Two World Wheelchair Curling Championships awarded to Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
The World Wheelchair Curling Championship and World Wheelchair Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2023 will be held at the Richmond Curling Centre in British Columbia, Canada. Both championships will run simultaneously from 4–12 March.
Richmond is a diverse community located 20 minutes from Vancouver and was home to speed skating at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games 2010.
Dating back to 1958, the Richmond Curling Centre is a modern eight-sheet rink with a restaurant, a pro shop, meeting rooms, excellent viewing areas and a luxurious 200-person capacity lounge.
The club hosted the 2005–2006 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships and the 2007–2019 International Wheelchair Open Canadian Curling Bonspiels.
"We're pleased to announce the fantastic news that Richmond will host both of our World Wheelchair Championships in 2023," said World Curling Federation President, Beau Welling.
"The Richmond Curling Centre is the perfect place to welcome the world's best wheelchair curlers. As a club that regularly promotes adaptive curling, athletes will be greeted with a large outdoor mural on the building, which features wheelchair curling. With all of the Local Organising Committee’s hosting experience, we are confident it will be a memorable experience for all, and we look forward to these two championships,” said Welling.
"We are pleased to have a world championship wheelchair curling event in Canada for the first time in 14 years and host the exciting new discipline of wheelchair mixed doubles curling for the first time. Wheelchair curling continues to grow worldwide, and we know Richmond will put on a first-class event," said Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson.
"Our Canadian wheelchair curling teams cannot wait to showcase their skill and dedication to the game in front of a hometown audience."
“We’re thrilled the City of Richmond will be hosting the 2023 WCF Wheelchair & Wheelchair Mixed Doubles Curling Championships, and all of us here at Curl BC are so happy to welcome the greatest adaptive curlers from around the world to our province,” said Curl BC Chief Executive Officer, Scott Braley.
“We’re really looking forward to sharing an unforgettable experience with these championships, and I encourage everyone to join us at the Richmond Curling Centre to enjoy this fast-growing and exciting sport.”
China is the reigning World Wheelchair Champions while Sweden claimed the inaugural mixed doubles title in May 2022.