Paralympic hopefuls Team Canada won the Gold Medal yesterday, beating Silver Medal Team Great Britain, at the 9th annual Cathy Kerr International Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel. The Bronze Medal was presented to Team Slovakia after winning a narrow victory against Team Quebec.
Skip Joanne MacDonald, from Team NL, won the first Bruce Cameron Memorial award after votes for best skip were tallied. The award was created in the memory of Bruce Cameron, who helped create the Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel and was tireless in his efforts to promote wheelchair curling.
Over one hundred athletes from around the world, plus their coaches, families, and support staff, were in Ottawa from Thursday to Sunday for the only wheelchair curling bonspiel that offers cash prizes.
Team Canada is the reigning Gold Medal Champion from the 2013 World Wheelchair Championships, and is working toward the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
Wheelchair curling started in Canada in 2001, and is played by athletes with a physical disability that does not allow them to play regular curling. The rules are the same, the same rocks and ice are used; however, the rocks are delivered from a stationary wheelchair and there is no sweeping.