Great article on our Oakville Curling Club member and para-athlete Billy Bridges. Billy plays in our Monday Night Open league as well as our Sunday Doubles League.
Former Para hockey player competing in shot put, javelin at Para Panam Games
Devin Heroux · CBC Sports · Posted: Nov 22, 2023 9:25 AM EST | Last Updated: November 22
After nearly three decades of competing at the highest level of sport, Billy Bridges is feeling like a rookie all over again.
And he says it's never felt so good.
Bridges, 39, is one of the country's most decorated Paralympians, having competed at six Games in Para ice hockey for Canada beginning in 2000 when he was just 16.
He's won countless world championships, four Paralympic medals including gold in 2006, and is widely regarded as one of the most successful Para hockey players to have ever played the sport.
Curling is a unique sport that requires both skill and strategy. It is often referred to as chess on ice. It is a lifelong sport that can be learned at any age. Whether playing in a fun league or in a competitive ladder the emphasis is always on sportsmanship and fair play. Being a social sport by nature, it is not uncommon for teams to socialize off the ice where lasting friendships are often made.