Nova Scotia’s best wheelchair curlers will take on a strong field at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship beginning Monday at the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville.
Brown, 62, was an able-bodied curler at the club level, curling out of Mayflower for 17 years, before a spinal tumour led to surgery in late 2007.
His condition, multiple myeloma, is treatable, but incurable, and he now has titanium rods in his spine. However, extensive rehabilitation at the Nova Scotia Rehab Centre has allowed him to get around with the help of a walker and, more recently, canes.
This is his first year playing the wheelchair game.
"It’s a lot different because there’s no sweeping," said Brown. "You have to be pretty accurate with your throwing, a lot more accurate than you are in the able-bodied game."