Right now we’re in PyeongChang and we’re so
excited to see the curling games. I love PyeongChang. Yay. Okay, here we are at the Curling Centre.
Let’s head inside and see what’s going on. Wheelchair curling is one
of the unique sports of the Winter Paralympic Games because it doesn’t require a lot of
specification from the classification system and that’s because in this sport everyone is seated
in a wheelchair and so the lower extremity strength or function is not really a factor.
However, the upper extremity strength is really important. So in situations where an athlete
may have a high spinal cord injury that affects the function of their hands, this sport can
be a little bit more challenging. Let me turn it over to one of the curling coaches to explain the
intricacies of the upper extremity strength and some of the tools that can make curling
more adaptive. So I am here and we’re discussing equipment and we’re just talking about the
different athletes that we have in the event. So we do have athletes that do have quads that do have different
limits to what they can do with their hands. We’re talking about that we do have what would
be like a pistol grip that you can use with some heads, this one. But the pistol grip
doesn’t work for this other head that actually does put the rotation of the rock on itself
so it makes it very very easy for wheelchair users to lift with the limited use of their hands.
They can put the spin on the rock automatically. So it makes the game simpler for people to
see and hear possibly when you’re talking with eight year olds and nine-year-olds or people that started the