“A dream to give back to the sport”, Daniela Jentsch at the 11th Prague Adult Camp

  • Daniela Jentsch at the CPT World Women's Curling Championship 2017 Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

This week in the Czech Republic the World Curling Federation has hosted the last camp of its summer development programme.

The 11th Prague Adult Camp, took place in the Czech Republic’s capital city and was full with 64 campers from 19 of the World Curling Federation’s Member Associations participating.

A mixture of on-ice and classroom based activities were delivered during the five-day camp by a highly skilled team of coaches, that included Canada’s Earle Morris who has previously coached Jennifer Jones’ and Rachel Homan’s rinks; Germany’s two-time world silver medallist Uli Kapp and Germany’s current women’s skip Daniela Jentsch.

For Jentsch – who is preparing for the Olympic Qualification Event in December, in Pilsen, Czech Republic, where two more Member Associations will qualify for the Olympic Winter Games 2018 women’s curling tournament – being afforded the opportunity to give back to the sport and coach at the Prague Adult Camp was a dream come true.

During the week, Daniela caught up with worldcurling.org saying: “I was happy to be given the opportunity to share my experience. I’m still a full-time athlete, playing competitively, so it’s a nice change in my schedule where I can work with a great mix of curlers.

“It’s been going great so far. The campers are very coachable and trust me with what my plan is for them. 

“The ice conditions in Prague are fantastic. It’s still early in the season so it’s the perfect time for the participants to make changes [to their game]. 

“For me as an athlete it has always been a dream to give back to the sport. I’ve been very fortunate to have received a lot of great coaching, from people putting their time and passion into our sport. I always appreciated that and never took it for granted and that’s why I think it is my responsibility to do the same. 

“I started as a camper, worked as an assistant next to the best instructors in the world and was always able to learn and improve my game. We are given such a unique opportunity to share knowledge and grow our sport.”

The Prague Adult Camp runs annually in August and is for curlers over the age of 21 who have played curling for at least a year and who want to improve their skills.

The World Curling Federation facilitates the growth and development of curling worldwide. It works closely with and mentors established, new and prospective Member Associations and employs a team of Competitions and Development Officers (CDOs) to run quality programmes, camps, courses and produce resources to aid the growth of the sport.

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For more information about future World Curling Federation camps and courses visit, www.wcf-camps-courses.com

Daniela Jentsch is a German curler who has represented her country at four World Women’s Curling Championships, three World Junior Curling Championships and four European Curling Championships.