Team Canada opened the round-robin competition at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship with a 7-2 loss to the home team’s Felix Wagner on Sunday afternoon in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Skip Jim Armstrong, third Ina Forrest, second Dennis Thiessen, lead Mark Ideson, alternate Sonja Gaudet and coach Wayne Kiel are hoping to better Canada’s sixth-place finish at the 2015 World championship.
In the opening game of the round robin, the Swiss team got off to a blazing start, scoring a deuce in the first end and going on to steal the next three ends. Canada got on the board in the fifth, but just couldn’t catch up.
In other games, Russia’s Andrey Smirnov defeated Germany’s Jens Jaeger 12-1, and Norway’s Rune Lorentsen defeated USA’s Patrick McDonald
Live scoring, team lineups and the schedule are all available on the event website, www.worldcurling.org/wwhcc2016
Not only are medals on the line in Lucerne, but so are qualifying points to secure a berth in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The host country is guaranteed one of the spots, so the other 11 countries will qualify based on results of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Wheelchair Worlds.