“Hurry!”,” hurry hard”, “real hard”, “sweep”, “brush”, “whoa”! Not the average sounds of a Guiding unit meeting. As you might have guessed that’s curling talk but it’s not just curling, it’s Olympic curling, at least floor style.
The Olympic season has just wrapped up and the NDG units (Monklands District) wanted to join in on the fun and the spirit of the Games. Two women from Rocks and Rings came to visit along with VIP guest Allison Ross, skip of the Québec Ladies Championship provincial team who was on-hand to help and encourage all the participants.
Two mats resembling the curling sheets that we normally see at each end of the ice were laid down on the floor, complete with rings known as the ‘house’ (or ‘home’ as one girl called it!) and the ‘button’ in the centre. The girls were split into two groups and while one group started off by learning about stone weight and throwing, the other group learned how to brush and sweep, later switching. The rules and strategies of the game were explained and then two ends were played, skipped by Allison Ross.
Large cue cards were used to teach the girls how to tally up the scores and in case anybody is wondering, it was learned that the read stones or rocks weigh around 42 pounds a-piece, so for the exercise, mock rocks on roller-blade type wheels were used, often with great accuracy. A team, it was explained, is made up of four people, a skip who calls the game, the lead, a second and a third. A spare sits on the bench but is there in case of an emergency.
Allison, who is based at Glenmore Curling Club in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, showed her ‘Scotties’ jacket, gold medal and diamond studded necklace won in provincial competition. At the end each girl member was presented with an official Capital One Rocks and Rings certificate which Alison autographed. The girls had a wonderful and ‘rocking’ time. Some even expressed an interest in a real on-ice lesson at a local club or with Alison, which we will try to arrange for next fall.
The floor curling, normally presented in schools by Capital One Rocks and Rings, is a program dedicated to teaching the sport of curling to young people. More information can be found on their website: Capital One Rocks and Rings – www.rocksandrings.com or on their Facebook page.
By Guest Blogger Alexandra Dalgleish. Alexandra is a Guider with the 115th Montreal Brownie Unit. If you are interested in guest blogging, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.