Tag Archives: Adult curling

Tag Archives: Adult curling

House Call: Watching curling brings us together

March 12, 2014

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.

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House Call: A new age for team building

September 18, 2013

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.

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House Call: Five things you can do to help your curling club

March 20, 2013

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.

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House Call: A word about swearing, smack talk, broom bashing and other tomfoolery

March 6, 2013

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.

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House Call: Relief for Sore Knees

November 14, 2012

If just the thought of crouching down in the hack sets your poor knees on fire it might be time to make some modifications to your delivery. While the traditional delivery requires a series of deep bends and squats there are ways to modify it to decrease joint pressure and retain accuracy.

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House Call: Rookies Rock at the Granite Club in Ottawa

October 3, 2012

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.

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House Call: Overcoming Adversity

September 19, 2012

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…

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House Call: A Curling Verse for Season’s End

April 11, 2012

Kim Perkins, Head Curling Professional at the Calgary Winter Club, wraps up the season with a few words of wisdom:

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House Call: Instructional Differences

February 16, 2012

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.

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