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Clinic helps young curlers build skills

Fifteen young curlers worked on their skills
Youth Curling Clinic in Estevan
Participants in a youth curling clinic in Estevan gather for a group photo.

ESTEVAN - Local young curlers had a chance to further their skills on Saturday during a Viterra CurlSask youth clinic at the Power Dodge Curling Centre.

Aimee Schmirler, a mentor coach with CurlSask, guided 15 curlers of varying ages and experience levels through a day of lessons. Schmirler noted that one girl was on curling ice for just the fourth time, while others had been playing for eight years.

The curlers worked on a little bit of everything. Delivery was a big focus, but they also spent time on strategy, sweeping and teamwork. 

Schmirler said these clinics are held across the province, and the one in Estevan is the fourth she has led this year.

She is able to focus on what each kid needs to improve. Kids set goals and take their objectives back to the curling games and practices.

When she has led a session on multiple occasions in a community in the past, Schmirler has been able to see the progress.  

The sessions are fun for students and Schmirler, and she loves to instruct and see the growth of a curler.

The Power Dodge Curling Club was a great location, the ice was in terrific shape and the kids were receptive to her message and method, she said. Schmirler hopes to come back next year and have a bigger camp for the kids.