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24 May 2014 – The May World Curling Federation newsletter from President Kate Caithness covers World Curling's news, tournament, progress and updates from the last few months.

The newsletter also features New Zealand's recent WCF Olympic Celebration Tour featuring Cheryl Bernard and Terry Meek, and a round-up of post-Olympic activities from other countries.

Cheryl Bernard

16 Mar 2014 – Auckland, Dunedin and Maniototo Curling ran a series of well-attended clinics in early March, hosted by 2010 Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard and her husband Terry Meek. Cheryl and her team won Olympic silver in Vancouver four years ago, while Terry is a leading coach and 2009 World Men's gold medallist.

The various sessions for club and media, public and schools were a part of the World Curling Federation's Olympic Celebration Tour. Very enthusiastic current and potential curlers attended, the latter enjoying a wonderful introduction to our sport.

Auckland Curling's Facebook page has plenty of pictures from the three sessions there.

2013 MCI camp

17 Jul 2013 – The July Junior camp at Naseby's MCI rink was deemed both enjoyable and successful by both the coaches and athletes involved. Over 30 junior curlers attended, thanks to a late influx of applications from Dunedin.

Skills and ages ranged from a couple of very enthusiastic 10 year olds (whose understanding belied their years) to more seasoned Under-21 international players.

Read more: Junior camp at Naseby a success

Liz Matthews (L) and Kate Caithness
Liz Matthews (L) and Kate Caithness

11 Nov 2012 – There was a surprise at yesterday's Welcome Reception for athletes at the 2012 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships.

Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation, presented Liz Matthews, Member of the New Zealand Curling Association, with an IOC Women and Sport Achievement Diploma signed by Jacques Rogge.

The Diploma recognises Liz's outstanding contribution to promoting the development and participation of women and girls in sport.

The IOC Women and Sport Trophy is awarded annually to each of the five continents along with a Worldwide recipient. The New Zealand Curling Association was very proud to nominate Liz, who received the full support of the WCF.

Read more: IOC Award to Liz Matthews

2012 Bonspiel

9 Jul 2013 – Poolburn Curling Club took home the prized Snuff Box Trophy when they won the recent National Bonspiel.

2012 marks the third success for Poolburn in this iconic New Zealand sporting event, called only when there is sufficient natural ice on an outdoor rink.

Read more: Poolburn win 2012 Bonspiel

On-ice at the camp

4 Jan 2012 - The first Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Camp, run jointly by the World Curling Federation and the New Zealand Curling Association, has just wrapped up at the Maniototo Curling International indoor rink in Naseby.

24 Junior curlers from Japan, Australia and New Zealand took part in the 6 day camp in early January – including junior athletes who will heading to Innsbruck, Austria for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games this month.

Special thanks go to all those involved in making the camp such a success. As well as fine-tuning techniques on the ice, the junior campers have had a chance to experience the New Zealand way of life with barbecues and outdoor activities including a spot of sheep shearing.

Read more: NZ hosts first Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Camp

18 Jul 2011 – The NZ Curling Association was delighted with a very successful and enjoyable 125th Jubilee celebration at the end of June, and confirms the results of recent National titles.

Coming up are further National championships and the 100% Pure NZ Winter Games. All NZ curlers are also invited to participate in the Trans-Tasman challenge in Melbourne at the end of September.

Read more: NZCA Newsletter 2011 / 5

Bonspiel action at Alexandra on Friday 24 June
The home side in action at Alexandra

15 Jul 2011 – A mild start to the New Zealand winter may have kept the farmers happy with a longer growing season, but it created a few headaches for organizers of the NZ Curling Association's 125th Jubilee Bonspiel.

With no chance of natural ice, four ice rinks in the lower South Island hosted the 28 teams on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June. Most sides played at a different venue on each of the two days of keen but friendly competition. The 7 rounds of crampit curling were followed a round of hack on Friday afternoon, and then a Jubilee dinner at Ranfurly on Friday evening.

Read more: 125 years of NZ Curling
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