Leading the way are key members of the team that won the USA's first wheelchair curling medal at last year's World Wheelchair Championship including Augusto Perez (East Syracuse, N.Y.), James Pierce (North Syracuse, N.Y.), James Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Jacqueline Kapinowski (Point Pleasant, N.J.). Patrick McDonald (Orangevale, Calif.) was named the team's alternate.
The selection occurs after three tryouts - one formal tryout that included a skills competition and two on-ice competitions in Ottawa and Utica, N.Y.
Perez, Pierce, Joseph and Kapinowski defeated a team from Ottawa to win the Second Annual U.S. Open International Bonspiel on Sunday in Utica. The team finished 4-1. McDonald was the skip for the other U.S. team that competed, finishing with a 2-3 record.
The team will represent the U.S. at the 2009 World Wheelchair Championship, Feb. 21-28, in Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, March 12-21, 2010, also in Vancouver.
Marc DePerno, USA Curling's national wheelchair curling outreach and development program director, will serve as team leader for the 2009 World Wheelchair Championship. Applications for the team leader position for the 2010 Parlaympics are being accepted by USA Curling until Dec. 15.
In accordance with World Curling Federation rules, must be composed of both genders. No sweeping of the stone is allowed. Games will be eight ends in length (an increase of two ends from season's past).
Here is a look at Team USA (position, name, age, hometown, curling resume):
For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, email@example.com, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).