Students who get to try Rocks & Rings in their school this year have a new activity on the program roster.
Since the start of this school year, all Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings presented by Curling Canada programs have included lessons and activities about wheelchair curling – something they’re seeing often in the media while the Paralympic Winter Games are in progress.
Wheelchair curling differs from traditional curling in that the athletes deliver the stones from a seated position using a stick-like delivery mechanism, often called a pusher stick. These pusher sticks are now included in all Rocks & Rings instructional and rental programs along with program guides to allow students to take a seat and experience wheelchair curling as part of the schedule. Feedback has been extremely positive, with several teachers pointing out that the wheelchair curling addition has allowed them to include students of all abilities while fostering awareness about parasports, diversity, and inclusion.
A number of students were also fortunate enough to meet a real Paralympian during a virtual Rocks & Rings session back in January. The virtual session, serving as a test for a future virtual program offering, engaged students in fun curling-themed games and activities which were capped off by an inspirational visit from Paralympic Wheelchair Curler, Jon Thurston. Students enjoyed learning about curling and wheelchair curling and hearing about Jon’s path to becoming a Paralympian.
These students and all those who experienced Rocks & Rings this year surely have a new appreciation for wheelchair curling and all parasports. Let’s join them in cheering for Team Canada as they strive for gold at the Paralympics in Beijing!
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