Fix­ing bad habits

Bluenose Curl­ing Club clinic aims to help ex­pe­ri­enced curlers per­fect their game

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS - BY LAURA CHURCHILL DUKE

Do you have a lit­tle bit of curl­ing ex­pe­ri­ence un­der your belt and are now ready to start per­fect­ing your game? The Bluenose Curl­ing Club in New Glas­gow has just the clinic for you.

Anne Bland­ford, vol­un­teer curl­ing di­rec­tor for the Bluenose Curl­ing Club board of di­rec­tors, says at the start of the sea­son, the club al­ways of­fers an eight-week learn to curl ses­sion for new curlers. This helps new curlers be­come com­fort­able with the ice, learn the ba­sics of curl­ing and teaches them the rules of curl­ing. Usu­ally, these in­di­vid­u­als de­cide at this point they like the game and be­come mem­bers of the club, she says.

“The Novem­ber clinic is an op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als who have curl­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to do a bit of fine-tun­ing to their game and to get in­struc­tion on ar­eas that might be caus­ing them some chal­lenge,” says Bland­ford.

This is not a begin­ner’s course, she ad­vises. Top­ics to be cov­ered in this clinic in­clude set up and de­liv­ery, de­liv­ery anal­y­sis, sweep­ing, grips, turns and re­leases, line of de­liv­ery and prac­tice drills.

“Some of us who have curled for years have de­vel­oped some habits that neg­a­tively af­fect our game, and this is an op­por­tu­nity to work through this,” says Bland­ford.

Some­times, she said, curlers need to adapt their game. Curl­ing is a sport that has ad­justed it­self to the chang­ing phys­i­cal needs of those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing. There are curlers who may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some mo­bil­ity is­sues but want to con­tinue to curl, she said, and the sport has re­sponded. These in­di­vid­u­als can throw their rock with a stick and do not have crouch down in the hack at all, ex­plains Bland­ford. This al­lows adults to stay ac­tive and en­joy curl­ing into their 90s.

Work­shops fo­cus­ing on these tran­si­tions may hap­pen in the fu­ture, says Bland­ford.

The Turn­ing Point Curl­ing School adult in­ter­me­di­ate clinic will be held on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bluenose Curl­ing Club, 234 Park St., New Glas­gow at a cost of $60 plus tax. Bland­ford says if any­one from the other clubs in the area are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the clinic, they are more than wel­come. To reg­is­ter for the clinic, leave a voice­mail mes­sage at 902-755-2875.

“The Novem­ber clinic is an op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als who have curl­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to do a bit of fine-tun­ing to their game and to get in­struc­tion on ar­eas that might be caus­ing them some chal­lenge.” Anne Bland­ford, vol­un­teer curl­ing di­rec­tor, Bluenose Curl­ing Club board of di­rec­tors

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