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Finland holds curling introduction day

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Finns attending a wheelchair curling introduction day. Image credit: Wheelchair Curling Team Finland

Yesterday, Wheelchair Curling Team Finland held a curling introduction day at the Lappi Areenan in Rovaniemi.  The event was held for those interested in taking up the sport either recreationally or competitively.



The event was attended by three members of the Finnish national curling team, including  Markku Karjalainen, Sari Karjalainen and Vesa Leppänen. It was organized by Rovaniemen Liikuntapalvelut and Lappi Kurlinki.


Finland has a relatively long history of involvement in the sport at the elite level.  At the most recent Paralympic Games in Sochi, the team finished in tenth place.  They improved their performance at the home hosted Wheelchair Curling World Championships earlier this year, when they had their best ever finish: third.  Their participation also marked another historic first.  It was the first time the country had teams participating at the World Wheelchair, World Women’s and World Men’s Curling Championship in the same wheelchair curling season. In February, the Finnish team was ranked ninth in the world.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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