Double loss for Canada at wheelchair curling world championships

Canadian Paralympic Committee

March 05, 2024

Canadians in battle for playoff berth

Thurston 2024 worlds

GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada lost 7-5 to the United States and 8-2 to Scotland on Tuesday at the 2024 Wheelchair Curling World Championships.

The Canadians are now in a four-way tie for fourth place in the preliminary round standings. The top six teams from the round robin advance to the playoffs, with the top two receiving a bye while the remaining four play in the first round.

“We made a lot of shots today,” said Canadian skip Mark Ideson of London, Ont., “We were just on the wrong side of the inch.”

The game against the Americans went down to the wire. 

Coming home tied with hammer, fourth Jon Thurston of Dunsford, Ont., needed to navigate a tricky port in hopes of finding the four-foot for the win but ticked a guard and came up short. 

“We had a solid game and so did the U.S.,” said Ideson. “They had some key makes in key moments and had us on the ropes the whole game. It was a great battle from start to finish.”

Also on the ice for Team Canada, the defending silver medallists, were third Ina Forrest of Spallumcheen, B.C., and second Gil Dash of Wolseley, Sask.

Scotland, last year’s bronze medallists, registered its first win of the tournament in its victory over Canada.

Latvia remains first at 6-1 followed by China and South Korea at 5-2. Tied with the Canadians are Italy, Norway and Sweden. Slovakia and the Americans are 3-4 while the Czechs are 2-5 and Scotland and Estonia 1-6.

Canada has four games left in the preliminaries. On Wednesday it’s Latvia (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET) and Czechia (Wednesday, 5 a.m. ET).

The gold and bronze medal games will take place Friday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

All games are available to watch on YouTube at

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