Qualicum Beach Curling Club


Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant


Coaches: Carol Barson, Sean Herbert, Ida Kespe, and Allan Wood


With the help of a $350 Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant, Junior Curling Coaches at the Qualicum Beach Curling Club hosted a fun-filled 'Try Curling' day on Oct. 5th. The event trained 12 new curlers aged 9-14 to learn the skills of curling and get a true feel for the sport.

It was an action-packed day of fun, fitness, and friendship — both on and off the ice. Four experienced curlers from the Junior program assisted the coaches to lead the new curlers through a sequence of lessons to develop the necessary skills for curling. At the end of the day, all participants were able to play an hour long fun game, and get a true feel for the sport.

Each participant was provided with two grippers, a slider, a broom and a helmet to use for the day. They were served pizza, vegetables, dip, apples, and cookies for lunch. Two wonderful parents helped with serving the lunch and making sure all Covid/sanitization rules were followed. The ice technician at the club was there to ensure that the ice was ready for us.

Some of these kids will join the Junior Program for the 2021/22 curling season. All participants spent the day being physically active, meeting new friends, talking, laughing, interacting with adults in a positive way, and trying something new that they had never experienced before.

The Qualicum Beach Curling Club thanks the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation for the Neighbourhood Small Grant that helped to make this event a reality!