Pebbles to Boulders
The curling season is over. So sad, but it is true. From this season of Pebbles to Boulder stories, let’s take a look back at some of the more important lessons we have learned.
Prince Edward Island has a reputation for developing some very fine curlers. One of the brightest stars to come from the Island is Erin Carmody.
The Coldwater Curling Club – you may have heard of it. Coldwater is the home club of the Glenn Howard and Sherry Middaugh curling teams. Just as important as the fame of these world-class curling teams, Coldwater is steadily gaining a reputation of developing a fine youth program, which starts off with Little Rocks.
Imagine, growing up in a curling family, where your life-long dream is to play in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Womens Curling Championships. Since age 5, each winter is spent at the curling club, learning the craft that finally one day sends you and your team to the dream-come-true with a win of the Scotties provincial championship. This is exactly what has happened to Tracy Horgan from Sudbury Ontario.
Being organized is a key step to the success of any curling program. That’s a message I stress with program organizers. Fun is the happiness on the faces of those you are serving. Success is a relative term, which can be measured in many different ways, but can be the satisfaction of a job well done. Organization, fun and success are enjoyed by the Little Rockers of Bally Haly Golf and Country Club in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The Idylwylde Golf and Country Club in Sudbury, Ontario has long been a fixture on the curling scene of Northern Ontario. The strength of their reputation comes in part from the efforts of their youth programs, beginning with Little Rocks.
Anyone watching national championship curling over the last 25 years has heard of the Mayflower Curling Club.
During the time my wife and I were the Little Rock co-ordinators at the Brant Curling Club, we witnessed many pleasures – one of which was meeting the Elgie Family and young Lesleigh Elgie.
Like every curling club across Canada at the beginning of the season, the St. John’s Curling Club in Newfoundland holds a new curler clinic. This is where our story begins.
Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Stouffer is an example of a young lady who has been bitten by the curling bug.
Located at the head of the Great Lakes is the heart of curling in Northwestern Ontario: Thunder Bay.
Anyone who curls in the Ottawa area or has some involvement with curling at the national level is familiar with the family name Merklinger. The Merklingers have been active in curling for what seems like forever.
Curling bonspiels are a great source of entertainment for many of us to get through the long, cold Canadian winter.
In our hockey-mad nation, there are hundreds of stories told about hockey stars coming from small towns and making it in the big leagues. But I’m about to tell you a similar story, and this time it’s the story of a curler.