Author Archives: Jean Mills (page 30)

Author Archives: Jean Mills

Business of Curling: Facebook Helps Break the Ice at Kenora’s Social Spiel

October 31, 2012

Picture this: your curling centre has a terrific social bonspiel coming up soon, and you want to get the word out to participants. You also want to entice some non-curlers to check out the action at your club and maybe give curling a try. Great! You’re all set – but what’s the best way to spread the news?

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Middaugh Team Competes in Yichun, China

October 29, 2012

On November 3, the 2012 Yichun International Ladies Curling Competition gets underway in Yichun, China, and Canada’s Sherry Middaugh will be on the ice as one of eight women’s teams competing in the event.

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Around the House: Home to the Wadena Curling Club

October 24, 2012

Boy grows up in a small Saskatchewan town and, of course, learns to curl at the local rink. Boy moves to big city, where he completes university, lands a job as an ice tech and, eventually, becomes a curling club general manager. Boy, all grown up now, moves back home to raise his young family. Where does he head? Straight to the local curling club, of course.

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Partners Glendale and ClubLink Keep Curling on the Ice

October 18, 2012

They’ve been curling at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario, since 1960, but when ClubLink stepped in to take over management of the golf facility two years ago, the big question arose: will Glendale continue to offer curling as well as golf?

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Around the House: Celebrating Fifty Years of Curling at Annandale

October 10, 2012

Since April, members of the Annandale Curling Club in Ajax, Ontario, have been at work preparing for the 2012-2013 season. Yes, there will be curling. But more importantly, there will also be lots of celebrating: Annandale is entering its fiftieth year. It’s time for a season-long party!

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Strathcona Cup 2013: Scotland vs Canada in Friendly Curling Competition

October 4, 2012

This January, Canadian curlers coast to coast will compete in a championship that brings Scottish teams across the Atlantic to battle – in friendly fashion – for curling supremacy. Plans are underway for the  Strathcona Cup Tour 2013.

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The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) Gives Curling a Try

September 26, 2012

As the curling season approaches, new curlers are being introduced to the game at clubs across the county. On Tuesday morning, The Ottawa Curling Club hosted a special Learn-to-Curl session: under the watchful eye of OCC Curling Professional Earle Morris, The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), took to the ice, joined by local high-performance curlers Craig Savill, Rachel Homan, Alison Kreviazuk, Emma Miskew and Lisa Weagle.

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Around the House: Vancouver Curling Club Celebrates 100 Years

September 25, 2012

They may have moved to a variety of different addresses, and yes, they may have been forced to take a few breaks (World Wars will do that to a schedule). But curlers in Vancouver have been finding ice for one hundred years, and this season they’re planning to celebrate that milestone.

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Curling for a Cause: the Capital One Celebrity Bonspiel

September 20, 2012

Big-name curlers are unfailingly generous with their time both on and off the ice, especially when it comes to supporting a good cause. Many fans of our sport are familiar with the CCA’s Charity of Choice, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, and have recognized high-profile athletes on TSN Telethons over the years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the care of premature and critically ill babies in hospitals across Canada.

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Long-Term Athlete Development for Curling in Canada

September 18, 2012

Here’s an interesting fact for the curler who dreams of hoisting a championship trophy or showing off an Olympic medal: research shows that a high-performance curler should ideally be identified and begin the long process towards specialization between the ages of 13 and 15.

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Around the House: “Down time” at Guelph Curling Club

September 12, 2012

As the closing banquet for my Wednesday night league at the Guelph Curling Club wrapped up last spring, I remember looking at the pools of water covering the melting ice in the darkened ice house. The end of the season. Time for summer.

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Curling Camps: Not Just for Kids!

August 31, 2012

Junior curlers have had lots of opportunity to hone their skills at camps from coast to coast this summer, but now it’s the grown-ups’ turn. Two Ontario-based camps – one a “hot shots” and one a “fantasy” camp – offer adult curlers a chance to get their curling kicks both on and off the ice.

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Two Alberta Summerspiels Focus on Curling for Fun

August 16, 2012

For curlers who just can’t seem to pack away their brooms and sliders at the end of the season, summer curling events fill the gap between last year’s closing and next year’s opening bonspiels.

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Curling in July. Why not?

August 1, 2012

Ah, summer! Season of sunshine, golfing, relaxation, barbeques on the deck – and bonspiels.

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Canadian curlers prepare for Sochi – in London

July 26, 2012

Right now, the spotlight is on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, but a contingent of Canadian curlers and coaches will be in London too, soaking up the experience as part of their preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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