Curling for Juniors

Jamie Heap
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Relatively ‘Safe’ Sport creates good citizens, fosters friendships

Twelve-year-old Jaya Lynds registers for Junior Rocks Curling this past Saturday at the Amherst Curling Club. For more information about how to register, phone Joan Cameron at 667-3686 or 667-7509

AMHERST-Amherst never had a junior rocks curling program. That is until now.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a junior rocks program,” stated Amherst Curling Club member Joan Cameron who coached curling at the high school level for 17 years. “Our junior rocks were delivered on Wednesday,” she added. “They were donated to us by the Municipality of Cumberland and the Town of Amherst.”

In recent years, lite rock (ages 8-10) and bantam (11-12) curling programs have sprung up in parts of Cumberland and Westmorland Counties, leaving Amherst out in the cold. “River Hebert, Pugwash and Sackville all have lite rock programs, but not Amherst,” said Cameron. “I thought we needed it, so I took up the challenge.”

On Saturday, Amherst Curling Club members Joan Cameron and past president Janice Amos provided junior curlers with information about the sport of curling so that they could make an informed decision about whether curling was for them.

“The response has been great,” stated Cameron. “Curling is a non-combative, non-contact sport that is relatively safe. There’s no umpire or no referee,” she added. “We ask that they wear helmets (bicycle or hockey). We put a lot of emphasis on safety. They have soft heads; that’s why there are so many concussions in hockey,” claimed Cameron. “We also don’t want people to walk backwards on the ice.”

In addition to promoting safety, Cameron spoke about the many benefits of curling. This game is just so positive,” she added. “It creates consideration, at every point, as well as cooperation and good manners. It creates good citizens.”

“There’s no referee or umpire,” stated Cameron. “Each game begins with a handshake to wish the other team luck and ends with a handshake to close it.”

In addition to Cameron, the club’s first female president was also on hand at the curling club to register prospective junior curlers. “It’s so nice to see the kids,” stated Amos, a retired school teacher. “I’ve been involved in curling since 1980.”

“The most important thing is that they have fun and make friends,” said Cameron.

For more information, contact Joan Cameron at 667-3686 or at 667-7509.

Organizations: Amherst Curling Club

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland, River Hebert

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