Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Kids, curling and camping July 7-10
By Ellie Lambert, Curl BC
Kids from all over BC had a blast at Curling Camp last year. Andrew Klaver photo.
elowna is set to go curling crazy this summer as hundreds of kids take part in a summer camp that includes coaching from Scotties champion Rachel Homan.
Rockslide Curling Camp, which takes place at Kelowna Curling Club from July 7-10, is celebrating its fifth birthday this year by staging the most fun-filled camp yet.
The four-day event allows kids aged 8-20 to try the sport, receive expert coaching and take part in team-building fun.
The camp offers young curlers the opportunity to learn from world-class staff including Scotties and Brier competitors, and coaches who have worked with Provincial, National, Olympic and World champions.
Two-time Scotties champion, Rachel Homan is joining the team this summer. The 2014 World silver medallist will be coaching kids at the camp, taking part in an ‘Ask the Athlete’ panel and assisting with physical training sessions.
As well as curling coaching, campers have the chance to take part in outdoor activities like obstacles courses and team games.
Kylie Karoway, aged 15, attended the camp last year. Speaking about her experience, she said: “My favourite thing that we did during the camp was a mini-sports day, it was so much fun and a great way to get to know new people.
“The atmosphere at the camp was great. It was just like hanging out with friends. I can’t wait to go back”, she added.
Attendees will also have the chance to put everything they have learnt into practice during the post-camp bonspiel which takes place from July 10-12.
Many of the Rockslide alumni have gone on to represent BC at national level but, the camp is aimed at kids of all abilities and includes beginners’ coaching for people who have never tried the sport before.
Rockslide Summer Camp is organized by Curl BC, the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia.
For further information on the camp, including details on how to register, visit www.curlbc.ca/development/rockslide.
If you are an adult and are interested in curling this summer, Kelowna Curling Club is also hosting a spiel and two adult camps in July. Visit www.kelownacurling.com/spiels/ to find out more.
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