The next generation of Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling stars are hitting the big stage early for the JR. GSOC and Future Rockstars programs.
Founded in 2012, the JR. GSOC and Future Rockstars are featured at all Pinty’s GSOC events and give young curlers the chance to play on world-class arena ice while learning tips of the trade from the pros. Marc Kennedy, Eve Muirhead, Niklas Edin, Colin Hodgson, Laura Crocker, Thomas Ulsrud, and others have helped out with these programs by sharing their vast knowledge of the game and providing memorable experiences for young curlers as they continue their journey in the sport.
The JR. GSOC features four local junior teams participating in a clinic and game with a celebrity coach assigned to each team. The Pinty’s GSOC also makes a donation to the junior curling clubs within the community for having their teams participate.
David Murdoch, a two-time world champion and an Olympic silver medallist, said he had a lot of fun helping out with the program during the 2015 Tour Challenge in Paradise, N.L.
“I thought the scene out there was a huge bunch of talent, my goodness, there were great deliveries and they were just working on a few things that we could take them up on,” he said. “They had a lot of fun and we had a lot of fun. It’s just great to really encourage these kids. We need to do more of that, just try and get more of these kids into the game and you see out there we might have the next Grand Slam winner, that’s great to see.”
Even Murdoch was picking up new things on the ice, just not curling tricks.
“Probably just learning more of the Newfie language I would say,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a little like Scottish so we could understand each other. It was good fun. They were great kids, great to work with.”
Team Murdoch second Scott Andrews also enjoyed taking the time to train the next generation of curling stars.
“It was really good to be out there with them and that’s the future of curling there so it’s always nice to just to help them if we can give them any tips,” Andrews said. “It was just good fun.”
“They were really interested in the ice conditions, obviously it was bit frosty out there so they were asking about the hair broom and stuff like that,” he added. “Any information we can give them hopefully will help them in the future.”
Future Rockstars is an hour of open ice for all of the Little Rocks and juniors within the community to come out, enjoy the game, and meet some of their favourite curlers.
Keep an eye out for these future Grand Slam champions as both programs are highlighted during the broadcast of our events.
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