“Weird curling destination, eh?” says Dustin Mikush, a 14-year-old curler from Wadena, Sask., who recently travelled to Tempe, Ariz., to try out the ice at the local Coyotes Curling Club.
The 14th annual Optimist U18 International Curling Championships have concluded in Langley and Surrey B.C., with Team Connecticut winning the men’s title, and Team Manitoba winning the women’s.
A motivated group of Quebec Bantam curlers and their coaches recently had an opportunity to hone their competition skills at a camp designed for teams with their sights set on representing their province at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
It has been almost 14 years since the curling world lost one of its greatest athletes, Sandra Schmirler. A native of Saskatchewan, Schmirler quickly climbed the ranks to curling greatness and stole the hearts of Canadians from coast to coast. To say Sandra is a Canadian and curling hero is an understatement.
“There is no magic pill, only hard work,” says Dan Girard, manager of Alberta’s Sherwood Park Curling Club, about the effort required to provide a positive experience for club members, year in, year out.
Just how challenging is it to be the father of not one, not two, but three high-performance curlers? Ask Doug Kreviazuk of Ottawa, whose daughters Alison, Lynn and Cheryl have been competing together – and against each other – since Little Rocks.
On March 27-30, 26 coaches from Ontario, Northern Ontario, B.C., Quebec and Alberta gathered at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont., for the Canadian Curling Association’s first Competition Development Curling Workshop.
One evening in October 1997, eight like-minded curling enthusiasts gathered to create Edmonton’s first and only gay curling league. From that first night to today, Curling with Pride’s mission statement has always been to promote fellowship through curling, based on fair play and mutual respect, for Edmonton’s GLBT community, its friends, its families and its allies.
If you look at the line-up of teams at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships, you will find one common trend: parents. Parents who are coaching their kids and enjoying the journey of living their dreams together. From the Northwest Territories to Newfoundland and Labrador, parents of players were found on the coaches’ bench at the recent national junior curling championships in Liverpool, N.S.
British Columbia curling star Kelly Scott recently got a chance to volunteer at her son’s school with the Capital One Rocks & Rings program. She not only brought curling to his school but also later got on the ice with his classmates. Here is her story.
“High performance athletics is not what it used to be,” says long-time curler and coach Gary Crossley, who was an original founder and is now the director of the Laurier Golden Hawks Curling High Performance Centre in Waterloo, Ont.
Meet Keely Brown, third on the junior team that represented Canada at the World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland.
The year is 1988 and I am nine years old. It is a monumental year for the sport of curling and it is a monumental year for my mother, Marilyn Barraclough. Curling is finally being showcased at the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary and my mom is President of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association, which would merge with the men’s organization a few years later to form the current, all-encompassing Canadian Curling Association.
A few years ago, when Kathy Arnold looked into starting a Learn to Curl program at the McArthur Island Curling Club in Kamloops, B.C., she had no idea the results would be so spectacular – and so long term.
The Capital One Rocks & Rings program recently visited with Mount Pearl Special Olympics athletes. Superstar instructor Geoff Walker exposed them to a new sport and they loved it! Here is Coach Guy’s take on their experience with Rocks & Rings.