Welcome to the new website of South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club: The ‘ice-charioteers’
This site has been designed to help our fast-growing club communicate with the wider world. You will find us hugely passionate about the game, so we encourage you to come along and try it out. Come and meet our community of players; people of all ages, from all kinds of backgrounds, and with all kinds of abilities. There’s a welcoming culture for you, and a club spirit like no other.
What is Wheelchair Curling?
Wheelchair curling is an accessible sport played on ice by wheelchair users who are unable to play the conventional game. A ‘buddy’ holds their chair steady, while players attach an extended cue to the curling stone. These heavy round granite stones are smooth and flat-bottomed, weighing about 44lb. At the other end of the rink the skip (team captain) directs the curler and indicates where they would like the stone to end up.
With a smooth push, and a delicate twist of the wrist to help the stone curl in the direction indicated, the wheelchair curler projects it forward.
Red, white and blue circles
The aim is to place the stone in the ‘house’, that’s a series of concentric circles painted in the ice, some 25 metres away beside the skip. Other objectives the skip may want are: to ‘take out’ (hitting an opponent’s stone and knocking it away), or placing a ‘guard’ to protect one of your own team’s stones already in the house.
The game is usually played by two teams of four, each sending two stones to the house.
Alternately you can sometimes enjoy a game of ‘pairs’ with 2 curlers per team. ‘Singles’ are less regularly featured. Any wheelchair user with a reasonable upper-body strength can play. It’s not nearly as difficult as it may sound…. and it’s a game all ages can enjoy.
Introduction to The Club
Wheelchair curling is a great way to meet new people, and a great way to keep healthy while having fun. Come along to one of our events, where you will discover why this is the world’s largest such club for wheelchair users.
- They make new friends and savour ‘the craic’
- They discover abilities they hardly knew before
- They have a fun, social and sporting experience
- They they get enjoyable exercise normally denied them
- They take part in competitions and inter-club games
These are some of the reasons why our many members, aged from 20 to 70, take part in SLWCC. If you’re interested in playing, assisting, or watching, please contact us. For more information, please use the links above to find what you are looking for.