Monday, November 3, 2014

PHOTOS: Curling Clinic

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM


On Sunday, the Lilac City Curling Club held their annual clinic at Riverfront Park's Ice Palace. Six students were taught the basics of throwing rocks and sweeping during the first hour of the clinic. This sport of finesse looks deceptively easy. Students initially struggled to throw their rocks from the hack, a footbase, down the length of the ice rink to the house, a bullseye-shaped location. Sweeping, where players sweep a broom in front of a thrown rock to affect its speed and trajectory, also proved difficult as students lost their balance and struggled to keep up with the rock at first. They caught on quickly, though, and soon played their first game. Some of the rocks even made it to the house, where points are awarded. The Lilac City Curling Club will begin league play at the Riverfront Park's Ice Palace on Sunday, November 9. For more information, visit spokanecurling.com.

click to enlarge Student Christina Akinlosotu, center, throws a rock towards Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Student Christina Akinlosotu, center, throws a rock towards Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway gives a talk at the beginning of a curling clinic. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway gives a talk at the beginning of a curling clinic.

click to enlarge Student Dave Jackson puts on a slider over his shoe. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Student Dave Jackson puts on a slider over his shoe.

click to enlarge 10-year-old Lilac City Curling Club member Ethan Thompson kneels next to some curling rocks. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • 10-year-old Lilac City Curling Club member Ethan Thompson kneels next to some curling rocks.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway, right, instructs student Reed Cody on how to hold a curling rock. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway, right, instructs student Reed Cody on how to hold a curling rock.


click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club members teach students during a curling clinic. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club members teach students during a curling clinic.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott, right, and Treasurer Tony Murray sweep. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott, right, and Treasurer Tony Murray sweep.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club members teach students. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club members teach students.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club President Eric Thompson and his 10-year-old son and member Ethan sweep. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club President Eric Thompson and his 10-year-old son and member Ethan sweep.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott, second from the right, instructs students Reed Cody, left, and Dave Jackson on proper sweeping technique. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott, second from the right, instructs students Reed Cody, left, and Dave Jackson on proper sweeping technique.

click to enlarge Student Dave Jackson, left, falls while sweeping as fellow student Reed Cody looks on. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Student Dave Jackson, left, falls while sweeping as fellow student Reed Cody looks on.

click to enlarge After throwing a rock, Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott, center, watches students Dave Jackson, left, and Jerry Schmidt sweep. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • After throwing a rock, Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott, center, watches students Dave Jackson, left, and Jerry Schmidt sweep.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway, center, throws a rock as students Lanelle Ramey, left, and Christina Akinlosotu sweep. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club board member Dale Garraway, center, throws a rock as students Lanelle Ramey, left, and Christina Akinlosotu sweep.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club Vice President Sam Normington, right, instructs students Christina Akinlosotu, left, and Lanelle Ramey. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club Vice President Sam Normington, right, instructs students Christina Akinlosotu, left, and Lanelle Ramey.

click to enlarge Student Jerry Schmidt throws a rock. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Student Jerry Schmidt throws a rock.

click to enlarge After student Lanelle Ramey, right, throws a rock, fellow student Christina Akinlosotu, center, sweeps as Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott looks on. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • After student Lanelle Ramey, right, throws a rock, fellow student Christina Akinlosotu, center, sweeps as Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott looks on.

click to enlarge Student Lanelle Ramey throws a rock. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Student Lanelle Ramey throws a rock.

click to enlarge After student Lanelle Ramey, left, throws a rock, fellow students Christina Akinlosotu, right, and Reed Cody sweep. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • After student Lanelle Ramey, left, throws a rock, fellow students Christina Akinlosotu, right, and Reed Cody sweep.

click to enlarge Lilac City Curling Club Treasurer Tony Murray, left, and Vice President Sam Normington share a laugh. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lilac City Curling Club Treasurer Tony Murray, left, and Vice President Sam Normington share a laugh.

click to enlarge Using a broom, student Jerry Schmidt moves a rock toward a hack. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Using a broom, student Jerry Schmidt moves a rock toward a hack.

click to enlarge As a skip, Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott walks toward the location in the house he wants a rock to be thrown. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • As a skip, Lilac City Curling Club member Jon Escott walks toward the location in the house he wants a rock to be thrown.

click to enlarge As a skip, Lilac City Curling Club member Robin Gavelin, left, watches a rock approach the house. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • As a skip, Lilac City Curling Club member Robin Gavelin, left, watches a rock approach the house.

click to enlarge Brooms sit outside the Ice Palace. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Brooms sit outside the Ice Palace.

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