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Curling Camp 2010 Kicks Off Atlanta Curling Club Edit

Jeff's Original Version Edit

On July 31 and August 1, 2010 the Atlanta Curling Club held Curling Camp 2010, its first official event, in conjunction with the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club at the Ice Chalet in Knoxville, TN. Since no one in the Atlanta club had curled before they relied totally upon the kindness and generosity of the members of the Knoxville club to teach and coach them through many drills, strategy sessions and practice games.

There was a lot of focus on training the leadership of the Atlanta club, since they will need to be the trainers back in Atlanta. Currently the ACC is obtaining equipment and looking for an ice rink in the greater Atlanta area that they will be able to call home.

The ACC members very much enjoyed the practice ends they played. Many members found that curling is a bit harder than they realized it was going to be, and that it really is a game of both skill and strategy. However, sometimes it just clicked and some quite good shots were made. In one end a beginner even made a nice draw shot that landed directly on the button. Afterward he was heard to say that "it was really a very fun shot."

Encouraged and excited, the Atlantans returned to the south, working out the next steps towards getting their curling club up and running. Many members were also seriously considering signing up for the next Knoxville bonspiel, scheduled for June 2011.

Visit the Atlanta Curling Club at their new web site, http://atlcurling.org. There you will find pictures from the camp and a YouTube video of the button shot. Also, visit the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club's web site at http://curlknoxville.com.

Sandra's Version Edit

On July 31 and August 1 the Atlanta Curling Club held Curling Camp 2010, its first official event, in conjunction with the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club at the Ice Chalet in Knoxville, TN. Since no one in the Atlanta club had curled before they relied totally upon the kindness and generosity of the members of the Knoxville club to teach and coach them through many drills, strategy sessions and practice games.

There was a lot of focus on training the leadership of the Atlanta club, since they will be the curling gurus back in Atlanta. Currently the ACC is obtaining equipment and looking for an ice rink in the greater Atlanta area that they will be able to call home.

The ACC members very much enjoyed the practice ends they played. Many members found that curling is a bit harder than they realized it was going to be, and that it really is a game of both skill and strategy. However, sometimes it just clicked and some quite good shots were made. I am so proud of my first draw to the button - it was such a fun shot!

Encouraged and excited, the Atlantans returned to the south, working out the next steps towards getting their curling club up and running. Many members are also seriously considering signing up for the next Rocky Top Bonspiel in Knoxville, scheduled for June 2011.

Visit the Atlanta Curling Club at their new web site, http://atlcurling.org. There you will find pictures from the camp and a YouTube video of the button shot. Also, visit the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club's web site at http://curlknoxville.com.

History Edit

Founded in February 2010 while watching curling during the Winter Olympics, the Atlanta Curling Club was first formed as an online community on Facebook, intended to gather together curlers, curling enthusiasts and people who just wanted to try curling together to brainstorm how to form a curling club in the Atlanta area. Indeed, the ACC still has a sizeable presence on Facebook where there have been many discussions about how we should form a curling club, and many interesting articles and links have been published to curling resources.

Kristina Whitehurst Version Edit

Stones, ice, brooms and a target – these words may sound like something out of the Ice Age but if you’re a fan of curling you associate these words with serious competition.

Now passion for the sport - widely popular in Canada, Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Japan – has found an enthusiastic group of followers here in Atlanta.

Generated by several separate Atlanta-based inquiries to the National Curling Foundation, the Atlanta Curling Club (ACC) has been established and is now taking memberships and holding meetings to give presence to this Olympic sport.

The biggest obstacle facing the ACC is finding a place to actually curl in a town where no such place exists – the closest club is presently in Knoxville, TN.

So on July 31 and August 1, the Atlanta Curling Club held Curling Camp 2010, its first official event, in conjunction with Knoxville’s Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club.

No one in the Atlanta club had ever curled before so the group relied on the Knoxville club to teach and coach them through many drills, strategy sessions and practice games.

Participants of the event found out that curling, a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area essentially in a shuffleboard-like fashion, was tougher than they thought. “It really is a game of both skill and strategy,” said one participant. “However, sometimes it just clicked and some really good shots were made.”

Now armed with all the basic skills, the ACC is searching for others who share their passion for this icy game. Plans for another trip north are in the works and the hunt is on for a more convenient location. If you are interested in joining the ACC, please visit their website at www.atlcurling.org. The site includes pictures from Curling Camp 2010 and a YouTube video of the “button shot.” Also, visit the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club's website at www.curlknoxville.com.

Synthesized VersionEdit

JeffFirstCurlingPoint

Jeff's first curling point.

On July 31 and August 1 the Atlanta Curling Club held Curling Camp 2010, its first official event, in conjunction with the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club at the Ice Chalet in Knoxville, TN. Since no one in the Atlanta club had curled before they relied totally upon the kindness and generosity of the members of the Knoxville club to teach and coach them through many drills, strategy sessions and practice games.

There was a lot of focus on training the leadership of the Atlanta club, since they will be the curling gurus back in Atlanta. Currently the ACC is obtaining equipment and looking for an ice rink in the greater Atlanta area that they will be able to call home.

The ACC members very much enjoyed the practice ends they played. Many members found that curling is a bit harder than they realized it was going to be, and that it really is a game of both skill and strategy. However, sometimes it just clicked and some quite good shots were made. Jeff Williams, ACC Vice President and curling beginner made a nice button shot in one end, ultimately scoring his first curling point. He later said, "It really felt good as I released it, and I was amazed how it looked like it would be spot on when it got to the other end!"

Encouraged and excited, the Atlantans returned to the south, working out the next steps towards getting their curling club up and running. Many members are also seriously considering signing up for the next Rocky Top Bonspiel in Knoxville, scheduled for June 2011.

Founded in February 2010 while watching curling during the Winter Olympics, the Atlanta Curling Club was first formed as an online community on Facebook, intended to gather together curlers, curling enthusiasts and people who just wanted to try curling together to brainstorm how to form a curling club in the Atlanta area. Indeed, the ACC still has a sizeable presence on Facebook where there have been many discussions about how we should form a curling club, and many interesting articles and links have been published to curling resources.

Visit the Atlanta Curling Club at their new web site, http://atlcurling.org. There you will find pictures from the Curling Camp and a YouTube video of the button shot. Also, visit the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club's web site at http://curlknoxville.com.

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