Two major wheelchair curling championship events are happening in Richmond right now.
More than 60 athletes from 19 different countries have gathered for the World Wheelchair Curling and the World Wheelchair Mixed Doubles championships.
The events are taking place simultaneously at the Richmond Curling Club near the Richmond Olympic Oval from March 4 to 12.
This year's events are special, as it is the first time the mixed doubles championship is taking place in Canada and North America.
World Wheelchair Curling Championships features teams of four co-ed athletes competing against each other, while the mixed doubles championships consist of a two-person team of one male and one female athlete.
Doug Sarti, communications and marketing manager at Curl BC, described having the events in Richmond as a “proud moment” for the province.
“We have some of the best curlers in the world and to have it right here in the Lower Mainland is really fantastic,” said Sarti, adding athletes travelled from Europe and Asia as well.
“The quality of the play is the best in the world.”
Visitors are welcome to watch the competitions throughout the week for free at the venue.
Sarti told the Richmond News that having athletes from around the world visiting not only builds international relationships but also benefits the city as well.
“There is an economic and social benefit when an event as big as the wheelchair curling championships bring all these people from all over the world to visit the city,” said Sarti.
“It brings in fans who can enjoy the best Richmond has to offer when it comes to hotels, food and culture.”