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Introduction to Curling:

Curling is a very popular Canadian sport. Teams made up of four players alternately deliver two rocks each to the “house” at the other end of a sheet of ice (approximately 120ft.). When all rocks have been delivered, an “end” has been completed and the team whose rock is closest to the centre of the house scores. One point is awarded for each rock that is closer to the centre than any of the opposition rocks. One can normally play eight ends in a two-hour time period and the team with the highest score wins.

Curling for the Blind and Visually Impaired is essentially the same as the game played by sighted people. The difference is that each team has a sighted guide to assist the players in their delivery. The guide first describes the location of the rocks in the house and the type of shot that the skip has requested e.g. guard, draw or takeout. The guide then assists each player in delivering his/her rock along the line that is necessary to make the shot. Depending on the degree of visual impairment of the player, the guide may hold the broom at a short distance in front of the player, set a flashlight on the line of delivery or communicate with the player to ensure that he/she is lined up correctly in the hack.

Vancouver Blind and Visually Impaired Curling Club formally known as the Vancouver Blind Curling Club: has been in operation since 1974. The group meets every Wednesday at the Vancouver Curling Club from 12 noon– 2 p.m. We curl at the Vancouver Curling Club at the Hillcrest Center, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver.
The season runs from late September until late March each year. Each week an optional lunch (low cost) is provided at the curling rink which is followed by a two-hour curling game. The players are arranged into teams at the beginning of the season and each team includes a volunteer guide. New teams are arranged for the second half and prizes are awarded to the winning teams. In addition to the curling, players enjoy the social aspects of this organization.

Each year a select team may compete in Provincial, Western or Canadian Blind Curling competitions.

Blind or visually impaired people of all ages are encouraged to join.

For more information, contact Carol Kent (604-266-9656; carolkent@telus.net) or BC Blind Sports at 604-325-8638.

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Phone: 604 325-8638
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