Instructor Al Smith (right) watches Paul Mattu’s first attempt at throwing the rock during an open house at the Peace Arch Curling Centre Sunday.

Instructor Al Smith (right) watches Paul Mattu’s first attempt at throwing the rock during an open house at the Peace Arch Curling Centre Sunday.

Curling clinics to begin in fall

Program aimed at beginners

Learn to sweep, slide and peel at the Peace Arch Curling Centre.

The centre will be running two learn-to-curl programs this month and for four consecutive Sundays, beginning in November.

Novices will learn the game’s rules, etiquette, the art of sweeping and rock delivery.

“Rock delivery puts your body into positions you don’t normally get in,” club manager Richard Brower said.

“Balancing while delivering a curling rock is harder than it may first appear.”

Brower said most people would be surprised to find curling is more physically and mentally challenging than they might initially expect.

Sliding on ice, sweeping a broom and delivering on potential game strategy are a just some of the sport’s challenges. Once started though, people curl for most of their lives Brower said.

“Curling is a a social game. I’m still curling with people I’ve been curling with since the 1980s.”

The learn-to-curl program will be open to participants age 10 and older and serves as a way for players to more easily join the clubs’ curling leagues.

“The Novice League is brand new,” Brower said. The instruction-intensive Novice League is a transition to the club’s more challenging regular leagues.

People wanting to join the learn-to-curl program are encouraged to bring gloves or mittens, clean, rubber-soled shoes, and dress in layers for the ice-rink. Wear loose fitting pants as well. Equipment will be provided.

The learn-to-curl programs will be at Peace Arch Curling Centre in Centennial Park at 1475 Anderson St., on Sept. 17-18, 1-5 p.m. each day and for four consecutive Sundays 1-3 p.m. begining Nov. 13. Cost is $67, including HST.

For information or to register, contact Richard Brower at pacc@shaw.ca or 604-531-0244.