A very healthy Little Rocks Curling program, under the direction of Ian and Kathy Wilson, wrapped up at the Morrisburg Curling Club last Monday, with an evening of fun curling.
“Our object is to keep Little Rocks as fun,” said Ian Wilson. “Hopefully, all of you Little Rockers have enjoyed it this year.”
Wilson thanked Nick Goupil who helped out with the program (and also picked up his high school volunteer hours). He also thanked bantam curlers MacKenzie Whyte and Emily Byers who were in attendance most nights to lend a helping hand.
“Without your help, Little Rocks would have been more difficult,” said Wilson. “Many hands make less work.”
With some of the Little Rocks curlers now having four years of play under their brooms, Wilson advised them, that if they are interested, they can certainly get into some more competitive/bonspiels next year.
“You as athletes, along with your parents can decide to go more competitive or continue club curling next year. Competitive would mean more bonspiels.”
“We had 16 kids this year,” said a very pleased Kathy. “We started our first year with six kids and then went to 12 kids last year. With the bantam curlers out to help, on any given night we had 19 kids on the ice.”
“Several of our curlers are now nine and 10 years old. They started when they were five and six.”
“So we finally have a crew that has grown into the game. They know the game and now they have the stamina to get through an entire game.”
In addition to the actual play, the Wilsons have worked on teaching their young students both the etiquette of curling and the rules.
Through it all, Kathy again stressed that “we made sure they all had fun.”
The Little Rocks Curling program started last fall and ran on Monday night’s throughout the season.
For their year-end party, some parents joined them on the ice.