World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship set to hit off

Three teams to earn promotion to 2020 Worlds in Switzerland 26 Nov 2019
Two wheelchair curlers shake hands
USA's Steve Emt and Germany's Christiane Putzich at the World Wheelchair Curling 2019 Championship in Stirling, Scotland
ⒸRichard Gray | WCF
By World Curling and IPC

The World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship 2019 is set hit off on Wednesday (27 November) in Lohja, Finland, with spots at next year’s World Championship on the line.

Only the top three of the 15 teams will get to move up.

Canada, bronze medallist at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, lead Group A. They are skipped by Paralympic gold medallist Mark Ideson along with fellow gold medal teammates Ina Forrest, playing in third position, Dennis Thiessen as alternate, and Marie Wright playing second.

Host Finland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden and Turkey will challenge Canada in the group.

Mark Ideson

Germany and the USA finished bottom two at the 2019 Worlds earlier this year and would hope to make their way back into the top-12 next year. They are joined in Group B by Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia.

Round-robin play runs until Sunday (1 December).

The qualification games featuring the runner-up from each group facing the third-placed team from other group will be held Sunday. The winners of those games progress to the semi-final stage to face the group winners.

Finals are set for Monday (2 December). 

All three medal winning teams then receive a place in the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2020 in Wetzikon, Switzerland, from 29 February to 7 March.

More on the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championships 2019 is available on the World Curling’s website.