On-ice training for brushing footwork

This past June I wrote an article that described the use of a footwork trainer for brushing in the closed position. The trainer permits competitive athletes to train off-ice, on their own time, and I have been extremely pleased with the results with Team McKenzie over the past three months. Alison Poluck and Jessica Filipcic, who appear in that video, have done extremely well in learning closed position brushing footwork and that has instantly translated into better on-ice performance

Bio-mechanics, strength and conditioning in Wheelchair Curling: Part 1

Wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games. As of February 2015, there were athletes in 21 countries around the world actively competing in wheelchair curling. Because of the sport’s infancy there has been little bio-mechanical study done to support the development of wheelchair curling athletes. However, Curling Canada is taking steps in this direction through the studies of Brock Laschowski, a Master’s student of Engineering and a researcher at the University of Waterloo. In July

Dryland training for brushing footwork

In the Curling Canada High Performance Program coaching manual, under “Technical Development: Sweeping”, you will find the following quote attributed to Darryl Horne: Without doubt sweeping is the most under-coached, under-practiced, under-appreciated, and under-rated aspect of the game. I could not agree more. With nearly three years of smart-broom testing of bantam- and junior-aged players in Ontario I can safely say that the number of top-quality brushers amongst (even) championship teams needs to increase. Which brings me to the work I am

Curling Specific Fitness | Leg Power and Drive

If you watch curling at the elite level today, it is not uncommon that you see double runbacks and peels as a staple to most teams. But how do they generate that big weight successfully and consistently you may ask? Power and control, thats how. Being a female who is only 5’3 and around 118 pounds, it can take a lot of strength to generate enough power in my delivery to make those big weight shots. So where does that

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

If there is any question I get asked more than any other it’s, “How does a curler practice”? The traditions of our game, which are held in such high esteem, and rightly so, let us down somewhat here. We do not have a tradition of practicing in our game. Indeed, for decades, one’s skill was honed by playing, not practicing. The farmers who were the heart and soul of curling in western Canada played upward of 200 games per season

A Defining Moment

I have no idea how many curling games in total have been played since the adoption of the four rock rule but Sunday’s Scotties final in Kingston I feel was a “corner turner” in the way the game will be played and I for one could not be more delighted. Finally, and full credit to Coach Earle Morris, a team demonstrated the “bump tick” as a shot that should be played, not just as a late-in-the-game tactic, but as a