 9-6 win.

Action at the Club de curling Boucherville continues on Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. ET.

Live streaming of the event is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wcblog2

Draw results and other event information is available at www.curling.ca and www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

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Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship starts Monday in Boucherville, Que. http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/25/canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship-starts-monday-in-boucherville-que/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/25/canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship-starts-monday-in-boucherville-que/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:00:17 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=137 The 11th Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship begins Monday at the Club de curling de Boucherville.

Quebec’s Sebastien Boivert, and Johanne Daly provide backing for skip Benoît Lessard as he prepares to throw his rock in the final of the 2013 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Ottawa (Photo Morgan Daw)

Quebec’s Sebastien Boivert, and Johanne Daly provide backing for skip Benoît Lessard as he prepares to throw his rock in the final of the 2013 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Ottawa (Photo Morgan Daw)

Ten teams will compete in a round robin from April 28-May 2, leading to the Page playoffs (1 vs 2, winner to final, loser to semifinal; 3 vs 4, winner to semifinal, loser eliminated) on Saturday, May 3, with the semifinal (10 a.m. EDT) and final (2:30 p.m. EDT) scheduled for Sunday, May 4.

The roster includes a number of Canadian and world champions. The 2013 national champion, Quebec, skipped by Benoît Lessard of Magog, has returned to defend its title, along with teammates Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay. Last year, Lessard defeated British Columbia’s Gary Cormack, 10-2 in the final held at the RA Centre in Ottawa.

British Columbia will be directed by Richmond’s two-time Canadian and World Wheelchair champion and 2010 Paralympic gold medallist Darryl Neighbour, while his third, Frank LaBounty, is a three-time national champion. Second Vince Miele and alternate Gary Cormack are two-time Canadian champions.

Saskatchewan’s Darwin Bender of Regina and his Callie Curling Club team of Gil Dash, Marie Wright and Larry Schrader won the 2012 Canadian title in Thunder Bay, Ont. The team coach is Lorraine Arguin, who recently skipped Saskatchewan to a runner-up finish at the Canadian Seniors in Yellowknife, N.W.T., losing the final to Manitoba’s Lois Fowler.

Manitoba skip Dennis Thiessen of Winnipeg and second Melissa Lecuyer teamed to win the 2011 Canadian title in Edmonton. Thiessen also played for Canada (skip Jim Armstrong) when winning gold medals at the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship and 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Team Alberta, representing the Calgary Curling Club, has returned intact as well, except that Jack Smart and Bruno Yizek have switched positions, with Smart now skipping and Yizek at third. Yizek was the alternate for Canada (skip Jim Armstrong) when winning gold medals at both the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver and the 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Prague.

Completing the field are New Brunswick (skip Michael Fitzgerald of Saint John), Newfoundland/Labrador (Joanne MacDonald of St. John’s), Northern Ontario (Gino Sonego of Thunder Bay), Nova Scotia (George Horning of Lower Sackville) and Ontario (Mike Munro of Ilderton).

Horning played lead for Manitoba’s Chris Sobkowicz when winning the 2011 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship.

Ontario third Mark Ideson won gold as the alternate for Canada (skip Jim Armstrong) at both the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship and 2014 Paralympic Games.

New Brunswick coach Jane Arseneau was the 2011 Canadian and 2012 World Seniors champion while playing lead for Heidi Hanlon.

Since the inaugural Canadian championship in 2004, British Columbia has four titles – in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack). Team Canada (skip Chris Dawe) has three victories (2004-2006) while Manitoba (2011) , Saskatchewan (2012) and Quebec (2013) have each won once.

For media accreditation and inquiries during the event, contact Danny Lamoureux (danny@curling.ca or 613-878-3682). Draw results and other event information will be available at www.curling.ca and http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en.

Team practices will take place on Sunday, April 27, from 2-5 p.m. and Monday, April 28, from 9 a.m.-noon. The Opening Ceremony will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, followed by the first draw at 6 p.m. From Tuesday through Friday, there are two draws daily, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. All games, including playoffs, are eight ends, unless an extra end is required.

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Northern Ontario http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/01/northern-ontario/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/04/01/northern-ontario/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:34:41 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=113 Gino Sonego - skip Doug Gelmich - coach Doug Dean - Vice Richard Dawid - Second Mike Bergquist - 2nd Coach Lola Graham - Lead Chris Provenzano - fifth

Team Northern Ontario
Skip: Gino Sonego, Third: Doug Dean,
Second: Richard Dawid, Lead: Lola Graham, Alternate: Chris Provenzano

Fort William CC, Thunder Bay
Skip: Gino Sonego
Third: Doug Dean
Second: Richard Dawid
Lead: Lola Graham
Alternate: Chris Provenzano
Coach: Doug Gelmich

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Ontario http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/ontario/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/ontario/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:24:24 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=61 Ilderton CC Skip: Mike Munro Vice: Katie Paialunga Second: Mark Ideson Lead: Christine Lavallee Alternate: Tony Reynen Coach: Chris Bowden

Team Ontario
Skip: Mike Munro, Vice: Mark Ideson, Second: Katie Paialunga,
Lead: Christine Lavallee, Alternate: Tony Reynen, Coach: Chris Bowden

Ilderton CC
Skip: Mike Munro
Vice: Mark Ideson
Second: Katie Paialunga
Lead: Christine Lavallee
Alternate: Tony Reynen
Coach: Chris Bowden

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Alberta http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/alberta/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/alberta/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:23:07 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=63 Calgary CC Skip: Jack Smart Vice: Bruno Yizek Second: Martin Purvis Lead: Anne Hibberd Alternate: Wendy Frazier Coach: Andy Jones

Team Alberta
Skip: Jack Smart, Vice: Bruno Yizek
Second: Martin Purvis, Lead: Anne Hibberd, Coach: Andy Jones

Calgary CC
Skip: Jack Smart
Vice: Bruno Yizek
Second: Martin Purvis
Lead: Anne Hibberd
Alternate: Wendy Frazier
Coach: Andy Jones

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Newfoundland & Labrador http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/newfoundland-labrador/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/newfoundland-labrador/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:22:21 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=65 Re/Max Curling Centre, St. John's Skip: Joanne MacDonald Vice: Darlene Jackman Second: Felix Green Lead: Cecilia Carroll Coach: Leslie Anne Walsh

Team Newfoundland & Labrador
Lead: Cecilia Carroll, Second: Felix Green,
Vice: Darlene Jackman, Skip: Joanne MacDonald,
Coach: Leslie Anne Walsh

Re/Max Curling Centre, St. John’s
Skip: Joanne MacDonald
Vice: Darlene Jackman
Second: Felix Green
Lead: Cecilia Carroll
Coach: Leslie Anne Walsh

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Manitoba http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/manitoba/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/manitoba/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:21:31 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=67 manitoba1

Team Manitoba
Second: Melissa Lecuyer, Lead: Jamie Anseeuw
Vice: Mark Wherrett, Skip: Dennis Thiessen

Assiniboine CC, Winnipeg
Skip: Dennis Thiessen 
Vice: Mark Wherrett
Second: Melissa Lecuyer
Lead: Jamie Anseeuw
Coach: Tom Wherrett

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Québec http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/quebec/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/quebec/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:20:52 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=69 Club de curling de Magog Skip: Benoit Lessard     Vice: Carl Marquis Second: Sébastien Boisvert Lead: Johanne Daly    Coach: Germain Tremblay

Team Québec
Lead: Johanne Daly, Second: Sébastien Boisvert
Vice: Carl Marquis, Skip: Benoit Lessard
Coach: Germain Tremblay

Club de curling de Magog
Skip: Benoit Lessard    
Vice: Carl Marquis
Second: Sébastien Boisvert
Lead: Johanne Daly   
Coach: Germain Tremblay

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Nova Scotia http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/nova-scotia/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/nova-scotia/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:20:05 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=71 nova-scotia1

Team Nova Scotia
Skip: George Horning, Vice: Laughie Rutt
Second: Steve Parfitt, Lead: Paige Fougere
Alternate: Steve Auld, Coach: Stew Slauenwhite

Lakeshore CC, Sackville
Skip: George Horning
Vice: Laughie Rutt
Second: Steve Parfitt
Lead: Paige Fougere
Alternate: Steve Auld
Coach: Stew Slauenwhite

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Saskatchewan http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/saskatchewan/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/saskatchewan/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:18:53 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=73 saskatchewan1

Team Saskatchewan
Skip: Darwin Bender, Vice: Gil Dash
Second: Marie Wright, Lead: Larry Schrader
Coaches: Bob Capp & Lorraine Arguin

Callie CC, Regina
Skip: Darwin Bender
Vice: Gil Dash
Second: Marie Wright
Lead: Larry Schrader
Coach: Lorraine Arguin

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New Brunswick http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/new-brunswick/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/new-brunswick/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:16:59 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=57 newbrunswick1

Team New Brunswick
Skip: Michael Fitzgerald, Vice: Jonathan Alexander
Second: Jon Polley, Lead: Kayla Todd
Coach: Jane Arseneau

Thistle St. Andrews, Saint John
Skip: Michael Fitzgerald  
Vice: Jonathan Alexander
Second: Jon Polley
Lead: Kayla Todd 
Coach: Jane Arseneau

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British Columbia http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/british-columbia/ http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/2014/03/25/british-columbia/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:55:51 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014wheelchair-en/?p=59 british-columbia1

British Columbia
Skip: Darryl Neighbour, Vice: Frank LaBounty
Second: Vince Miele, Lead: Allison Duddy
Coach: Karen Watson

Richmond CC, Vancouver
Skip: Darryl Neighbour
Third: Frank LaBounty
Second: Vince Miele
Lead: Allison Duddy   
Alternate: Gary Cormack
Coach: Karen Watson

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