Tuesday, January 06, 2009

World Curling Federation summer camps and courses

The Fed – the World Curling Federation – has announced its lineup of 2009 summer curling camps and courses, and online registration is now underway.

Click here to see the essential info on each of the five symposiums which are on tap, and to register online.

And move fast, because these weeks and weekends fill up pretty quickly.

There is serious curling tech stuff – the Ice Technicians Course, an Umpire Course/Rules Seminar, plus a Level 1 Technical Instructor Course.

And then there is the wildly popular stuff for kids of all ages.

The Füssen Junior Curling Camp is now in its 11th year, and some 120 kids from around the world will gather in Germany along with 18 instructors for a week of curling mayhem.

The photo above shows the “Green” team at the Füssen Junior Camp in 2006. Yippee!

And don’t get us started on the Adult Curling Camp, which will host its third edition in gorgeous Prague, in the Czech Republic. And you thought only the kids can have fun?

64 participants mix with hardcore curling coaches and real-life curling superstars, and the result is, along with all the camps and courses, a serious upward bell curve in curling skills, comprehension and motivation for the 2010 Olympic season. At any and all levels of play, of course.

Plus great food and wine. But we’re just guessing about that.

There’s a pile of Canadians involved in these seminars, of course. From ice maestro Hans Wuthrich (the Ice Tech course) to coaching wizards Dick Henderson, Scott Arnold and Brian Chick – to competitive throwers like former Sherry Middaugh second Kate Hamer – there’s a little bit of Canuckism in every event category.

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