With the 2018 Winter Olympics barely in the rearview mirror, and the glow from Team USA’s gold medal triumph still fresh, more than 40 residents from the Lakes Region and beyond descended on Wolfeboro’s Pop Whalen Ice Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for a learn-to-curl event.
The capacity crowd filled all four of the arena’s curling sheets as instructors from the Lakes Region Curling Association took collected participants into small groups and provided an overview of the sport’s history and rules of play. The prospective curlers then took turns trying stone delivery via the classic sliding throw as well as the use of delivery sticks.
There were also exercises intended to teach the purpose of and technique for sweeping, which helps control a stone’s distance and path.
With the basics under their belts, the new curlers then engaged in an hour-long scrimmage, putting to practice all the elements that they had learned. The scores weren’t high, but the fun level was, and a number of participants promised to be back when the LRCA kicks off its fourth year at the beginning of the Fall 2018 season.
Not that curling needs any explanation, but for those who might wonder what the benefits could be (apart from the fun), here’s an article from Forbes on the matter.
And while we’re checking out Forbes, how about this piece on why curling is just the Olympic sport for Everyman (and woman)!