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Wheelchair curling: Real curling, really competitive

Wheelchair curling is a fast developing Paralympic sport in need of dedicated coaches at every level. Where are they?

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There’s a New Lord of the Rings – Saskatchewan!

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek)…..Can anyone derail Team Alberta? With an overall record of 10-1, Bruno Yizek’s rink has been the class of the field in this week’s Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships. Three time finalists, but never champions, and with plenty of experience right through their lineup, Alberta will bring a wealth of poise and determination to this game.

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Alberta’s Bruno Yizek Advances to Championship Final!

By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek…A Battle of the Titans! The afternoon 1 vs 2 Page Playoff featured Bruno Yizek’s Alberta foursome and Darwin Bender’s Team Saskatchewan.  Alberta (8-1 round robin record) has been the class of the field all week.  Saskatchewan (7-2) was almost as good.  Both teams boast talent and experience and this matchup lived up to its billing.

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It’s Crunch Time for Quebec and Ontario

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek)…..Competition is really heating up at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships as page playoff action begins.  The 3-4 game pitted Mark Ideson’s Team Ontario against Benoit Lessard’s Team Quebec, with the winner moving on to Sunday’s semi-final. 

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Playoff Scenarios Are Set at the Canadian Wheelchair Including a Tie-Breaker!

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek)…… The round robin portion of the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Thunder Bay, ON at the Fort William Curling Club has concluded with five teams earning the right to move on to the playoffs.

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Alberta, Saskatchewan & Quebec in Playoffs – It’s an Uphill Climb for others

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek)….Gerry Austgarden’s British Columbia’s team, out of the Nanaimo Curling Club, needs a strong finish if it hopes to claim a spot in the playoffs. 

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Seeking Something Positive

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek)…..The featured game in Thursday’s seventh draw pitted a pair of struggling teams against each other.  The Northern Ontario host team (1-5), skipped by Richard Prud’homme and featuring a blend of curlers from Sudbury and Thunder Bay, was hoping to build on their fifth round win over Nova Scotia.

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Battle of Northern Ontario Heats Up

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek)…..The fourth draw of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship featured a classic matchup between natural rivals. 

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Manitoba Keeps on Rolling

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek)….Like Old Red River, Team Manitoba just keeps on rollin’ along. 

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Ontario Fast Out of the Gate!

(By Rob Neff and Sarah Mendek) Team Ontario definitely came ready to play in the opening draw of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Package of Determination

During the time my wife and I were the Little Rock co-ordinators at the Brant Curling Club, we witnessed many pleasures – one of which was meeting the Elgie Family and young Lesleigh Elgie.

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Around the House: Collingwood Curlers Meet the Challenge

They’ve been curling in Collingwood since 1881, thanks in great part to the enthusiasm and hard work of its volunteers since those early days.

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Featured Curling Athlete: Anne Hibberd

Transplanted Australian Anne Hibberd has found a home in Canada – on the curling ice in Calgary, Alberta.

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Featured Curling Athlete: Chris Rees

Chris Rees, of Toronto, Ontario, won a bronze medal at the 2003-2004 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Toronto – and he’s been building a solid list of on-ice achievements ever since.

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House Call: Curling for Everyone – Wheelchairs, Special Olympics, and Stick Curling

It has often been said that curling is a sport you can play for life. Never has this been more true.

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