Chance to try curl­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

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.

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