Sports: Wheelchair Curling
Dennis Thiessen started in his sport in 2005 when a friend invited him to try wheelchair curling. At the time, Dennis was familiar with curling for able-bodied athletes, but couldn’t see how someone could throw a rock down the ice while in a wheelchair. Today he’s one of the top wheelchair curlers in the country.
Dennis won bronze in 2008, 2009 and 2010 at Canadian Nationals. In 2011, he became a national wheelchair curling champion (a feat he and his teammates repeated in 2013).
After an extensive two-year tryout process, he was named to Team Canada in 2012. As vice-skip for Team Canada, he took the top spot at the 2013 World Championships as well as a gold medal in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Outside of curling, Dennis helped establish the provincial branch of Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities, an organization dedicated to presenting farm safety programs to children, youth and adults. He lost his leg in an accident on his family’s farm when he was seventeen years old.
2016 World Wheelchair Curling ChampionshipsFeb 21, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016