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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006, 15:30 GMT
GB's Winter Paralympic schedule
The IX Paralympic Winter Games takes place in Turin from 10-19 March with Great Britain competing in three events - wheelchair curling, alpine skiing and sledge hockey.

All times in GMT.

WHEELCHAIR CURLING

Sunday 12 March
1100 - GB v Switzerland
1600 - GB v Denmark

Tuesday 14 March
1100 - GB v Italy
1600 - GB v Canada

Thursday 16 March
1100 - Possible tie-breaker
1600 - Possible tie-breaker

Monday 13 March
1100 - GB v Norway
1600 - GB v Canada

Wednesday 15 March
1100 - GB v USA
1600 - Possible tie-breaker

Friday 17 March
1100 - Semi-finals
1600 - Bronze medal play-off

Saturday 18 March
1100 - Gold medal play-off


Beginner's guide

Scotland skip Frank Duffy in action
Sweepers are not permitted in wheelchair curling
Wheelchair curling, which makes its debut in Turin, follows the same rules as its Olympic counterpart, except no sweeping is permitted and each game is played over six ends rather than 10.

The object of the sport is to slide smooth granite stones across the ice towards a target (the house), marked on opposite ends of each sheet.

Each team must include at least one woman and is made up of four players with each athlete delivering two stones alternating with the opposing team.

The objective is to reach the 'house', which is marked by four large concentric different coloured circles. The team that places the most stones closest to the centre of the house wins the point.

ALPINE SKIING

Russell Docker
Sit-skier (LW12)
Liz Miller
Amputee (LW4)
Sean Rose
Sit-skier (LW11)
11 Mar Downhill
12 Mar Downhill Downhill
13 Mar Super-G
14 Mar Super-G Super-G
15 Mar Rest day Rest day Rest day
16 Mar Giant slalom
17 Mar Giant slalom Giant slalom
18 Mar Slalom
19 Mar Slalom Slalom


Beginner's guide

Sean Rose in action for Britain
Alpine skiers can compete on a sit-ski (above)
The alpine skiing events include downhill, super-G (super giant slalom), giant slalom and slalom.

Athletes with a physical disability will compete either sitting on a sit-ski or standing using one or two skis and poles depending on the nature of their disability.

Athletes who are blind or partially sighted compete with a guide who skis either beside or behind the competitor while providing verbal instruction on slope and direction.

Paralympic events use a specifically devised classification criteria to mediate between the different disabilities, but in all competitions, the winner is the one who, without missing any gates, records the lowest time over the course.

SLEDGE HOCKEY

Saturday 11 March
2030 - GB v Canada
Group A match

Monday 13 March
No GB game


Wednesday 15 March
1100 - Play-off (A3 v B4)
2030 - Play-off (B3 v A4)

Sunday 12 March
1700 - GB v Norway
Group A match

Tuesday 14 March
1300 - GB v Italy
Group A match

Thursday 16 March
1100 - Semi-final (A1 v B2)
2030 - Semi-final (B1 v A2)

Saturday 18 March
1700 - Bronze medal play-off
2030 - Gold medal play-off


Beginner's guide

Sledge hockey in action at the last Paralympics in 2002
Sledge hockey is almost identical to ice hockey except for the equipment
Ice Sledge Hockey is the version of traditional ice hockey for athletes with a lower limb disability.

Players use specially designed sledges fitted with two blades to propel themselves across the ice and have two playing sticks, which they use like a ski-pole to push themselves and to shoot the puck.

There are five players (two defenders and three attackers) and one goaltender, with no limit on the number of substitutions, but a total of 15 players is allowed in each team.

The periods are shorter than for ice hockey, with three of 15 minutes length, and the object of the game is simply to score more goals than the other team.

OTHER SPORTS

Cross-country skiing
Sunday 12 March, Wednesday 15 March, Friday 17 - Sunday 19 March

Biathlon
Saturday 11 March, Tuesday 14 March




SEE ALSO
BBC coverage of Winter Olympics
08 Feb 06 |  Schedule
Disabled sport calendar
09 Nov 05 |  Disability Sport
Curling champions get Turin vote
30 Oct 05 |  Disability Sport
GB trio secure Paralympic places
10 Jun 05 |  Disability Sport
Sledge hockey side get Turin nod
12 Jan 06 |  Disability Sport


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