NEW GLASGOW – Bluenose Curling Club was busy last week hosting a series of open house sessions that attracted dozens of prospective curlers.
Club membership director Joe Proudfoot said he was encouraged with the turnout of curlers of all ages for learn-to-curl sessions. They included how to balance, slide, sweep and deliver stones in a way that kept the participants interested.
“We had 40 on the ice Tuesday and a bit fewer than that Wednesday (last week), but we still had a good response,” Proudfoot said.
Katinka Mueller was among several exchange students from North Nova Education Centre who enjoyed learning the game.
“I wanted to try this because I think every Canadian does, and it is a winter sport,” she said.
“I like the sliding,” added Turkish student Ecem Kaygisiz.
Carly MacCuspic was busy helping younger people learn to glide, sweep and deliver curling stones safely.
Proudfoot said the club has more than 200 members but would like to grow a younger base of curlers.
“We’re starting to get some traction with younger adults,” he said. “The group of people my age is growing.”
One of the highlights of the club season is its part in the annual Ship Hector Bonspiel that is scheduled for Jan. 20 to 22, with games at Bluenose, as well as clubs in Pictou, Stellarton and Westville.
Katinka Mueller delivers a stone during her turn practising during the open house hosted by Bluenose Curling Club to encourage people to give curling a try and possibly join the club.