NEW GLASGOW – You’ve seen how the pros do it, now’s your chance to give it a try.
Last week during the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, more than 60 teams of professional athletes demonstrated the fun, sportsmanship and camaraderie of the game. And now, you can see what all the excitement is about.
All four curling clubs in Pictou County – New Caledonian in Pictou, Bluenose in New Glasgow, Stellar club in Stellarton and the Westville curling club – will be hosting Curling Day in Pictou County on Saturday, November 16.
The clubs will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be inviting everyone to come in and try curling.
“They will all be doing the same set of instructional curling, which will take about an hour, if someone wants to give it a try throwing those rocks, organizer and avid curler Donald Buckingham said.. “They will also have information, if anyone is interested, in joining the clubs’ learn to curl programs, or in understanding what more each club has to offer, because every club has something different to offer.”
There will also be draws and giveaways throughout the day at each club.
“We’re encouraging people to try as many clubs as they can,” Buckingham suggested. “You might try the one in your own neighbourhood because you’ve never been in it, but you may also try another one, too, because you heard they did something different there.”
Two clubs in Pictou County offer a junior program – the New Caledonian Club in Pictou and the Bluenose Club in New Glasgow. Younger people interested in giving curing a try are encouraged to visit these clubs to learn about their Junior Program.
“Curling Day in Pictou County is really about getting everybody out – they can be young and they can be not so young, it really doesn’t matter because there is curling for any age and ability,” Buckingham encouraged.
Curling is offered in Pictou County in many variations.
Wheelchair curling is for those with a disability affecting their lower limbs or gait. Wheelchair curling is governed by the World Curling Federation and is one of the sports in the Winter Paralympic Games.
Stick curling is a quick paced game that allows curlers to remain active in a sport they enjoy. Each stone must be delivered by a curling stick from a standing or seated (wheelchair) position.
Little Rocks curling is for athletes who are aged 12 and under, while junior curling is for those in their teens.
And then there is regular adult curling for all skill levels. There is even a blind curling team in Nova Scotia.
“There are all forms of curling – it’s a sport for anybody – and it satisfies every age group,” Buckingham said.”
During the Slam event last week, representatives of all the local curling clubs were set up in the concourse armed with information about curling, their specific club and promoting the Curling Day in Pictou County event.
From left: Janet Ellsworth from the Westville Curling Club and Sandra Campbell of the New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou were among those promoting Curling Day that will take place at all four local clubs on Saturday. (Goodwin photo)