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AOC CONGRATULATES HISTORY MAKING CURLERS

By Adrienne Kennedy

AOC CONGRATULATES HISTORY MAKING CURLERS

AOC CONGRATULATES HISTORY MAKING CURLERS

Friday 10 December 2021 

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has congratulated Australia’s curling mixed doubles pair Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt after they qualified for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.

 

Australia has never qualified athletes in curling previously, but the 6-5 victory over Korea in the Netherlands overnight has created Australian Winter Olympic history.

 

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll says the pair has written a new chapter for the sport.

 

“The AOC congratulates the Australian Curling Federation on having their first athletes qualify to represent Australia at the Winter Olympics. This wasn’t an easy path, but Tahli and Dean have shown outstanding form in this qualifying event with an unbeaten run. Their last match went down to the wire but they got there.

 

“The beauty of the Olympic Games is there is a sport for everyone and now we will see young Australians on the world stage in February in a sport many Australians will watch for the first time.

 

“While formal selection in the Australian Olympic Team is yet to come, securing this quota spot for Beijing is a great moment. You have to be excited for the sport of curling in Australia today, “Mr Carroll concluded.

 

President of the Australian Curling Federation Kim Forge says Dean and Tahli’s success didn’t simply happen overnight.

 

“This has come from years of grit and determination – and importantly, a plan. Their coach John Morris is a reigning Olympic champion from Canada. They have come into the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia program with additional support from the AIS, Queensland Academy of Sports and the Victorian Institute of Sport.

 

“Each has a family history in the sport. They have had their successes and setbacks along the way, but playing for a bronze medal against the United States at the 2019 World Cup created this momentum. Dean and Tahli have attended every event, every camp to advance their situation.

 

“In truth, we were thinking the next Olympic cycle, but this is a Christmas present come early.  There were 65 countries competing for ten spots in Beijing. We are very proud of them both,” Ms Forge concluded.

 

The pair won all seven matches in the qualifying tournament being held in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

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WA Curling Facility

By Lynn Viljoen

 

We are planning Australia's first dedicated curling facility - click here for more information and to donate

Curling has started taking off here in Perth, and it's time for our sport to take the next step and build a dedicated curling facility that has world-class curling ice available all week, every week. 

The objective of this project will be to fund a 5-sheet curling facility that meets international competition standards.

A dedicated facility will create a multitude of opportunities for programs for members and casual players of all ages and abilities. We will be able to establish a club environment where community connectedness can grow and national and international visitors can join for events from friendly tours to world curling championships.

 
 

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Team Armstrong Win Kambarang Wednesday League

By Lynn Viljoen

Hal delivers a red stone

After 9 weeks of matches, it came down to the final week to decide the winner of the Kambarang League. Congratulations to Team Armstrong who beat Team Dougling to finish winners at the top of the table. Full results can be found here.

 

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Get warm before hitting the ice!

By Lynn Viljoen

With Curling season nearly upon us (in the Southern Hemisphere), now is the time to start reminding your body what it needs to be able to do in order to make your hits without having to hit the physio the next day!

Whilst I am sure we have all been keeping active and fit (lol) over the festive season, but Curling after a break always seems to help you rediscover muscles you had forgotten about.  Spending a couple minutes a day doing some simple exercises can really help soften the blow, and may even prevent an early season injury.

Here is a [link] to a short video that runs through some gentle mobility exercises to help you on the way to being ready for the start of the Curling season.

I hope this is of some use.  Take care, and look forward to seeing you on the ice. 

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