Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club’s youth leagues par­tic­i­pate in de­vel­op­ment camp

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - Karen Sotvedt Throw­ing rocks Karen Sotvedt is a mem­ber of the Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club.

“Oh, no! Are you kid­ding?”

That seemed to be the gen­eral re­sponse at Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club’s Chase the Ace on Nov. 2. The deck was down to four cards; the night’s win­ner got more than $1,100, but still the Ace stayed hid­den.

Come and see the fun on Nov. 9, with only three cards left and more than $11,000 for the to­tal that night.

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The busy week­end con­tin­ued with the 19 mem­bers of MCC’s youth leagues par­tic­i­pat­ing in a de­vel­op­ment camp un­der the guid­ance of the play­ers and coaches of Team Young, a com­pet­i­tive ju­nior curl­ing team from Hal­i­fax who will be rep­re­sent­ing Nova Sco­tia in the 2019 Canada Win­ter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Par­tic­i­pants did plenty of drilling to prac­tice curl­ing skills, but there was fun as well. They held a hot- shot com­pe­ti­tion with win­ners on each sheet get­ting a prize, and there were non-curl­ing games too, learn­ing aware­ness and safety on the ice. One of th­ese in­volved slid­ing down the ice and stack­ing plas­tic cups as they went - sort of like pat­ting your head and rub­bing your stom­ach at the same time – learn­ing to do two very dis­sim­i­lar things si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Ev­ery­one en­joyed lunch to­gether, served by co-or­di­na­tor Dawn Spi­dle and her vol­un­teers and the event ended with all curlers, in­clud­ing Team Young, play­ing a four-end game to put into prac­tice some of the skills they had been work­ing on dur­ing the day.

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Now that the club has a full week of league play com­pleted, it is as if it never stopped. Golfers have not had the best weather re­cently so ev­ery­one is grate­ful to re­sume curl­ing, which is like be­ing out­doors – it cer­tainly feels like it – but with­out the wind, rain, and wind­chill. It is the per­fect sport for those look­ing for a win­ter pas­time that will not in­volve too much equip­ment – or too much weather. Learn to Curl has started but it’s pos­si­ble to en­ter this pro­gram, run by Spi­dle, at any time.

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There are sev­eral leagues suited to novice curlers and Fun­spiels ev­ery six weeks or so that ac­cept ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing fam­ily and friends. The next fun­spiel is on the day of the Christ­mas Fete, Dec. 8. Par­tic­i­pants get two six­end games, with a lunch in­cluded and there are prizes for ev­ery­one.

In­for­ma­tion on ev­ery­thing men­tioned above - the ace, the Learn to Curl, and the Fun­spiel - is avail­able on the club’s web­site at www.mid­dle­ton­curling­club.com

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