Wine Country Curling Club will honor and highlight the 2010 United States Paralymics’s Wheelchair Curling Team at its annual “Crush Bonspiel.”
The Bonspiel will be held at Vacaville skating center Labor Day (Sept. 4-6) and the public is invited to come and watch the sport. There is no admission charge.
One of the member’s of the U.S. team is a local curler, Pat McDonald, a member of Wine Country Curling. McDonald, along with Augusto “Goose” Perez of the Utica, N.Y. Curling Club and Coach Steve Brown of the Madison, Wisc., Curling Club will present an outreach and wheelchair curling demonstration at 3 p.m. Sept. 5. Wheelchair participants will be instructed on the basics of wheelchair curling and all are welcome to the event.
Curling involves teams of four trying to knock an opponent’s 42 pound stone out of a circle and having their stones closest to the center to earn points. The sport was invented in Scotland and is very popular there and drawing more interest in the United States with extensive Olympic and World Championship TV coverage.
Curling teams will be coming from all points of the United States and Canada, as well as the defending championship team, former Olympian, Edith Loudon, who represented Scotland at the Nagano Winter Olympics and member of Wine Country.
Other event attractions will including “piping on to the ice” at the Opening Ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 by the Scarlet Brigade Pipe Band from Fairfield High School.
Curling has had a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1958. The San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and will have a number of top notch teams
entered. The WineCountry Curling Club was started three years ago after the Torino Winter Olympics. Both are members of the Unites States Curling Association and Mountain Pacific Curling Association.