Mckees Rocks, PA, United States
Wheelchair curling is played with the same rocks and on the same ice as abled bodied curling. Wheelchair curling is a unique sport that can be played by a wide range of ability levels and ages. Unlike many traditional adapted sports that require a substantial amount of physical ability, strength and endurance, wheelchair curling is a stationary sport that requires less physical exertion. All that is needed is the coordination to exert a measured pushing force, and a tolerance for cold.
The rocks are thrown from a stationary wheelchair and there is no sweeping. Rocks may be thrown by hand while leaning over the side of the wheelchair, or pushed by a delivery stick (this is a pole with a bracket that fits over the rock handle, allowing the rock to be pushed while applying correct rotation). Wheelchair curling can be played by people with a wide range of disabilities. Wheelchair curlers can play alongside able bodies curlers
Wheelchair curlers can play in dedicated Wheelchair leagues, in open leagues/pick-up alongside able-bodied curlers, or in a variant of ‘Doubles Curling’ with one able-bodied and one wheelchair curler compete.