Two-time Canadian Women’s Curling Champion Heather Nedohin stopped by the Drayton Valley Curling Club on Thursday for a Learn to Curl clinic.
This is the first year the curling icon has made her way to the community through her partnership with the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-Ops. Since 2016 she has brought her passion for the sport of curling to rural communites across the province to help kids get involved with the game.
"Curling is a sport that can be a life long sport and it allows kids of all ages and ability to participate," said Nedohin. "You can have children and adults play together or seperately in a recreational or competitive fashion."
Dozens of students from H.W. Pickup Middle School filled the sheets of ice as Nedohin instructed and gave pointers to the kids on how to properly play the game. She says she hopes the kids can see her passion for the sport and carry it on.
"I'd like to pass on the passion for the sport. With the experiences I lived out as a national team member and now being able to give back and showcase the sport it's just the right thing to do."
Nedohin also praised the work of Drayton Valley's junior curling team, and with the added exposure of curling at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in a few months time she says a future Olympian very well could be in the works here.
"I really enjoy seeing and hearing the junior's enjoy the game. You just never know where the next Olympian can come from," adding, "If I can help provide that starting block here, that's a success for us."
Nedohin rose to fame as the World Junior Curling Champion in 1996, and is a two-time bronze medalist in Women’s World Curling in in 1998 and 2012. She won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 1998 and 2012.
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