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Come throw your first stone - give curling a try at the Kincardine Curling Club

By: Jennifer White
October 29, 2017
 
 

Do you want to try a cool Olympic sport that will be lighting up television screens this winter? The Kincardine Curling Club has plenty of ways for you to give curling a try!

If you were one of the more than five-million people watching televised Olympic curling action at Sochi, or planning to watch this February’s Olympics, you might wonder how you can get involved with this sport. It’s easier than you think. The Kincardine Curling Club is one of the oldest in Ontario, established in 1875, and at its current location since 1963.

So, how can you get involved? Give curling a try now. The Ontario Curling Association is using the website www.trycurlingnow.ca to direct those interested to their local rinks. The Kincardine club is hosting one such an event, Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

Whether you’ve curled before, or haven’t in many a year, this opportunity allows you a chance to get on the ice with helpful, fun, local volunteers and give yourself a chance to fall in love with the sport. No need to bring anything other than clean indoor shoes, and your adventurous self.

Curling in Kincardine is a fantastic way to meet new people, develop new skills, get in a little exercise, and steer clear of the winter blahs. Curling is accessible to people, ages six and up, and of a variety of skill and fitness levels.

If you are interested in curling but worried about the learning curve, you can sign up for a six-week, learn-to-curl program. This comprehensive program is designed to attract new curlers, train them and retain them as lovers of the sport. Learning this way is fun, reasonably-priced, and you can master the technique quickly.

Unlike traditional one-day clinics, this program helps entry-level and novice curlers become progressively better through continued weekly instruction by trained instructors. Equipment and coaching are provided.

After the Nov. 10 “try-curling” experience, the public is invited to join the Kincardine Curling Club membership to watch the Olympic pre-trials. Enjoy great curling, fellowship and a cash bar.

Visit the curling club website at sites.google.com/site/kincardinecurlingclub/ or the Facebook page for more details.

From the selection of national champions at the Briar, and the Scotties and the Continental Cup (hosted in London), the television will be packed with curling this winter. Add to that, the Winter Olympics in South Korea, and you’ve got a lot of opportunity to watch Canada’s other ice sport. This will be the seventh time that curling is on the Olympic program and for the first time, mixed doubles curling will be contested as well, after being added to the Olympic program in 2015.

Curling competitions will start the day before the opening ceremony and finish on the last day of the games, meaning that curling is the only sport to have competition on every day of the Olympic games.

Since curling was reintroduced as an Olympic sport in 1998, Canadians have made their way to the podium in both the men’s and women’s categories every single games. In Sochi 2014, Canadians earned gold medals in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

While the local club hasn’t yet produced a world champion, many of the players, old and young, have had the opportunity to brush elbows with the greatest athletes in their sport. Curlers are a small community of athletes. Because of the closeness of the curling community, it’s not uncommon to have the opportunity to meet and greet world and Olympic champions. Curlers are some of the most approachable professional athletes and many locals have a story or two to swap about their own experiences meeting them.

Curling is a sport that can be started at any age, and played for decades. It’s low-cost, with minimal equipment required, fairly easy to learn, and incredibly difficult to master. It is one of the only sports where teams are required to call their own fouls. Good sportsmanship is at the core of every game, which begins with a wish of “good curling” and typically ends with the winners buying refreshments for the other team.

Why not give curling a try today? Come throw your first stone Nov. 10!

 

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