Building local curling

A whole new generation is being trained in the fine sport

Curling guru Cheryl Noble signals one of her students.

These are busy times for the Parksville Curling Club as its members tend to the task of playing host to the biggest men’s event in B.C. come February, but along with the build-up to the big ‘spiel, there’s also the ongoing push for new players.

Oceanside Middle School PE teacher Kevin McKee has been doing his bit to help the cause. On Tuesday afternoon 20 of his students were on the ice for the second of two curling classes as part of his Active Living Exploratory Course.

The students “came here last week and spent an hour learning the fundamentals, and today they got to do game-play,” said McKee, one of this area’s most prolific purveyors of physical fitness.

“There’s been 10 volunteers out both days to help — they’re awesome — working with the kids, talking to them and playing together … just great instruction. It’s amazing,” he said, “the kids are playing like they’ve been playing a long time, and they’re having a blast.”


“The club’s membership is aging,” pointed out longtime local curler and colourful club booster Ken ‘Doc’ Meuckon.

“We’d like to see a lot more of this. This is fantastic,” he said from behind the glass, looking out onto the ice and watching the veteran curlers interacting with the students.

“It’s all about the kids today,” decorated (as in two-time senior ladies world champion) PCC curler Cheryl Noble said through a grin as she slid past us on her way to the other end of the rink with a group of four following close behind.

Noble has retired from competitive curling but still enjoys the game, and by all accounts has embraced the role of mentor.

“These kids are so enthusiastic out there — it’s great to see,” PCC member Clare Cooney, 68, surmised enthusiastically when it was over, adding, “I just think it’s great to see young blood come along — we need it, and it’s one of those sports where if you try it, you’ll like it.

“It’s just a heck-of-a-game,” he said, “and the good thing about it is you can do it all your life.”

One of the students that really benefitted from Cooney’s coaching was enthusiastic rookie Taylor Forbes, 13, who, near the end of the session, delivered a fantastic take-out, thank-you very much.

“I think it’s great,” the upbeat Grade 8’er said of the curling class, adding the volunteer coaches “really helped us a lot. It’s a great time; lots of fun,” he said, and made the point “if they start up a kids league I’m definitely going to join.”


Just Posted

Nanoose Bay carver goes all-in on projects

Bellis creates eight-foot totem as Christmas gift for wife

Oceanside RCMP auxiliary officer earns top honour for volunteer work

Dally presented special award by Island Commander

‘A really kind person’: Parksville’s Nick Major remembered by instructor

Outpouring of support in the days following death of young man

Qualicum Beach council talks East Village plans, traffic calming

Ideas floated for village as a pedestrian-friendly area attracting tech, digital arts industry

Island residents team up on beach cleanups, call for government regulation

‘It’s way beyond what we can deal with’: Lasqueti, Texada, Denman islanders

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Police ask for help locating missing men last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

Islanders have new cancer screening option with $6.5 M diagnostic suite in Victoria

The Gordon Heys Family PET/CT Suite was unveiled at the BC Cancer Centre-Victoria

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted of murdering Vancouver Island couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

B.C. Ferries crew member’s medical emergency causes cancellations on Nanaimo route

One sailing from West Vancouver and one sailing from Nanaimo cancelled Monday

Most Read