Wheelchair curling began in Europe in the late 1990s and in North America in 2002. Wheelchair curling is played with the same stones and on the same ice as regular curling, though the stones are thrown from a stationary wheelchair and there is no sweeping. 

Wheelchair curling is an accessible sport played on ice by wheelchair users who are unable to play the conventional game. A ‘buddy’ holds their chair steady, while players attach an extended cue to the curling stone. At the other end of the rink the skip (team captain) directs the curler and indicates where they would like the stone to end up. With a smooth push, and a delicate twist of the wrist to help the stone curl in the direction indicated, the wheelchair curler projects it forward. All that is needed is the co-ordination to exert a measured pushing force and a tolerance for cold. 

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