Over the past year there have been many changes to the Salmon Arm Curling Club, and officials are eager to get the season underway.
This year marks the 75th year anniversary of the club, and it will begin with the annual curling clinic this weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the club is inviting the public to learn how to curl, improve their game or get back into the game.
“Many people watch the sport on TV, so we want to expose the public to the sport, and show them what is really involved,” said Darcy Seghers, club manager.
The club has now installed high-definition cameras over each house, and screens allow athletes and spectators to see exactly where the rocks are placed. In addition to the cosmetic upgrades to the club, Seghers mentioned the addition of two new leagues, a mixed doubles league and an adult learn-to-curl league.
“We decided to add a mixed doubles league because it will be included in the upcoming Olympics in 2018.”
Seghers says the league is recommended for those with previous curling experience and an enthusiasm for strategy.
The adults learn-to-curl league is recommended for trying out the sport for the first time. A coach will be assigned to each team, and will teach the basics.
World and national-level coach Daryl Horne will operate the league based on the Canadian Curling Association guidelines.
The cost for a single day at the clinic is $10, and Seghers encourages those that are interested to sign up before Friday.