The Granite Curling Club in West Ottawa is bursting with beginners! According to Club Manager, Denise Hoekstra, the evening Rookies Rock program is what started it all 10 years ago. Newbies flocked to the club to learn how to curl with great instruction in a welcoming atmosphere.
Welcome back to another season. It’s hard to believe the time has already come to dig out our curling shoes and a dust off our brooms. And what a difference a year makes…
Kim Perkins, Head Curling Professional at the Calgary Winter Club, wraps up the season with a few words of wisdom:
One word to describe the Tartan Curling Club in Regina would be flexible. At this time, in the business of curling, flexibility is paramount. A changing demographic is forcing curling clubs to get creative with their programming, and create an environment where people want to get started in curling and stick with the sport for life.
A good grip combined with a positive release can work wonders for accuracy. If you find yourself over or under rotating stones, flipping the line in or out, having inconsistent curl or weight control, not being able to properly follow through, or missing the broom completely, you just might have a release problem.
If you’re relatively new to curling, you likely play front end on a team and never consider line call. And then, against all odds, it happens. Skipper calls in sick and your second’s out of town. You call in a spare but they have to play lead. Your third moves up to skip and suddenly… Holy Cow… you’re playing third!
Over the years I have worked with many different instructors both as a curler and as an instructor. I learn something new from each person I work with. They have all helped shape me to be the instructor I am today.
For Cheryl Whitnack curling will never be the same – and neither will her life.
I had a number of lessons this past week with curlers transitioning from a lift delivery to a no-lift delivery.
If you’re struggling to come up with a New Year’s resolution I’d like to offer a suggestion.
If you’re having trouble finding gifts for the curler in your life this year, look no further for great ideas.
Curling is the perfect Christmas sport. It can bring your annual office party to a whole new level of awesome, provide a great way to let off steam and avoid awkward family conversation, and it can be a wonderful way to unwind with friends.
In recent years curling has been touted as a life sport. It can be played by children, adults and seniors, and there are very few stages of life when the sport is not an option. But aside from being a life sport, curling is also easily accessible to those with disabilities, including the visually impaired.
Each time we met them in the round robin we cringed. Not because they were rude or especially skilled but because they were slow.
It has often been said that curling is a sport you can play for life. Never has this been more true.