Kirk Black competes in wheelchair curling as his teammates look on.
Kirk Black competing in wheelchair curling during the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Wheelchair curling made its debut at the Paralympic Winter Games 2006 in Torino as a medal event after its success at the world championships in January 2002 in Scotland.

Competition takes place between two competitors from each of two teams. Stones are "thrown" by hand, or by the use of a "stick" towards a target at the opposite end of the ice. The object of the game is similar to that of boccia in that the goal is to get a team's stones as close to the center of the target (the "house") as possible. Six ends are played with a possible extra end if the teams are tied after six. There is no sweeping, however, and only competitors in wheelchairs are allowed to compete. Rules for the 2002 world championships required that each team include one female and one tetraplegic (quadriplegic) player on each team.

Paralympic wheelchair curling competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users, cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke and Les autres. 

The U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team and the day-to-day operations of the high performance program are overseen by USA Curling, the National Governing Body for Paralympic wheelchair curling in the United States.

For more information on wheelchair curling, visit USA Curling's website or email USA CurlingTo find a local program in your community, visit the Paralympic Resource Network.