Approximately 16 athletes will be competing in various skills tests and one-on-one games throughout the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Madison Curling Club. From these trials, the top eight finishers will qualify to play in two international events in November. The top five athletes at the conclusion will then be named to the U.S. National Team that will compete in South Korea in February of 2012. The Wheelchair Team must compile enough points at the Worlds over a three-year period to earn a berth in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
These trials will have several local connections, as three of the athletes will be members of the Madison Curling Club this season. They are Tim Kelly, Tyler Halatek, both of whom were on teams that qualified for the Mansfield championships last season, and Patrick McDonald who just relocated to Madison with his entire family just to be able to train full time for the Paralympics. Steve Brown has been the National and Paralym-pics head coach since 2005, and Rusty Schieber has been the assistant coach for the last three years. They will be in need of a significant number of volunteers to assist on the ice with moving stones, holding chairs, and cleaning stones. If you can assist anytime during any of these days – morning, afternoon or evening – please contact Steve Brown at 222-1691 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.