Reece Rogers keeps his eyes on the target as gets ready release the rock. (Michael Briones photo)

Reece Rogers keeps his eyes on the target as gets ready release the rock. (Michael Briones photo)

Kwalikum Secondary School students learn about sticks and stones

QB Curling Club keen to teach sport to youth

Kwalikum Secondary students are learning about sticks and stones at the Qualicum Beach Curling Club.

As part of the school’s physical education program, 24 students, many of whom are international students, went down to the rink recently to learn the fundamentals of curling.

Members of the club were on hand to teach the finer points of this popular winter game. They taught the eager students on how to properly launch the rock from the hack, sweep the ice, and how to score the game.

Fred Coppock, who organizes the program in partnership with Kwalikum, said that they’ve been doing this since September. He said club members have been keen to volunteer their time to help the students learn about the sport.

“The students appear to be happy with it and we’re happy to do it,” said Coppock.

The program start with off the ice-session session where the students learn what curling is all about, its rules, and other procedures.

Coppock said the program is a good way of giving youth a different perspective that curling is not only a sport for seniors. They want the students to learn that curling can be fun and challenging for all levels.

READ MORE: Parksville Curling Club to host U18 bonspiel

“A lot of older people curl but it’s a great sport and we want to have more youth involved in it,” said Coppock. “We have a junior curling program already and we’re hoping that some of this students may want to join in the future.”

Kwalikum Secondary teacher Ruth Stefanek said the international students in the program were all excited about curling. She too had the opportunity to learn the game.

The students were invited to joing the junior league that starts in January.

• Meanwhile, the club is getting ready for the Masters 55 bonspiel Jan. 3-5 that it will be co-hosting with the Parksville Curling Club. Around 40-teams are expected to take part in the first tournament of 2020.

• In other news, three junior members of the Parksville Curling Club will be competing at the 2020 BC Junior Curling Championships that will take place at the Victoria Curling Club, Dec. 28 to Jan. 2.

Ballenas Secondary Whalers Christian Klein-Beekman and Connor Litton will play second and lead, respectively, in a team skipped by Chris Parkinson of Comox. Matthew Davies is the fourth member who will play third in the only Island team that qualified for the championships.

Rebeccal Douglas, who regularly curls at Parksville Curling Club, will also be competing in Victoria as skip of team that consist of Brooke Reintjes, Delaena Reintjes and Bella Higdon.

The top junior women’s team and the two top junior men’s teams will represent BC at national championships taking place in Langley. The junior men were recently offered a second berth as a result of Nunavut withdrawing from the competition.

The New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships takes place from Jan. 18-26, 2020, at the George Preston Recreation Centre and Langley Curling Club.

— With a file from Curl BC

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cheryl Dill visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Talking jobs, tourism and business with Cheryl Dill in Parksville

Podcast: COVID-19 has far-reaching impacts on Vancouver Island

(File photo)
PQB crime report: Vandals strike in Parksville, prowler lurks in Nanoose Bay

Oceanside RCMP receive 276 complaints in one-week period

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Wildfire fanned by winds near Merritt prompts evacuation alert

BC Wildfire Service says the suspected human-caused blaze was fanned by winds

The Rogers logo is photographed in Toronto on Monday, September 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Rogers investigating after wireless customers complain of widespread outage

According to Down Detector, problems are being reported in most major Canadian cities

Flow Academy is located at 1511 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
National fitness group condemns unlicensed Kelowna gym’s anti-vaccine policy

The Fitness Industry Council of Canada says Flow Academy is shining a negative light on the industry

People are shown at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, April 18, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Nothing stopping provinces from offering AstraZeneca vaccine to all adults: Hajdu

Health Canada has licensed the AstraZeneca shot for use in people over the age of 18

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday December 8, 2020 in Ottawa. The stage is set for arguably the most important federal budget in recent memory, as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its plan for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery even as a third wave of COVID-19 rages across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Election reticence expected to temper political battle over federal budget

Opposition parties have laid out their own demands in the weeks leading up to the budget

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to open up COVID vaccine registration to all B.C. residents 18+ in April

Registration does not equate to being able to book an appointment

(Black Press file photo).
UPDATED: Multiple stabbings at Vancouver Island bush party

Three youths hospitalized after an assault in Comox

Most Read