The Canadian Curling Association is realizing a long time goal this week at Niagara Falls by hosting a conference for curling clubs across the country. Over 200 attendees, including 10 from Saskatchewan, are hearing about the latest trends from in all aspects of the sport and discussing the future growth of curling with colleagues from across the country. Joining the CURLSASK group are Dean and Joanne Moulding from the Callie Club, Travis Netterfield from the Regina Highland and Scott Comfort from Wadena.
Topics range from Legal Issues in Curling, Energy Conservation, The Curling Teaching Professional, Curling in Schools, Technical Coaching Updates and Exploring Social Media. Over a dozen suppliers have set up exhibition of their wares for the Curling Trade Show. Of course, curlers being the social lot that they are , have some social time built in for those that enjoy wine tours and golf games.
In a variety of presentations, round table discussions and hands on demonstrations, curling expertise and opinions are being shared. There are definitely different challenges faced by different areas of the country but the passion for the game is clearly demonstrated by all involved.
The overall objective is for clubs to take home ideas that are valuable and pertinent to their club to help to grow or sustain the sport in their area. The summit provides an invaluable networking and idea sharing platform.
The conference winds up Tuesday evening with the CCA Hall of Fame and Awards Gala. The CCA Annual Meetings will then begin Thursday and conclude Friday with Marg Mayotte, President of CURLSASK, Dennis Smith – VP CURLSASK and Amber Holland – ED staying in Niagara for those sessions.