Some of the volunteer coaches were some of the Hope Curling Club’s youngest members, eager to show their peers how to curl.                                 Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard

Some of the volunteer coaches were some of the Hope Curling Club’s youngest members, eager to show their peers how to curl. Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard

Kids with brooms: Coaches brush up on teaching kids to curl

Hope’s curlers learn to teach the next generation of rock throwers

Hope’s curling coaches were busy brushing up on their teaching skills on Saturday, under the guidance of an instructor sent by Curl BC.

Al Kersey, from Strider Education Legacies Youth Curling Development, spent the day teaching the volunteer coaches some tips and tricks. Near the end of the day, a Learn To Curl for Youth event was planned so that the coaches could practice their new skills immediately.

Some of the 20 or so youth who came out had already been to Learn to Curl sessions in the past, but as curler Kent McKinnon told them with a laugh, they’d just been winging it.

“Thanks for coming,” he said. “Now we can test out the stuff we’ve just learned.”

But that’s not the case anymore. Kersey led the whole group as they first learned to stand with the broom at the edge of the rink. Then, with their hands placed just right, they learned to sweep the ice.

With all of that sorted, the kids were shown how to move down the long sheets of ice, sweeping the ice as they went. On the next pass, they learned how to hurry. And finally, how to hurry hard.

Kersey is contracted by Curl BC to go around to different clubs and teach coaches how to coach. The hope is to increase the love of curling in each community, and by making curling rinks a welcoming place for youth who want to give it a try.

READ MORE: Room for everyone at the Hope Curling Club

This is the 60th anniversary of the Hope Curling Club, and the club’s goal is to get as many people through their doors as possible. The excitement that’s built up around curling in general is helping with that already. But several events are planned this season that should help even more.

Saturday’s training session was one step. They’ll also hold a bonspiel at the end of November, and the Provincial Mixed Doubles Championships in March.

For those who already know how to curl, there are several leagues to join. There’s the Monday Night Mens League, Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles, Wednesday Afternoon Drop-In Curling, Wednesday Night Mixed and Thursday Night Open Mixed. Curling season began in mid-October.

The Hope Curling Club is at 1055 Sixth Ave.

For more information about learning to curl or joining the club, email info@hopecurlingclub.com

@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Kids with brooms: Coaches brush up on teaching kids to curl

Kids with brooms: Coaches brush up on teaching kids to curl

Kids with brooms: Coaches brush up on teaching kids to curl

Kids with brooms: Coaches brush up on teaching kids to curl

Kids with brooms: Coaches brush up on teaching kids to curl

Just Posted

Russell Jonathon George Gurney was last seen in Chilliwack in mid-December. (RCMP photo)
RCMP ask for help to find missing Abbotsford man last seen in Chilliwack

Police and family are concerned for the well-being of Russell Jonathon George Gurney

The Harrison Hot Springs village office, as seen from the back. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Harrison village staff to get additional office space

The village has agreed to spend up to $75,000 of the COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant on a new portable

Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)
PHOTOS: Harrison students launch peaceful protest against playground division for MLK day

The kindergarten students negotiated with the school principal to enable recess on both playgrounds

Ottawa serial killer Camille Joseph Cleroux died of natural causes at Abbotsford’s Pacific Institution on Sunday.
Serial killer housed at Abbotsford’s Pacific Institution dies of natural causes

Camille Joseph Cleroux announced dead on Sunday, known as notorious Ottawa serial killer

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths

Outbreak at Surrey Pretrial jail, two more in health care

A woman writes a message on a memorial mural wall by street artist James “Smokey Devil” Hardy during a memorial to remember victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. paramedics respond to record-breaking number of overdose calls in 2020

On the front lines, COVID-19 has not only led to more calls, but increased the complexity

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Southern resident killer whales in B.C. waters. Research shows the population’s females are more negatively influenced by vessel traffic than males. (Photo supplied by Ocean Wise Conservation Association)
Female orcas less likely to feed in presence of vessel traffic: study

Research the southern resident population raises concerns over reproduction capacity

(Black Press Media files)
Transport Canada not budging on enclosed deck rules, despite calls from BC Ferries union

There have been at least 23 cases of the U.K. variant detected in Canada, four of which are in B.C.

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
1-in-5 COVID tests coming back positive in and around Fernie, sparking concern

Dr Ron Clark of Elk Valley Hospital said one in five tests was returning positive for COVID-19

Ralliers gather in front of the Cityviews Village apartment building in Maple Ridge to protest attempts to evict low-income tenants by the building owner. (Ronan O’Doherty - The News)
Tenants protest pressure tactics by new landlord at Maple Ridge apartment building

Protest held in front of Cityviews Village on 223 St. Tuesday to rally against low-income evictions

Most Read