Member Association Spotlight: September 2017

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This page is here to celebrate the great development work going on, all around the world, by our 60 Member Associations.

Thanks to all those who submitted articles for the September 2017 newsletter.

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From Stephane Vandermeeren, Belgium Curling Association

On Saturday 23 September the first dedicated curling facility in Belgium was officially opened. The facility is in Zemst, which lies north of the capital, Brussels.

The facility was opened by World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness.


From Olga Jarkova, Russian Curling Federation

The first international curling tournament beyond the arctic circle was organised in Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk region. The event was a part of the Curling Champions Tour and had a very strong line-up, including Jennifer Jones from Canada, Margaretha Sigfridsson from Sweden, Alina Paetz from Switzerland, Nina Roth from United States, Oona Kauste from Finland and two Russian teams – Anna Sidorova and Victoria Moiseeva.

The local team from Krasnoyarsk had also been given the privilege to play against the best teams in the world, which gave them a ton of experience. Despite the fact that most of the teams represent northern countries they were all surprised by the snow in May, the polar day and numerous local rituals.

Colourful ceremonies with fire shows, lights, music and fireworks attracted lots of spectators and media. Everybody could try curling on the specially organised curling sheet.

The most important effect produced by the event is the curling became popular in Dudinka and nearby Norilsk. The number of people wishing to curl has been significantly increased.


From Al Cameron, Curling Canada

Curling Canada is moving closer to endorsing helmet use in that country’s curling centres.

During Curling Canada’s annual meetings in June in Cornwall, Ontario, representatives of Curling Canada’s 14 Member Associations approved a motion that endorses the immediate release of a Curling Canada statement to encourage Canadian curling clubs and facilities to acknowledge a concern about head injuries and concussions. The statement urges clubs and facilities to implement helmet-use initiatives in beginner and novice curling programmes and that helmets are strongly suggested for all in the under-12 age category.

“I believe this is an important move that puts our sport in a leadership position in terms of making sure our young and beginning curlers are playing the sport with safety in mind,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “It won’t be an overnight move, but I think this pushes the conversation forward and makes sure that we’re making those safety concerns a priority.”


From Anna Fowler, English Curling Association

The construction of the much anticipated ‘Flower Bowl’ has begun near Preston, Lancashire. The facility, which is expected to open by summer 2018, will incorporate three cinema screens, an 18 hole crazy golf course, four sheets of curling ice, eight lanes of ten pin bowling, two golf simulators, two restaurants, a coffee bar, a main bar and a shop.

The curling rink will be operational all year round and is set to be the UKs first curling rink to be frozen by a CO2 chiller. The four sheets of ice will be used by club curlers, social curlers and school groups, with the potential to become a centre of excellence for English Curling.

In addition to its diverse leisure offering, the building will also have a grass roof that will eventually be home to grazing sheep.

This incredible facility is much anticipated by the curling community in England and will, no doubt, accelerate the development of curling in England and the UK.

United States

From Terry Davis, USA Curling

Production wrapped on 26 August for the fourth season of Curling Night in America, which featured teams from China, Japan, Scotland, and the United States. This made-for-TV production is a partnership between USA Curling, the World Curling Federation, the U.S. Olympic Committee and NBC Sports. The series will begin airing on NBCSN on Tuesday 10 October.

From Anne Cribbs, local organising committee World Men’s Curling Championship 2018

You are invited to volunteer via the online application process for the World Men’s Curling Championship 2018.

The World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 will bring together the best in curling from competitors, to spectators, to volunteers – becoming a community with one goal in mind – a great curling event.

For more information visit,


From Shari Leibbrandt-Demmon

The 2017 World Curling Federation Sweetlake Junior Team Camp welcomed six teams from six countries – Poland, France, England, Slovenia, Germany and Netherlands – to experience an intensive week of team building and skill development.

In the classroom, the teams participated in sessions on team dynamics, strategy, goal setting, nutrition, team planning and preparing for competitions. There were also fitness classes and gym sessions. On the ice, the athletes developed their technical and shot making skills with drills and instruction.

We speak to those involved to see how much they enjoyed the camp:

“I found this camp to be extra special because it allowed each team's coach to participate and learn alongside the athletes.  It was a pleasure to watch coaches really take on a significant role with their teams and contribute in a very meaningful way. One of the best things about being a coach is engaging with the athletes and contributing to the journey that each person is embarking on in their curling careers. Sweetlake Junior Team Curling Camp allowed all instructors, assistants, athletes, and team coaches the opportunity to join in and be a part of each other's amazing journey in this wonderful game."

Jeff Hoffart, instructor (Canada)

"The camp in Sweetlake is a great idea for the team. Apart from a great training plan, you can develop here as a team which is rather rare. There is also a place for the team coach and the ability to develop practical skills in training team and solving current problems. All in an awesome atmosphere of interest, friendliness and openness to new solutions."

Aggie, team coach (Poland)

“Sweetlake is more than only being on the ice and working on technique, it has been the beginning of a fantastic journey for all the teams, who have ever participated.

Teamwork and working with coaches are some of the most important factors for a successful team and this camp is especially focusing on these and many other off-ice topics, which have crucial relevance.”

Vera Kalocsai, camp assistant (Hungary)

“Sweetlake camp 2017 gave me and my team such a great possibility to improve our team work, but also we could learn things which each of us needed - release, sweeping, balance and so on.”

Daria Chmarra (Team Poland)

“Sweetlake summer camp was a great experience again. It was my second time now with a new coach. The team camp format was a great way for the team and coach to get to know each other and find how we can work together in the best way. The instructors and assistants were great and helped us get better on and off the ice, personally and as a team. I think I can speak for the entire team when I say we had a blast and learned a lot.”

Olaf Bolkenbaas (Team Netherlands)

New Zealand

From Lorne DePape, New Zealand Curling Association

On Wednesday 21 June – a day in the sporting world, now known as Olympic Day, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Auckland Curling Club held a curling event introducing 80 children to the sport.

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