The World Curling Federation (WCF) Olympic Celebration Tour - Road to the Olympics, is a series of instructional tours with curling Olympians intended to attract interest and promote curling within WCF Member Associations.
The first year of the Tour will begin in September 2013 and will continue to be conducted throughout next season (2013/14) until the end of April in 2014. The second year of the tour will then run until April 2015.
As part of the Tour, one Olympic athlete and at least one qualified WCF Instructor will visit a Member Association to give curlers the opportunity to develop their skills whilst also get up close and personal with some of the top athletes in the sport.
The WCF's goal is to see over 100 curlers, new and experienced, attend each Tour stop (see Tour Locations for more info).
The Olympic Celebration Tour is part of the World Curling Federation's ongoing Development Programme designed to capitalise on the increased interest in the sport of curling both prior to, during and after the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
WCF staff have identified a number of locations (MAs) to host a Tour stop in the first year of the programme. The WCF will be in contact with those MAs shortly to determine their interest and the availability of facilities.
USA, Fall 2013:
The first two tour stops for this edition of the OCT take place in October, San Francisco Bay Area Curling from 25-27 October and the Detroit Curling Club 8-10 November.
2010 Silver Medallist Carolyn McRorie will be attending the San Francisco OCT, while 2006 Gold Medallist Jamie Korab will be attending the Detroit Curling Club OCT.
More Tour dates and locations will appear here once confirmed.
If you are not selected to host a Tour stop in the first year of the programme but would like to get involved in year two, please contact the WCF to note your interest via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour Programme and Timetable
One Olympic athlete and at least one qualified WCF Instructor (recommended by the WCF Competitions & Development Staff) will visit the Member Association on a weekend to conduct a series of three introductory clinics.
These clinics, along with a 'Meet & Greet' and closing Funspiel, will allow new and experienced curlers the chance to meet our curling celebrities and be introduced to the game of curling.
Friday pm: Clinic #1 - Adults
Saturday am: Clinic #2 - Junior Curlers
Saturday pm: Clinic #3 - All curlers
Saturday pm: Meet the Olympian - Social Evening
Sunday am: Curling refresher for all, Hot Shots Competition and closing Funspiel
The clinics will be set up to allow all levels and ages of curlers to participate, with special emphasis on Saturday morning for junior curlers.
During the clinics and more so during the 'Meet and Greet', the Olympian will have a chance to speak with the participants about how sport has changed his or her life and how being an Olympian is voluntary - you have to make the choices, you have to have the discipline, you have to make the right decisions.
If you have any questions about the Olympic Celebration Tour, please contact Darrell Ell, WCF Competitions and Development Officer via email@example.com
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