Spanish curler enhancing curling knowledge at Füssen courses

  • Irantzu Garcia at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Spanish mixed doubles athlete Irantzu Garcia has been in Füssen, Germany this past week taking part in some of the curling courses that are held there by the World Curling Federation each year.

Garcia, attended the umpire basic and advanced instruction courses, which are part of a series of courses, about ice making, umpiring and coaching, run each year during the first week of July.

Taking these courses was about developing her own curling knowledge and skills and taking that understanding back to Spain to help grow the sport in her country.

She said: “I enjoyed my time in Füssen a lot! I have never taken any of the courses before and it was an outstanding experience. 

“This was my third time in Füssen - once as a camper and the other two as an assistant for the junior camp

“I really enjoy spending the week there. You get to know a lot of people from many countries. 

“I took the umpire course and the advanced instructor one. I've had some opportunities to get started in umpiring and would love to do a few events in the future. I took the advanced instructor course because I want to be able to introduce curling to more people back in Spain

“Spain is a small curling community and we definitely need more umpires and coaches to make it grow.”

As a current international curler, Garcia believes the Füssen courses are not just for officials, technicians and administrators, they are also great for athletes to hone their knowledge of the game.

She continued: “It's interesting and fun at the same time and even if you are mostly an athlete as I am, it also helps you understand our sport from different sides. It's basic to know all the rules to be a great player.”

Right now, the 19th WCF / DCV Hummelt Junior Curling Camp is taking place in Füssen, with Garcia as an assistant leader.

2018 will already be a special year for curling with the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, but also as the World Curling Federation marks 20 years of its junior camp.

For more information about WCF camps and courses and to register for future events visit, www.wcf-camps-courses.com

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Participants on the umpire course in Füssen, Photo: © Eeva Roethlisberger

Irantzu Garcia is a Spanish curler who has represented her country at World Mixed Doubles, World Mixed and European Curling Championships. Most recently on the international stage she has curled at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 with her brother Gontzal Garcia. Irantzu won bronze at the World Mixed Doubles at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014, with her cousin Sergio Vez.