February 2015: What to watch in para-sport

Winter sports dominate a busy month of sport in February, but the para-athletics season will also get underway in Dubai, UAE. 02 Feb 2015
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Two men in wheelchair on ice, looking at some curling stones.

The world’s 10 best wheelchair curling teams will gather in Lohja, Finland, between 7-14 February 2015 for the World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

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Find out more about the main sporting events that will take place during February 2015.

World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2015

Paralympic and world champions Canada will start as strong favourites to retain their title as the world’s 10 best wheelchair curling teams gather in Lohja, Finland, between 7-14 February.

The 10 teams taking part are Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, and the USA.

IPC Para-Snowboard World Championships

The 2015 IPC Para-Snowboard World Championships between 23-28 February will be the first time a para-snowboard World Championships has been held under the governance of IPC Alpine Skiing.

Around 80 athletes from 20 countries are expected to travel to La Molina, Spain, for the biggest gathering of riders since para-snowboard made its debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

The competition will feature athletes in two impairment groups who will compete separately in both disciplines - lower-limb and upper-limb.

IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships

France’s Marie Bochet will be aiming to retain the five world titles she won in 2013 as the world’s best para-alpine skiers gather in Panorama, Canada, for the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Champs.

Between 28 February and 10 March 130 skiers from 30 countries will compete in giant slalom, slalom, super-G, super combined and downhill. France topped the medals table at the last World Championships which were held in La Molina, Spain, in 2013.

IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals

With just weeks to go until the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships take place in Panorama, Canada, para-alpine skiers will take to the slopes of St. Moritz, Switzerland, for the 2014-15 World Cup Finals from Monday (2 February).

The competition, which will feature slalom and giant slalom races, is one of only three high-level meetings that remain before Panorama 2015 starts on 28 February. The two others are the Europa Cup Finals in Sella Nevea, Italy (16-18 February), and a NorAm Cup in Kimberley, Canada (23-26 February).

Around 70 athletes from 16 countries are expected to compete.

IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup

Following January’s World Championships in Cable, USA, some of the world’s best Nordic skiers will compete in biathlon and cross-country skiing events in Asahikawa, Japan. The competition will be held between 14-18 February.

IBSA Judo World Cup and Junior Tournament

Some of the world’s best judoka will be action between 20-22 February in Eger, Hungary, the same city that staged last year’s European Championships.

IPC Athletics Grand Prix

The first IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the 2015 season takes place in Dubai, UAE, between 22-25 February. More than 500 athletes will take part in an event which last year saw Tunisia’s Walid Ktila break a number of world records in the T34 class.

Star names set to compete include Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, the Netherlands’ Marlou van Rhijn, Germany’s Markus Rehm and Great Britain’s Hannah Cockroft.