Olympians take to coaching at Prague Adult Camp

  • Oliver Dupont will take to coaching at this year's WCF Adult Curling Camp ©WCF / Richard Gray

There’s no age limit when it comes to honing your curling skills. Even the games’ top players, who appear to have textbook perfect technique on the ice are continuously searching for new ways to take their abilities to the next level.

A handful of accomplished curlers, two who are fresh from competing at the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea, know there’s always room to improve. That’s why Russia’s Victoria Moiseeva, Denmark’s Oliver Dupont and 2014 Olympic silver medallist Greg Drummond of Great Britain are ready to set their flip-flops aside and share their expertise at this year’s World Curling Federation Adult Curling Camp, which runs from 26 to 30 August in Prague, Czech Republic.

After playing in her first Olympics and shortly after winning the bronze medal at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018, in North Bay, Canada Moiseeva has gained more experience in one season, than most can hope for.

“I feel like I have a lot of things I have learned and tried through all of these years in professional sport. It’s something I would like to share with other curlers. It is an honour for me to be the part of the camp,” she said.

For Dupont, her newlywed husband, he says he’s looking forward to being surrounded by open-minded curlers and is ready to share his experiences.

This is the 12th year for the camp, which offers the chance for curlers to brush up on new knowledge while meeting players from around the world. For many campers, it’s often the start to lifelong friendships and connections in the curling community.

“Meeting fellow curlers at the same level as yourself, that is quite interesting, but it can also be a step towards new friendships from all over the world,” said Dupont.

The three coaches have already experienced many highs and lows from curling and feel the time is right to take a break from playing the game.

“Curling has been a huge part of my life for the past 20 years and I have been lucky enough experience some amazing heights. Retirement to me doesn’t mean leaving the sport all together,” said Drummond. “I see myself as being in a privileged position with some unique skills that can be used to develop and grow the game and the WCF camp is the perfect platform for me to begin this quest.”

Both Moiseeva and Dupont share the same passion for growing and developing the game for future curlers as well.

“The sport has great potential, no doubt about that, we see that now. But, it's depending on continuous growth and that comes from the curlers from all over the world,” explained Dupont. “So, helping develop curlers and bringing new aspects to their understanding of the game, that can be a step in the right direction for creating more competitive curlers worldwide.”

It’s evident that curling continues to develop and grow as a sport in ways that most couldn’t predict. The foundation of the game remains the same, but the methods to be a successful curler aren’t as simple as just throwing stones.

Whether it’s tweaking deliveries, testing sweeping techniques, practicing different strategies, or understanding mental toughness, learning from first-hand experience is something Drummond believes shouldn’t be passed up.

“Being able to tap into the minds of any sports leading personalities is a really unique experience and curling’s top athletes are great at sharing their expertise with recreational and amateur level players,” he said.

As a previous camper at the World Curling Federation’s Junior Curling Camp, held in Fuessen, Germany, Moiseeva understands the value a development camp can have on a curlers career.

“No matter how experienced you are, how old you are, where you come from or what your goal is, every curler should participate in the camps like this, because once you’ve tried it, you would will want to come back,” Moiseeva said.

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