Wheelchair Curling is a Paralympic sport. Athletes with a wide range of disabilities play this sport. The leading equipment used in Wheelchair Curling for delivering the stones is the Delivery Stick.
Parts of the Delivery Stick:
(Also shown in the Figure-01 below)
The Delivery Stick is divided into a Shaft, a Grip, and an Excalibur.
The Delivery Stick is specially built for people with disabilities. In other words, it can be said that the delivery stick is an extension of the arm. So, it becomes essential for the Curler to understand how to utilize the stick while delivering the stone.
Steps to follow while using the Delivery Stick:
(Also shown in the Figure-02 below)
Step 1: Place the stone within 18 inches of the centerline.
Step 2: Starting from the top of the shaft, you need to hold the grip by forming a V - shape with your thumb and index finger so that it becomes easy for you to rotate the knob according to the stone's rotation.
Step 3: Now, place the delivery stick on the handle of the stone and remember to keep your delivering arm straight as you move the stick forward.
In other words, the release of the stone is referred to as a 'Palm Up' for clockwise turn or 'Palm Down' for anti-clockwise turn.
Step 5: Release the stone by keeping the arm and the stick straight to get a clear shot.
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