The Comox Valley Curling Club and Comox Valley Special Olympics will be holding registration for the Special O Curling program on June 11 at 7 p.m. at the CRA Lewis Centre in Courtenay.
The Special O curling program has been offered in the Comox Valley for approximately 20 years, with 2003 BC Master Women’s curling champion Sandra Gallaway at the helm since 1996. The Special O program introduces persons with intellectual disabilities to competition sports, which enhance their opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share gifts, skills and friendship.
The Comox Valley Curling Centre provides the ice and the facilitators, and practices are held every Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. from October through April and is free of charge to Special O participants.
The curlers have the opportunity to play teams from other areas in tournaments called bonspiels and can progress to qualifying and provincial competitions.
This year from the approximately 25 Special O curlers that participate in the program, two Comox Valley Special Olympics curling teams have qualified to represent the Valley at the 2015 Special Olympics in Kamloops.
“Curling is a fun, team-oriented sport and a great experience for everyone, so get involved!” a spokesperson said. For more information on the Special Olympics curling program contact Randy James at 250-897-1828 or the Comox Valley Curling Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Comox Valley Special Olympics