After a successful career on the British Columbia curling team, Jim Armstrong transitioned to wheelchair curling in 2007 when he started using a wheelchair as a result of knee and back injuries. Jim began curling in 1958 when he was only eight years old and since then he has accumulated a long record of medals and achievements.
As an able-bodied athlete, Jim competed in the Canadian Brier six times, twice as a skip and is the only curler to have won the Ross Harstone Award for Sportsmanship and Ability three times. This award was of great significance to Jim since it is an award voted on by his peers who hold great esteem for Jim and for all he has done for the sport. He served as an on-ice official at various major championships and as president of the World Curling Players’ Association from 1997 to 1999.
Jim’s biggest achievement to date is skipping Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver in front of a jubilant home crowd. Prior to this feat, Jim and the team won the 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Championships held in Richmond, B.C., which is where Jim lived for many years prior to calling Cambridge, Ont., home.
He also skipped the team to gold at the 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.
In 2013, Jim once again demonstrated his masterful skill of reading the ice when he skipped Team Canada to their third consecutive world title at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships.
Jim has the experience, outstanding knowledge of the game and the drive to once again lead the team to the top of the podium at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
(Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)