Jim Armstrong

 

Jim Armstrong notched another feather in his cap in 2014 as he skipped Canada’s wheelchair curling team to a third consecutive Paralympics Games gold in Sochi. It was Armstrong’s second Paralympic triumph after topping the field at Vancouver 2010.

He enjoyed a successful career on the British Columbia’s able-bodied curling team but transitioned to wheelchair curling in 2007 due to knee and back injuries. He began curling in 1958 when he was only eight years old and since then he has accumulated a long record of medals and achievements. As an able-bodied athlete, Armstrong competed in the Canadian Brier six times, twice as a skip and is the only curler to have won the Ross Harstone Award for Sportsmanship and Ability three times. This award was of great significance to Armstrong since it is an award voted on by his peers who hold great esteem for all he has done for the sport. He served as an on-ice official at various major championships and as president of the World Curling Players’ Association from 1997 to 1999.

In addition to his Paralympic feats Armstrong helped Canada to gold at the 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Championships held in his former hometown of Richmond, British Columbia. He also skipped the team to gold at the 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

In 2013, Armstrong once again demonstrated his masterful skill of reading the ice when he skipped Team Canada to their third consecutive world title at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014 Paralympic Winter Games Wheelchair Curling Champion… 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Champion… 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Champion… 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Wheelchair Curling Champion… 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Champion.

HISTORICAL  CONTEXT

Canada won gold at the 2014, 2010 and 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.

PERSONAL

FAMILY: Armstrong has three adult children: Jody, Jayme and Greg. He is a retired dentist and is married to Suzanne Cline and lives in Cambridge, Ontario.

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: In 2007 Armstrong was invited as an advisor to Team Canada's wheelchair curling program. From there he went on to skip the British Columbia provincial wheelchair curling team to national championships in 2008 and 2009.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2014 Sochi ParalympicsWheelchair CurlingWheelchair Curling - Mixedgold
2010 Vancouver ParalympicsWheelchair CurlingWheelchair Curling - Mixedgold

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Wheelchair Curling Wheelchair Curling - Mixed 1
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Wheelchair Curling Wheelchair Curling - Mixed 1