Forbes skips wheelchair curlers


NEW GLASGOW — The foursome skipped by Devin Forbes has returned to help Bluenose Curling Club once again to host the 2018 provincial wheelchair curling championship this weekend.

The club is hosting what is called Harding Medical Wheelchair Curling Championship from Friday through Sunday.

Bluenose is hosting the three-team event for the third time. The winning team will advance to represent Nova Scotia at the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in LeDuc, Alta. in March.

Forbes’ team members are all back from last year: mate Bill MacKenzie, second Philip Sutherland and lead Kathy McIsaac .

Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia champion, Laughie Rutt, also from the Lakeshore Curling Club.

“I think we have a really good chance this year,” Forbes said. “Our confidence is better. They know what to expect.”

Forbes was mate on a team based at the Lakeshore club that won the provincial championship in 2013 during his first year as a curler.

Opening ceremonies for the event will take place at the Bluenose club at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with the first game starting at 7:30 p.m. and featuring Forbes and Rutt.

Draws on Saturday will be at 9 a.m. and 1 and 7 p.m., with more games at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. A third game, if necessary, will start at 5 p.m.

Wheelchair curlers are able to push the curling stones from their wheelchairs by using a special stick with an angled, hollow end to control the curling handle.

The lever has been a benefit for wheelchair curlers, as well as for able-bodied curlers who have leg or back issues that prevent them from bending down to deliver the stones.

From left: skip Devin Forbes watches as lead Kathy McIsaac is pushed during her delivery by mate Mike MacKenzie at a wheelchair curling practice at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow. (Goodwin photo)

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