Vancouver 2010 Bid Influences New Sport Initiative for BC Wheelchair Sports Association

October 1, 2002 - Vancouver's bid for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games is the impetus for BC Wheelchair Sports Association (BCWSA) presenting curling as a new sports initiative. On Sunday, October 6, 2002, BCWSA in partnership with Curl BC and the BC Paraplegic Association (BCPA) Peer Support Program will host "Have-A-Go" at curling.

The "Have-A-Go" Days are held regularly by BCWSA and allows participants with disabilities to try a variety of sports in a participatory and non-threatening atmosphere. The response to curling as a sport has been overwhelming.

"Curling is a proposed core sport for the 2010 Paralympic Games," says Kathy Newman, Executive Director of BCSWA. "We're pleasantly surprised to see this kind of level of interest for a new sporting activity. The Vancouver 2010 Bid Society created this interest. Athletes today are thinking about 2010 and what they have to do to prepare to compete at those Games."

"Kelowna was the first city where we were able to introduce curling to people with disabilities," says Richard Brower of Curl BC. "We were able to develop a wheelchair curling program and instruction guide through a grant from LegaciesNow."

2010 LegaciesNow, the sports development arm of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, is committed to province-wide sport development that leaves a lasting legacy for all of British Columbia. Under the leadership of former Canadian Olympic swimmer Marion Lay, 2010 LegaciesNow is funding and promoting sport development programs that take athletes from the playground to the podium.

All necessary equipment will be provided for the new curlers. Curl BC will supply two coaches in Monique Moonie and Lynne Jambor.

The "Have-a-Go" Day will run from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Marpole Curling Club (8703 Heather St.)

BCWSA is a non-profit organization committed to leadership in the promotion and development of wheelchair sport opportunities for British Columbians with physical disabilities.

For more information on the "Have-A-Go" Days, contact

Sian Blyth
Phone: 604.724.4859
Email: bridgingthegap@telus.net.

For more information on the BCPA Peer Support Program, contact

Jim Shannon
Phone: 604.326.1205
jshannon@canparaplegic.org.

WHAT: "Have-A-Go" Day - Curling
WHEN: Sunday, October 6, 2002
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Marpole Curling Club 8703 Heather St.