Wheelchair curling at the 2006 Winter Paralympics
was played at the Pinerolo Palaghiaccio
, in Pinerolo
, 30 km southwest of Turin. Wheelchair curling was making its first appearance at the Paralympic Games
and took the form of a mixed team event, open to athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body that required the everyday use of a wheelchair.
Teams from eight nations, each containing five athletes, entered with four teams advancing from a group stage to a knockout round. Canada won the sport's first Paralympic gold medal beating Great Britain in the final. Sweden won the bronze medal.
Wheelchair curling is played according to the rules of the World Curling Federation
, the only modification is that there is no sweeping and stones
may be played by hand while leaning over the side of the wheelchair, or pushed by a delivery stick. To be allowed to compete athletes must have a physical disability in the lower part of the body that required the everyday use of a wheelchair .Teams are mixed but must contain at least one member of each sex.Wheelchair curling was first introduced in Switzerland in 2000 and the first World Championships were held in the same country in 2002. It is governed by the World Curling Federation
(WCF); as of 2009, 24 of the WCF's member associations were involved in the sport.
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