Enjoy some summer fun at curling camp

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Ellie Lambert

Photo Credit CCA/Andrew Klaver

(ISN) – Vancouver, BC  – Kelowna 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.

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Rachel Homan (Photo Credit  CCA/Andrew Klaver)

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.

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Rachel Homan (Photo Credit  CCA/Andrew Klaver)

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.

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(Photo Credit  CCA/Andrew Klaver)

For further information on the camp, including details on how to register, visithttp://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 http://www.kelownacurling.com/spiels/ to find out more.

Kylie Karoway’s top 5 reasons to go to Rockslide

1. You get to meet lots of new people. There are campers from all over BC so you make friends who you would never normally have met.

2. You can work with lots of different coaches. Because there are so many coaches, there’s a variety of coaching techniques and ways of teaching which makes a nice change and you learn new things.

3. It is great for team bonding. If you’re part of a team, it’s really fun to go together and get to know them better and find out how to work well together.

4. Your curling improves. During the camp you do so many different activities that help your game and you learn new tactics and techniques which are really useful. It’s also a great introduction to the sport if you haven’t done it before as it’s like a tester trial. My cousin, who had never curled before, went to the camp last year and enjoyed it and he then curled for all of the last season.

5. It will make you realise how awesome curling is. Going to Rockslide reinspired me and I rediscovered a new love of curling.

 

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