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Vernon junior spiel gives young curlers a competitive edge

Team Brown (Photo Karen Mosure)

Jim Cotter is well known in Canadian curling circles for his precision shot-making on the ice. But a few weeks ago, he was wearing another curling hat: junior team coach and part of the organizing committee for the 14th Annual Prestige Hotels Rick Cotter Memorial Junior Classic in Vernon, B.C.

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What a difference YOU made!

(Photo courtesy Rocks & Rings)

Donors have had such an impact on curling in Canada in just a few short months!

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Inside Junior Curling: School comes first!

Liverpool, NS 2014 M&M Canadian Juniors Alberta skip Kelsey Rocque throws a rock in the final game with sweepers Taylor McDonald and Claire Tully. CCA/michael burns photo

One of the most common traits you’ll find in junior curlers across Canada and even internationally is the fact that most of these athletes are not simply athletes, but student athletes.

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Curling: The “gateway” to a healthy future


Canadian kids are being left out of traditional sports, especially girls, obese children, those with special needs, and kids from low income families.* We want kids to be happy and healthy for years to come.

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Inside Junior Curling: Sisterly love

Les sœurs Cathlia (à gauche) et Jamie (à droite) avec leur papa Mark Ward au Brier Tim Hortons 2003 où Mark était premier dans l’équipe de Brad Gushue. (Photo par C. Ward)

Here we are again, September of another curling season. For most curlers in Canada, this season represents new beginnings. New teams and new dreams are forming across the nation, and my 2014-2015 squad is no different.

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How curling helped one special five-year-old accomplish big things


I experienced something a couple of weeks back that gave me an incredible feeling of satisfaction and really validated the integrity of the job for me.

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Helping rural kids learn about curling

The classes start the same way every time in these schools: the kids enter the gym, chatting and rambunctious, like any other group of eight-year-olds, but then they notice what is about to happen. Something different.

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Inside Junior Curling: The legacy lives on

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.

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Inside Junior Curling: Strength in family

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.

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Rocks & Rings: Kelly Scott gets kids curling

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.

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Q&A with junior curling athlete Keely Brown

Meet Keely Brown, third on the junior team that represented Canada at the World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland.

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Rocque wins two on first day of World Juniors

Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque got off to a strong start at the World Junior Curling Championships today in Flims, Switzerland, winning both her games on the first day of the round robin.

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Junior Athlete Q&A: Tyler Smith

Starting young has paid off for Tyler Smith of the Montague Curling Club in P.E.I. Smith’s father enrolled him in the Little Rocks program at age six and he’s been hooked ever since.

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Inside Junior Curling: Learning Life lessons

The day you get to pack your curling shoes in your carry-on baggage and take off on a plane is an extremely exciting “first”, one many junior curlers experience the first time they earn the right to represent their province.

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Olympic hopefuls pitch in with Capital One Rocks & Rings

Heather Nedohin has been a top-level competitor for many years and is loved by fans everywhere for the emotion she shows on the curling ice. Last spring we connected with her to get her involved with the Rocks & Rings program and she jumped at the opportunity.

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