Curling has been a part of my life always,
there was never a decision to like curling, it has always been a part of my life. This post today includes some links, including the Scotties, the Briar, Curling Day in Canada and I invite the reader to learn about curling in Canada.
There are over 1500 curling clubs in Canada, and over a million curlers, 800,000 active annually and curling in families is a multi-generational phenomena.
In my mind, as much as Canadians do love and play hockey – Curling is more Canadian than hockey.
Canada has 35% of the world’s hockey players but 90% of the world’s curlers!
As a youngster, my parents and grandparents were curlers and I have curled with them. Longer than I have been taking breaths, my Dad has been sliding down the ice to throw his rocks, and call out “Sweep!”
As a teenager, I played second on our family team, my brother Jim was lead, my Mom was third and my Dad was skip. Sundays we travelled the length of Vancouver to different curling clubs to play in different leagues. I learned to drive on Sundays driving to curling when I had my learners license. 🙂
My son-in-law Tyler, my daughter Mandy are active curlers and Tyler has had his picture taken with curling celebrities multiple times and I shared in his excitement.
This last week has been taken up with the “Scotties” – every day for hours, my son David, my patient wife Susan, and I have been cheering on our favorite women teams as they have congregated in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan this year to compete and decide who can be Team Canada until 2021.
Soon it will be the “Briar” in Kingston, Ontario and more couch time as I watch the men’s champions from across Canada compete to be Team Canada.
Then there will be the world championships and so on to watch. The world comes to Canada for coaches and competitions because in Canada we know curling. 90% of the world’s curlers are in Canada. Now that curling is an Olympic sport, some countries station teams in Canada for full-time training as some countries has no clubs. In order to get better, you need to practice and play and in Canada these teams find coaches, ice, clubs and bonspiels!
Hockey is huge here also, but curling has a special place in Canadian hearts. If you take the time to read the stories in the link provided HERE, you may have a sense of how curling is part of the Canada’s culture. Canada’s new immigrants often share that playing curling made them feel Canadian at heart when they began.
“Imagine if everyone respected their teammates and opponents in life, shook hands after every confrontation and bought each other a drink. Imagine if we all stood still while others were concentrating on their life’s work, offering encouragement, not distraction. Imagine if we celebrated our opponents’, as well as our own accomplishments. No, it’s not a perfect world, but it could be. And it is – on a sheet of curling ice!”
….. Jean Mills
I love curling, I have enjoyed playing, and with pride I see my son and daughter enjoy the game, the culture also. Perhaps I will resume playing now that my health is better, but regardless I will always support and love the game.
It’s more than a game, there is etiquette, a respect between teams, the social aspect on and off the ice. There are terms and language in curling – learn here.
Curling is for men, women, juniors, seniors, and even people in wheelchairs can curl in Canada! I have met a gold medal wheelchair champion who lives in the Okanagan valley.
Please help me celebrate Curling Day in Canada today,
** I am also celebrating curling internationally because now it is an international men’s and women’s sport. The competition internationally is intense now, competitive curlers come from Norway, Sweden, Korea, Italy, Switzerland, China, United States and so on! While Canada continues to be a constant in international playoffs, the podium now is shared with teams from around the globe!
I loved reading some of the individual stories including this one. click on link here
If you take the time, the curling bug might infect you too ! – thanks for reading 🙂 Dave
Some international curling shots in the video below!
Link here to lessons for new curlers 🙂