Father and son go close at kurling world championships

Oliver and Steve Peace
Oliver and Steve Peace

A FATHER and son team from Wakefield reached the semi-finals of the New Age Kurling World Championships over the May Day weekend.

Oliver Peace, 18, and his dad Steve were competing on behalf of Wakefield Able2 Disability Sports Club at the world event hosted by the Great Britain Kurling Association (GBKA) - the UK’s national governing body for the sport - at the Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.

The championships were held over two days.

Since the conception of new age kurling in 2000 it quickly became a popular sport as disabled people can play with or against able-bodied on equal terms. It is now played throughout the world.

Oliver took part in his first international competition last weekend and progressed from the round robin to the knockout stages.

He and Steve were just pipped for a place in the final following a nail-biting tie-break.

“Oliver performed brilliantly,” said Steve. “I’m very proud of him. It was a tremendous result for our first appearance at a competition of this calibre.”

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