An adaptive curling rink now sits in the first gallery of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
The rink features curling rocks along with sticks to assist those to curl from a wheelchair or to be able to curl while standing compared to bending over.
Executive director Sheila Kelly said she hopes it will attract more people to the hall.
“We really want something that will appeal to all ages and all abilities and curling is such a Saskatchewan thing, that this is just perfect,” Kelly said.
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Canadian wheelchair curling champion, Darwin Bender hopes the new rink will hopefully spark people’s interest in curling.
“When it comes to wheelchair curling, it’s been around now in Saskatchewan since 2009,” Bender said. “So having something like this to showcase the wheelchair side of it too, as well, is great!”
Curling is just one of more than 50 sports represented at the Hall of Fame.
Bender added that being competitive runs in his family and that he loves that the museum has more of a hands on approach.
“You know you’re not just looking at something, you’re trying something,” Bender said. “That’s really good, I like the active part … people also get to learn the rules and how they differ regionally, provincially and nationally so I think it’s a great addition to the hall.”
This is the second interactive display at the museum. It’s hoped that more interactive displays will be installed in the future.