The Shoppers Home Health Care NOCA Wheelchair Provincial Championships begin Friday February 25th 1030AM at the Fort William CC in Thunder Bay.
Defending champion Team Ficek, out of Kenora and Dryden, are hoping for a third consecutive appearance at the Nationals in Edmonton in March. He admitted his team underperformed last year, going 3-6 after making it to a playoff tie-break game the year before. This year, after a couple of warm-up wins over Manitoba, he says his team is raring to go.
To win he will have to get past home club Team Levesque, coached by Dave Kawahara who was instrumental in bringing wheelchair curling to Northern Ontario. Carl Levesque skipped the first provincial team, which included Wayne Ficek and Mark Wherrett, now his competitors. Fort William CC is also fielding a team skipped by Gino Sonego.
Sudbury joins the oarty this year, sending a team of rookie curlers but experienced athletes skipped by Steve Daniel.
Tournament format is a round robin with the top two teams playing in the final, 10.30AM Sunday February 27.
The club has installed webcams - try the club website. You can also follow scores on playdowns.com
An event poster, team rosters, schedule and information is available HERE