Jones, Noble headline summer curling camp

Jennifer Jones instructs one of the adults in the Four Foot Curling Camp in the finer points of throwing the rock.  - Steven Heywood photo
Jennifer Jones instructs one of the adults in the Four Foot Curling Camp in the finer points of throwing the rock.
— image credit: Steven Heywood photo

As one of the only places around with summer ice, the Parksville Curling Club played host to the annual Four Foot Curling Camp for adults and youth this week — featuring some big names in the sport.

In addition to world-class curler Cheryl Noble, a regular in these parts, was Jennifer Jones, the 2010 world bronze medalist and 2010 Scotties tournament champion. Jones led the list of an impressive collection of instructors gathered by camp founder Elaine Dagg-Jackson.

Dagg-Jackson says the camp in unique west of Ontario and thanks to her national team coaching experience and connections with some of the biggest names in curling, the camp draws people from across North America.

“The Parksville club has been so wonderful to us,” she said this week. “It’s wonderful.”

Some 60 adults attended this year’s camp, which ended on Wednesday. The youth segment began Thursday and wraps up Sunday. Each participant is given expert instruction, video of their technique and offered a variety of camp activities.

But the draw, if you’ll pardon the pun, is the expert instructors.

“I have always had so much fun curling,” said Jones during a break in the action. “I have always given back to the sport and I know Elaine well, so I agreed to be part of this camp.”

She said she does a few camps each year across the country, sharing her experience and helping impart a feeling of joy in the sport — a feeling that can lead to curling becoming a life-long activity for people.

Jones, from Winnipeg, said curling is both physical and mental and while challenging, the most important thing is to enjoy it each time you are on the ice.

“You’ve got to enjoy what you’re doing,” she said. “That’s the key.”

Jones flies back home on Friday, where she continues training for her provincial championships in January, 2012, followed by the Canadians in February and then possibly the worlds in March and April.

The camp continues over the weekend for curlers age 10 to 18. Dagg-Jackson said it also has 60 participants of various experience and skill level.

“I hope people will learn more about doing something they love better,” she said.



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