Paralympians Deliver Expert Wheelchair Curling Intro
On Friday 30th September The Royal Caledonian Curling Club was welcomed by Stranraer Ice Rink and the North West Castle to deliver the Introduction to Coaching Wheelchair Curling course to a number of their current and new wheelchair coaches. The course was also well attended by a number of coaches from Ayr Ice Rink and expertly delivered by Michael McCredie (2006 Torino, Winter Paralympic Silver Medallist) and Aileen Neilson (2014 Sochi, Winter Paralympic Bronze Medallist).
All coaches had the opportunity to use a variety of equipment before playing short games using wheelchairs. Everyone enjoyed the session and the overall feedback was fantastic with comments including:
“I had never been asked to coach a sport to wheelchair athletes and at first this seemed to be quite a daunting task, but after attending this course I feel enthusiastic, better informed about the problems faced by wheelchair curlers and about some of the ways in which coaching can be made a fun and enjoyable experience to all who attend sessions”.
“Following this course, when coaching wheelchair curlers I will always aim to focus on the Ability rather than Disability”.
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