The popular 100 Mile Curling Club Junior Curling program for youth aged seven to 19 years starts on Oct. 23, but before that date, people will have a chance to give it a try without the commitment.
On Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m., there will be a free trial day with basic instruction for young people new to the sport so they can see if they like it. The free session will also give experienced young curlers a chance to “come and work out the kinks,” says program co-ordinator Maxine Todhunter.
“We provide all the equipment needed except the footwear. We ask that each person bring a clean pair of shoes.”
Equipment will also be provided throughout the season and curlers will be expected to leave their curling shoes at the rink.
The cost for the season is $50 and it includes curling from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday, monthly prize draws, a Christmas party where everyone receives a T-shirt and prize, and an end-of-season party with trophies, certificates and prizes.
For those who need individual coaching or wish to pursue a more competitive aspect of the game, there are extra practices held Mondays at 3:30 p.m.
“We strive to make sure the kids have fun, while teaching them the right way to curl, along with all the rules of etiquette and good sportsmanship that goes with the game.”
Curling registration for the junior program can be done on Oct. 5 between 4:30 and 7 p.m. at the curling rink and on Oct. 16 at the free day. The regular season begins on Oct. 23 and goes until the week before public school spring break.
In January, the club will host the zone playdowns for the juvenile age group, 11-16 years of age. It’s expected that two local boys’ teams and one local girls’ team will be entered to compete for a berth at provincials in March.
For more information about the junior curling program, contact Todhunter at 250-395-2416 or Hollis Ney at 250-395-2884.