The Capital One Rocks & Rings program has been growing strong across Canada over the past few years, and it certainly made an impression in Brier-hosting Edmonton this season. We’ve been very fortunate that several elite-level curlers have taken time out of their busy work and competition schedules to volunteer at the local schools and enhance the experience for the students.
Andy Jones of Calgary recently coached Team Alberta to the bronze medal at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Ottawa. Jones works with both able-bodied and wheelchair curlers, and he’s a role model for coaches who might be looking to expand their repertoire of coaching experiences.
The action on the curling ice may be wrapping up for another season, but many curling facilities still maintain a presence all year long – online. A perfect example is Northern Ontario’s North Bay Granite Club, which has a thriving website and social media platform to keep curlers engaged in club activities throughout the season and beyond.
The Optimist International U-18 Curling Championships is Canada’s premier youth event for players under 18 years of age.
Most curling clubs are guided by a Board of Directors. If you’re new to curling or you’ve been a member for only a few years, you might feel you don’t have anything to offer the Board. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Ever wonder what it’s like to jump head first into teaching a group of youngsters each week? Would you be brave enough to take on that challenge? Well Sherrie Burechailo did just that and never looked back.
Over the past few years, the Capital One Rocks & Rings program has been expanding. We’ve been encouraging local clubs to take advantage of our Adopt a School program. The Meaford Curling Club worked with their local schools to get students from the gym to the curling ice, and here is their story.
Following the first-ever Wheelchair Curling Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) Summit earlier this winter, athletes and coaches around the country have been trying out new best practices in order to further the sport in Canada.
It’s championship season in Canada for all sorts of curlers – including more than just the high-profile teams seen on the national and world stage.
Curling clubs often operate on a shoestring budget…or less. Sure, collecting dues from members helps to offset some of the operational costs, but there are many other expenses. For the most part, clubs try to offer as many inexpensive or free events as possible. So keep this in mind: it is the job of members to help make their club a better place, just as it is the job of the curling centre to offer a friendly, clean facility with good ice.
Cathlia Ward, fifth for Team Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships, has just returned home from Sochi, Russia after a whirlwind journey. The team had some ups and downs during the week; however, as you read Ward’s account, it is very apparent that the team reflects very fondly on their exciting adventure.
It’s championship season on the Canadian curling scene, and even though every championship isn’t a juggernaut like, say, the Tim Hortons Brier, each one requires a tremendous contribution by organizing committees, volunteers and, in some cases, curling facility staff and club members.
Curling is a game. No match, that I know of (though perhaps it would make good reality TV), has ever been to the death. In league play there is no car on the line; in fact, there’s very little money on the line. At most we’re usually talking enough money to cover the bar tab after the game.
Cathlia Ward was chosen to be the fifth for the Canadian junior team who is currently in Sochi, Russia for the World Junior Curling Championships. I asked Cathlia about her experience of joining Team Canada, and she shared her experience with me in her own words – which isn’t surprising since she’s also blogging about it at Memoirs of a Fifth.
The Capital One Rocks & Rings program recently spent three days at Lester B. Pearson School in Aurora, Ontario. For one student – the only curler in the school – this was a chance to spread the word about the game he loved and hopefully recruit some friends to form a school curling team. Here’s his account of the day.