The Elkford Curling Club. Submitted Photo

Elkford ready to curl

The Elkford Curling Centre is preparing for some exciting events to accompany their 2017/2018 curling season.

From September 29 to October 1, the organization hosted two well-attended Curl BC workshops; the Youth Podium Preparation Camp, an NCCP Competition Coach Clinic and a Season Opener Curling Clinic for new and returning curlers.

The league considers themselves very lucky to have hosted these events, instructed by world-class coaching team, Darryl and Kate Horne. Kate has previously competed in six national Scotties tournaments, winning the 1998 Canadian Women’s championship. In addition to being a nationally-acclaimed curler, Kate has served as a Curl BC Coach Developer and long-time instructor at the Optimist Rockslide Summer Curling Camp. Darryl has coached eight national Scotties tournaments, and is a Canadian Champion as well as a World Bronze Medalist (1998, 2012).

In 1994, he coached the World Junior Men’s Championships. He is a Curl BC High Performance Consultant, Rockslide instructor and is currently coaching internationally with a mixed doubles team from Hungary.

This brings about no doubt as to why the Elkford Curling Club considered this workshop a privilege.

The recent Podium Preparation camp gave 13 Elk Valley youth an opportunity to learn about all aspects of competition preparation topics through the practice of journaling.

This included warm up, cool-downs, technical skills, mental toughness, sweeping, team communication, video analysis and a competition overview in preparation for a potential future in curling.

Ten local Elkford coaches were certified in the Competition Curling Coach Clinic which is the first step in becoming Competition Coach Certified, and able to coach in the BC Winter Games playdowns.

Winter leagues begin the week of October 16th and include Junior (age 6-18+), Mens, 4×4 shift and 2 – 8 week leagues; Open Doubles and Open 4 person.

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