If the name Shannon Birchard sounds familiar, there’s a very good reason for that! Birchard is most well-known for skipping Team Manitoba to a second place-finish at last year’s M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Championships in Fort McMurray, Alta., losing a close final to B.C’s Corryn Brown.
As Team Newfoundland and Labrador was announced at the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Senior Curling Nationals, out walked best friends and teammates Geoff Cunningham and Rob Thomas, the reigning Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships silver medalists.
When members of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Team journeyed to Boucherville, Que., Oct. 3-6 for a weekend on the ice with 2013 Canadian champions, Team Quebec, the focus was on training techniques and skill-sharing, but it was also on building strong connections among high-performance wheelchair curlers across Canada.
In May, I (instructor Nicole Westlund) brought the Capital One Rocks & Rings program to King George VI School in Chatham, Ont.
Curling teams come in many shapes and sizes, but how often does a team made up of four generations hit the ice together? For Ray Bullas and his daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter, it’s an annual tradition.
After a game of curling, there often seems to be a disconnect between the ice conditions and how players think the ice affected their game. Time and time again missed shots are blamed on poor ice conditions.
Throughout the season, we’ll be sitting down with young, up-and-coming athletes to find out everything from their favourite food to eat on the road to what their goals and dreams are.
The glass may have been foggy for spectators, and there may have been a few ice bumps thanks to the humid, rainy weather, but that didn’t stop hundreds of curlers – and non-curlers – from congregating at the Guelph Curling Club on Saturday, September 21 to kick off the club’s 175th anniversary season.
The start of the curling season is just as important to coaches as it is to curlers. While teams of all levels are getting back on the ice, coaches are working on their skills too, attending National Coaching Certification Programs delivered by their Member Associations (MA).
Cathlia Ward shares the story of her first session as a Capital One Rocks & Rings instructor in New Brunswick.
Identifying a problem is the easy part when it comes to developing the sport of curling. But how do you, as manager of a curling facility, execute a solution?
My name is Cathlia Ward, I’m a 19-year-old Leadership student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and I love curling.
Picture it. You arrive at the curling club, partial team in tow. Excitement crackles in the air as old friends come together for another curling season. Except, you have a problem. Your team is one player short.
Four days. Six hours in the classroom. Six hours at fitness practice. Twelve hours on the ice. One dance and one massive team shoot out.
Listen! Can you hear it? That’s the sound of skips calling and rocks sliding on the ice as another season gets underway. Ice techs, club managers, league conveners, coaches, and curlers of all ages – let’s not forget fans, too – are ramping up for the 2013-2014 season.