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PARALYMPIC CURLING Grant to fund wheelchair curling clinic, bonspiel team

Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. T rough this program, grants were provided to USOC partner organi-


zations and community programs to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically or visually impaired Veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels. T e grant dollars will be used to fund a three-day national wheelchair

curling camp to take place at the Denver Curling Club on April 19-21. Ten participants will be fully funded to participate, where they will receive in-

Four more athletes qualify for upcoming National Wheelchair Trials


ſt er the conclusion of the 2018 National Paralympic Curling Team Pre-Trials Sept. 24 in Blaine, Minn., four more athletes have been invited to compete for a spot on Team USA.

In addition to last year’s High Performance Program Team (Patrick Mc-

Donald, Steve Emt, James Joseph, Justin Marshall, Penny Greely, Meghan Lino, Matt T ums, Corey Fairbanks, Kirk Black, and Pamela Wilson), four athletes have been invited to attend the upcoming National Team Trials. Congratulations to George Eldridge (Shelton, Conn.), Robert Prenoveau (Chittenango, N.Y.), Doug Mielke (Mosinee, Wis.), and James Woodworth (Mashpee, Mass.). T e 14 selected athletes will now show off their skills at the 2016-17 National Team Trials, which will take place Nov. 3-6, in Wausau, Wis. T roughout the Pre-Trials, which took place at the Four Seasons Curl-

ing Club – USA Curling’s Olympic Training Site – the 15 participants were assessed on their curling abilities via skill-shot analysis and game play as well as other qualities including on- and off -ice behavior, team dynamics, and practice regimen. Athletes’ prior demonstrated game knowledge and performance also were recorded, assessed and rated. Prior to Jan. 9, the Player Selection Committee will nominate fi ve ath-

letes to the 2017 National Team to represent USA at the 2017 World Wheel- chair Curling Championship taking place March 4-11 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), announced that the United States Curling Association (USCA) has been selected to receive grant funding in support of

struction from the 2017 National wheelchair curling team and staff . At- tendees will also receive a curling delivery stick for continuation with the sport. Additionally, the USCA aims to conduct at least three one-day out- reach clinics throughout the country as well as fund a team to compete in the 2017 Cape Cod International Wheelchair Summerspiel being held in Falmouth, Mass., on July 20-23. “We are thankful for this continued opportunity to work with disabled-

Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces and expose them to the exciting Paralympic sport of curling,” said Marc DePerno, USCA Direc- tor of Wheelchair Curling Outreach and Development. “Previous support from the Veterans Aff airs has proven successful with education and sus- tained participation in the sport of wheelchair curling, and has resulted in the identifi cation of several current Team USA members.” Q

rocket exhaust A column by Richard Maskel Top 10 Creative New Olympic-Style Curling Events 10] T e Clean & Jerk – Aſt er diligently cleaning the sheets at the

fi ſt h end break, the ice technicians spend the rest of the game heck- ling all the players with rude, snide, and smart-alecky comments. 9] Uneven Parallel Bars – In between shots, sweepers indulge in

some well-earned alcoholic refreshments by sauntering over to a couple of diff erently-confi gured drinking stations situated side-by- side directly adjacent to the ice surface. 8] Greco-Roman Vice-Skipping – Multilingual third players are

required to accurately translate their skip’s commands from Greek into Italian before a countdown clock expires. 7] BMX LSD – Players throw their “Last Stone Draw,” then jump

on a motocross bike and pedal down the sheet in an attempt to beat their rock to the tee line fi nish. 6] 10-meter Platform Hurryhard – Rival skips yell out instruc-

tions from an elevated perch some 33 feet above the ice surface (as befi ts their loſt y and exalted status within the team). 5] Beach Hammerball – Bikini-clad participants take turns spik-

ing a 42-pound granite stone into a four foot circle in the sand on the other side of a net. 4] Rhythmic Sweeping – Two brushers each vigorously polish the

ice with one hand as they simultaneously use the other hand to rap- idly pass either a rope, ball, hoop, ribbon, or pair of clubs back and forth between them in a precisely choreographed routine. 3] Lightweight Heavy Weights – 90-pound weaklings compete to

see who can throw the hardest peel shots. 2] Synchronized Skipping – Front end players make fun of op-

posing skips by striving to mimic their signals in perfect unison. 1] Mixed Dressage – Mixed doubles players wearing those super-

tight equestrian pants try to maintain perfect delivery form while slapping a riding crop against their thigh as they release the stone.

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