Member Association Spotlight: May 2018

A vital part of our President's Newsletter, this page is here to celebrate the great development our 60 Member Associations are doing all over the world.

Thanks to all those who submitted articles for the May 2018 newsletter.

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China

from the International Paralympic Committee

The Chinese wheelchair curling team was voted the Allianz Best Team of the Month for March after winning the country’s first ever Paralympic Winter Games medal at PyeongChang 2018. The Beijing 2022 hosts made history after defeating Norway 6-5 in the final.

They received 56 per cent of the public votes. The Canadian open relay team was second with 25 per cent. The South Korean and United States’ Para ice hockey and Norwegian wheelchair curling teams were also shortlisted.

In lieu of the Allianz Athlete of the Month award for March, the honour was separated into three different categories – Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete and Best Team – based on results at PyeongChang 2018.

Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

New Zealand

from New Zealand Winter Games organising committee

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ has joined forces with the World Curling Tour to host the first Mixed Doubles Curling tournament of the 2018-2019 season.

The agreement means that the Winter Games NZ curling tournament will become the first Southern Hemisphere event to join the global tour, which incorporates some 170 championship curling events.

The Winter Games NZ curling tournament will take place at the Maniototo International Curling Rink in Naseby from 26-30 August. The World Curling Federation has worked closely with the organisers of the Winter Games NZ and in the past the curling tournament has been a testing ground for new rules, specifically in the mixed doubles discipline.

Photo: © Peter Meecham / WGNZ


from Lorne De Pape, New Zealand Curling Association

Olympic TV exposure has led to a total of 320 beginners participating in a series of ‘Have a Go at Curing’ events hosted by Auckland Curling Club in March, even though it was still summer in New Zealand.

Portugal

from Daniel Rafael, curling coach in Portugal

For the first time in Portugal a demonstration of curling has been held in Lisbon. ‘Projeto Curling Portugal’ supported by the World Curling Federation’s Development Assistance Programme and sponsored by Pizza Hut, was held between 4 and 8 May in the main concourse of the Colombo Shopping Center in Lisbon.

From 10am until midnight the Portuguese had the opportunity to discover the Olympic curling discipline. The promotional event took place on four Floor Curl mats as well as one synthetic track (Street Curling). The event was held under the supervision of the Portuguese Winter Sports Federation (FDI-Portugal).

Special time-slots were set aside for Paralympic curling demonstration as well as for school children. Famous Portuguese athletes such as Rosa Mota (athletics) and Joao Silva (triathlon) were on hand to learn the sport. An appearance was also made by the Portuguese Secretary of State for Sports and Youth as well as the presidents of the Portuguese Olympic and Paralympic Committees.

Three more promotional events are planned as a follow-up to Portugal's acceptance into the World Curling Federation as a provisional member, in September 2017. One will be in the south of Portugal, one in the city of Porto and one in Covilha, where FDI-Portugal’s headquarters are.

President's activity

Each President from the seven Olympic Winter Games International Federations received a PyeongChang 2018 torch from the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, in Bangkok, Thailand, in April.

Photo: © International Olympic Committee
Kate Caithness joined 22 junior curlers in Oestersund, Sweden at the end of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2018 to celebrate 50 years of the Bill Ross trophy. Håkan Sundström was the founder of the competition, which started in Oestersund, 50 years ago.
Kate Caithness gifts a mini curling stone to First Lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook

Russia

from Olga Zharkova, Russian Curling Federation

A new curling sheet was opened in April in Yakutia’s tourist complex, ‘The Kingdom of Permafrost’.

The idea came to the local curling federation and it was implemented by local ice sculptors. The ice sheet has been designed for amateurs to promote the sport of curling. ‘The Kingdom of Permafrost’ is an ice cave with several exhibition halls. The temperature there is kept at minus eight degrees all year round.

Galina Arsenkina, the 2016 women’s European champion and 2018 World Women’s bronze medallist took part in the opening of the the sheet, explaining the sport to those that attended.

United States

from United States Curling Association

Since the United States’ men’s curling team won Olympic gold in PyeongChang, South Korea, curling clubs across the country have been working hard to bring the sport to new curlers. Here’s what’s been going on:

  • Ardsley Curling Club in New York has seen 800 people attend open house events at the club. About 90 of those participants have gone on to sign up for additional classes.
  • 994 people attended Learn to Curl events at Bowling Green Curling Club in Ohio. These events were 75 per cent full during the Games, until the United States team reached the final and from that point on were a sell out.
  • 1,600 people have been introduced to curling at the Coyotes Curling Club in Arizona.
  • Denver Curling Club in Colorado had over 1000 people try curling at six open house events and, as a direct result four learn to curl and four six-week mini leagues sold out.
  • Throughout February, Evergreen Curling Club in Oregon provided two-hour curling lessons to more than 500 people.
  • Nutmeg Curling Club in Conneticut had more than 60 events that brought over 1,200 people into its club. Since then 120 new members have signed up for a beginner’s league.
  • Peachtree Curling Club in Georgia has taught over 1000 curlers thanks to Olympic publicity and the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Celebration Tour (pictured below, © Bob Hogan, Peachtree Curling Club). Also, junior clinics have been oversubscribed.

Wales

from Lisa Peters, Welsh Curling Association representative

To coincide with the Winter Olympics, the Welsh Curling Association ran 23 hours of try curling sessions on five Monday evenings throughout February and March at Deeside Ice Rink in north east Wales.

To promote the sessions, Welsh curlers were interviewed by BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh-language radio). Over 300 hundred people came along to the sessions and nearly 200 returned for improvers sessions.

On one Monday over 200 curlers attended in just five hours. As the only ice rink offering try curling sessions in Great Britain, outside of Scotland and south-east England, many of the curlers travelled over 70 miles to get to the rink.