Sports Summary

Wheelchair curling made its debut at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.

Wheelchair curling is open to athletes with a physical impairment in the lower part of the body.

Athletes compete in wheelchairs in mixed teams events according to the rules of the World Curling Federation (WCF), with only one modification – no sweeping. Teams take turns to deliver stones down the ice to get closer to the centre of the target or “house” than their opponent.

For more information on Wheelchair curling Eligibility and How to Get Involved please see the Wheelchair curling Information Sheet (PDF – 110KB) – updated August 2021.

Events & Disciplines

The competition is open to teams of 4 athletes (2 male and 2 female).

Classification

Wheelchair curling is open to athletes with a physical impairment. Athletes are required to submit medical reports and meet the minimum impairment criteria in order to compete. Eligibility is determined by trained Classifiers.

For more information on Eligible Impairments and Classification please see the Wheelchair curling Information Sheet (PDF – 110KB) – updated August 2021.

Rules & Equipment

Stone

No stone must be of greater weight than 19,96kg or of greater circumference than 91,44cm or of less height than 11,43cm. A handle is attached to every stone to lift, deliver and release it. Delivery of the stone can be used by the normal hand delivery or by using the extender cue. The introduction of the cue, the end of which is attached to the handle of the stone and then pushed, has allowed athletes with a more severe impairment to curl on the same level playing field.