Residents of Prince Rupert got a chance to revel in free curling during the New Beers Resolution event, organized by the local curling club.
“It is an event we started about four years ago at the curling club, to encourage new curlers to try curling and come out, as well as people who haven’t curled in a while, to come out and use this event to knock a little of the rust off as they say for the upcoming Bonspiel season,” said Michael Cote, member of the Prince Rupert Curling Club.
Participants who had never curled before got a free lesson in curling by Danny Dawson, a certified club coach and member of the club. Dawson went through different curling techniques to help novice curlers feel more comfortable on the ice.
“I’ll go through what I call a two rock slide to get people to learn the balance and the length of the slide. Then I go into a one rock, one broom slide and finally we will start releasing the rock a little further down the ice and just get people a little more comfortable with the ice,” Dawson said.
Apart from the health benefits of curling, it is also a very social sport, said Dawson, adding that curling is also great for seniors looking to have some fun. If there are people uncomfortable with the idea of sliding, they can always learn how to use the stick and deliver without learning how to balance.
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