The object of the game is to place disc shaped stones as close to the
bull’s eye on the target. You can propel the stones along the floor by
hand, or by specially designed pusher or by using a ramp if sitting down
to play. The game can be played in singles, in pairs or by a team of four.
One team will have red stones and the other blue. Various strategies are
used to win each ‘end’ and the score is cumulative. The game is played
on a area the size of a badminton court. This has quickly become a
popular sport and now disabled people can play with or against
able-bodied people on a equal level. Blind Life Members were invited
to a demonstration event and got the bug.
They received funding for the equipment necessary and it has taken off from there. In 2008 Blind Life in Durham joined GBKA (Great Britain Kurling Association). Every year the GBKA hold competitions which are open to all member groups. As a member, Blind Life in Durham attends and have been fairly successful over the years.
St Pauls Centre, St. Pauls Gardens, Spennymoor DL16 7LS, . Saturdays from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Wolsingham Community Sports Hall, DL13 3DN. Sundays 2.00 - 4.00pm or Wednesday 6.45pm– 8.45pm
Sundays until end April
|19 January 2019|
13 January 2019
| 27 January|
| 2 February - CANCELLED|| 10 February|
|16 February|| 24 February|
| 2 March|| 10 March|
|16 March|| 24 March|
|30 March|| 7 April|
|13 April||No Kurling as it is Easter Sunday|
|11 May||5 May|
|25 May ||19 May|
| then Wednesday Evenings|
6.45pm - 8.45pm
| 8 June|
5 June - Blind Awareness Event
6pm - 9pm
| 22 June||19 June|
| 6 July||3 July|
| 20 July||17 July|
| 3 August|| 31 July|
| 17 August||14 August|
|31 August||28 August|
|14 September||11 September|
then Sunday Afternoon
2.00 - 4.00pm
|26 October|| 20 October - In house competition|
1pm - 4pm
| 9 November || 3 November|
|23 November|| 17 November|
| || 1 December|
| 15 December|
In House New Age Kurling Competition
In October we held our annual In House Kurling Competition, where everyone in a group of four plays each other in a round robin and the two top scorers in each group goes onto the next round until finally there is one winner and one runner up. This year the trophies were presented by Leita Prior from County Durham Talking Newspapers, who was amazed at the turnout and the kurling itself.
The winner was David Wardle and runner up was Elaine Davison. Another award was made to Margaret Blyth who won the Margaret McCance Cup for most improved player. Well done to everyone.
GBKA New Age Kurling World Championships
Over the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018, the Great British Kurling Association (GBKA) held the World Championships at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre. On the Saturday was the Pairs event and Sunday was the Singles.
Blind Life in Durham entered 4 teams in the pairs and 7 members in the singles. 3 of the players had never entered a GBKA competition before. In the pairs, one team came 4th in the main championship and both players received medals. Two teams went through to the consolation round and ended up playing each other in the final! So one team was the winner and one team was the runners up, and both teams received trophies. The winning team also received a new trophy in memory of Nick Gibbs who was a founder and secretary of the GBKA, the Nick Gibbs Memorial Trophy.
On the Sunday in the singles, 4 players went through to the main championship and 2 players came 3rd and 4th overall. In the consolation round, 1 player came first and received the singles trophy and the Nick Gibbs Memorial Trophy. All in all we came away with 8 trophies and 3 medals. Well done to all our players.
In House New Age Kurling Competition
Once again the In House New Age Kurling Competition took place in October 2017. The winner was Eric McCance and runner up was Andy Marshall.
New Age Kurling Demonstration - Gateshead Stadium
Recently Blind Life in Durham were invited by Equality North East to go to Gateshead Stadium and demonstrate how blind and partially sighted people play New Age Kurling. Students from around the area were also invited to come and take part. Everyone enjoyed themselves and a short video was made to show the day.