The WORLD CURLING FEDERATION (WCF)
and The GERMAN
CURLING ASSOCIATION (DCV)
Special Curling Courses / Seminars and the 5th annual Junior Summer Curling Camp
Between July 7-20, 2003 the World Curling Federation and
the German Curling Association (especially Füssen CC) worked hand-in-hand to
host special curling seminars and the 5th Annual Junior Summer Curling Camp in
Füssen, Germany. This event showcased all the courses that the WCF is currently
geared to host, and culminated in a five-day Camp for juniors.
The result was an unparalleled success as 258 participants
attended the courses and 117 juniors were at the Camp. The 21 countries involved
included Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, England, Wales, the Netherlands,
France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Andorra,
Canada, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Japan, Korea and the USA.
The Level I (30 participants) and a Level II (33) Ice
Technician Courses were taught by Sweden’s Leif Öhman and Canada’s Hans Wuthrich.
The Level I (25) and Level II (26) Umpire/Official Courses were taught by Leslie
Ingram-Brown from Scotland and Hans Uli Sommer from Switzerland. The Level I
(42) and Level II (38) Technical Instructor Courses were instructed by Al Kersey
and Bertha Washer from Canada. The Business of Curling Seminar (19) was taught
by Canada’s Danny Lamoureux, the Youth Curling Seminar (13) by Dieter Kolb of
Germany, and the new Wheelchair Curling Coaching Course (32) was run by
Scotland’s Kate Caithness, Ena Stevenson and wheelchair athlete Frank Duffy.
Al and Bertha stayed on to instruct at the Junior Camp and
were joined by fellow Canadians Wendy Morgan, Anne O’Hearn and Dick Henderson.
Gesa Angrick from Germany filled out the Camp’s instructional staff. Also, at
the Camp were twelve highly qualified assistant-instructors coming from Canada
(Melanie and Sebastien Robillard, and Phil Sager), Scotland (Gordon Kennedy and
Alan Hannah), Andorra (Ana and Andrew Ferguson-Smith), Sweden (Patric Hakansson),
Germany (Andreas Lang, Daniela Jentsch and Josy Obermann) and from the
Netherlands (Rob Vilain).
The instructors and assistants for all the courses and the
Camp did a marvellous job. They all openly shared their expertise and
experience, and a special thank you goes out to all of them.
It was wonderful to see so many nationalities enjoying
themselves and working together for the betterment of curling. The positive
response from everyone involved confirms that this is indeed a worthwhile
project. Plans are already underway for a similar event next summer. All the
information and the registration forms will be available on the WCF website (www.worldcurling.org)
on December 15, 2003.
WCF Curling Development Officer