Don Bell searching for gold
|MEMBER OF CANADIAN TEAM
ENTERED IN WORLD WHEELCHAIR
|By JIM MILLER
After a surprising second place finish in the last year's World Wheelchair Curling Championship, Don Bell is heading back with the goal of bringing home a gold medal.
Point Edward's Don Bell with silver medal in 2002
|Bell said his team's ultimate goal is to make the Paralympics in 2006 in Italy when curling becomes a medal sport for the first time.
Bell has participated in numerous wheelchair sporting activities over the years including tennis, track-and-field, shooting and basketball. For his efforts he was named to the Sarnia/Lambton Sports Hall of Fame in October, 2002.
The Point Edward resident said curling is quickly becoming his favourite sport.
"Before, I liked whatever was in season and I didn't really have a favourite. Curling is quickly taking over and it's now the thing I want to focus on. It's not as hard on my body as other sports and there's a
|more social aspect to curling than other sports and I enjoy that."
Bell said he was proud to wear Canada's uniform in last year's event.
"It's amazing how the rest of the world loves Canadians. We were treated royally. Whenever we went, people wanted to get to know us. The way Canada was received was overwhelming."
(From Sports Extra section Jan. 25, 2003 as published in The Observer)
(photo by The Observer)
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