ROCK THE HOUSE: Why not give curling a shot?
This is one of those shameless recruiting stories.
I will be upfront and tell you that I would really like you to join our curling club.
Therefore, keep reading at your own risk as you may feel compelled to become a curler.
First, I will offer the straightforward arguments.
You should try curling for the following reasons:
• Easy to learn — you can get the general hang of it in one practice session and stick curling is available if you have physical limitations, such as knee trouble.
• Great social game — The Kamloops Curling Club has an attractive lounge, lots of activities and great service.
• Modest fees and low-cost equipment — low-cost introductory clinics are also available and we now have a club pro if you prefer some inexpensive one-on-one time.
• Exercises your mind and body — combines physical exercise, strategy and the liberating sensation of gliding on ice.
On the off-chance I haven’t already won you over, let me put a personal spin on this by relaying the positive impact curling has had on our family.
I am a compulsive-personality type and, since I made the shift from hockey to curling in my late teens, I have aspired to become a top-level player.
In truth, I have been a journeyman type.
However, it would be difficult to overstate the important role the sport of curling has played in our family (and it really doesn’t have much to do with the competitive aspect).
My career in the oil industry took our family to nine cities and curling was the common thread that gave us an anchor in each new place.
We could always count on the curling fraternity as the start to a new social circle and, city after city, you couldn’t hope to meet better people.
Our children grew up around the curling rinks and learned a love of the game.
We have even been able to team up together on the ice.
Each of us has experienced some success in the game, but I don’t think the story would have played out much differently without the trophies.
Win or lose, the personal connections have been invaluable.
You may find different and new reasons to enjoy the game and I encourage you to give it a try.
It is one of the most accessible sports in Canada and it is open to all ages.
The Kamloops Curling Club boasts members from the ages of five to 101 (seriously!).
So, come down to the club and check it out.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first bonspiel in Kamloops, the Sportsman’s Bonspiel, was hosted at the new Kamloops Curling Club in 1950.
The bonspiel is one of the longest-running and largest annual bonspiels in British Columbia.
The next Sportsman’s Bonspiel will take place at the Kamloops Curling Club, Victoria Street and Seventh Avenue, from March 8 to March 11.