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New Age Kurling

In 2000, John Bennett was asked by his son to think up a sport that disabled people could all enjoy. It was while watching the Curling World Championships on television that John came up with the idea of New Age Kurling, an indoor version of the existing game but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall, rather than on ice.

He thought about using a discus with a handle and bearings so it could slide along the ground. He invented pushers and ramps to allow people of all abilities to launch the kurling stones as well as vinyl mats as targets.


New Age Kurling has been used as part of rehabilitation programs in hospitals because the sport doesn't require any physical fitness to play, but exercises muscles you would not usually use.

What started as a sporting idea for disabled people quickly became popular with able-bodied persons too, and for the first time disabled people can play with or against able-bodied people on an equal level.

The sport is now played all over the world, with national and international competitions. By 2009 indoor curling was enjoyed in 174 countries.

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