Chance to try curling
Kiwis keen on curling will have a chance to find out more about the game from an Olympic medallist next month.
New Zealand Curling will host Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard at clinics in Auckland, Dunedin and Central Otago during early March as a part of the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Celebration Tour.
Bernard and her team won Olympic silver in Vancouver four years ago.
The sport can be compared to bowls on ice and involves players sliding stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four rings.
New Zealand Curling Association chairman Sam Inder says the Canadian’s visit will benefit current curlers and newcomers.
New Zealand curlers including members of the 2006 Olympic side will be at the venues to help out.
‘‘This is a wonderful opportunity for Kiwis to give curling a try and for those who already play the sport to rub shoulders and pick up tips from one of the best.’’
Interested people are invited to attend sessions on March 2 or March 9 at Paradice Ice Rink in Avondale. No curling experience is required.