By Jonathon Brodie/London Community News / Twitter: @jonathonbrodie
Capital One Rocks and Rings is looking to hurry hard into London area elementary schools with its curling class.
After five years of steady growth, the 40-minute program spanning across Canada is now beginning to sweep into the Forest City.
On Tuesday (Nov. 27), Rocks and Rings attended Stoney Brook Public School for their second appearance in London with five more classes in other parts of the city already scheduled before Christmas.
About 160 students, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 8, slid through Stoney Brooks’ gymnasium to practice the shuffleboard on ice sport on easier ground and try, what was most likely, their first attempt at the sport.
“The biggest challenge for us is we want the kids to get into the curling club,” said Jillian Mouzar, Rocks and Rings program co-ordinator, of the Ontario Curling Association and Canadian Curling Association program. “We want kids to participate in this program and then go home and say, ‘Oh my gosh mom, I went curling. Can I try curling this winter?’”
If the kids didn’t know the potential of how fun curling can be, they certainly do now.
The gym was almost deafening as the youth raced in a relay complete with curling brooms. The giggles were continuous as the students played a version of Red Light, Green Light using the words whoa and hurry instead. The concentration would be intense when the kids rolled a plastic curling stone trying to hit the button, but would be broken by laughter when they would dance in celebration.
“There’s a lot of energy in our school today and a lot of energy and nose coming from the gym,” said Stoney Brook principal Scott Askey, bringing the program into his school for $175 for the day. “That’s always a good thing when you can bring energy to the classroom.”
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