The competition was friendly, but the atmosphere was fierce this past weekend as a group of Curlers from Quesnel continued their training for a national competition at the beginning of march. They’re heading to the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.
The group knows what they’re doing right, and what still needs some work. Curler Glenda Melnychuk explains.
“We need to work on our turns, our fitness, our nutrition, and stuff like that. Curling stuff.”
Melnychuk has been curling for years. While she’s tried all different roles, there is one that is her favourite.
“The skip, they throw the last rocks, so they judge the line, put the broom down for the other curlers.”
The Quesnel team came to Prince George for a Bonspeil with the local team.
Coach Rick Prosk says the team has been training hard for the competition and weekend competitions are a great way to prepare.
“We’ve been practicing since October. Once a week on Wednesday nights and they practice Sunday’s as well.”
Practice time is important for not only building skills but also fostering relationships. Communicating on the ice is something players from both Quesnel and Prince George excel at. Melnychuk explains.
“You have to communicate it’s extremely important, you know communicate your turns and weight and line and stuff.”
In fact, for Prince George Curler Leif Skuggedal it’s one of his favourite parts of getting out on the ice.
“because I get to yell at the players, hurry hard hurry hard, whoa whoa it’s a lot of fun.”
And while some of the competitors are more seasoned, some, like Brock Terlesky are newer to the game.
“I’ve been only curling for two years now. I like the sport, I really like competitive sports with Special Olympics BC I just like the communication back in forth. It just feels great to get involved with a new community and make new friends along the way. It’s been really nice.”
All of the players continuing to come out because of the friendships they’ve made.
It’s this friendship and trust on the ice the Quesnel curlers know will serve them well in Cornerbrook next week.