Stepping Stones - Aug 2017
Participants at August's Stepping Stones. Photo © NZCA / Jo Dowling

18 Feb 2018 – Enjoying the Curling from the Olympics? Want to be there in 2022?

Since my appointment as National Coach last year, I have been considering how best to work with our competitive athletes to support the goal of improving our international competitiveness.

I feel that the best way to make a real difference is to focus on those athletes truly committed to improving their skills over the long term. Those athletes that have the ability and potential to be successful international representatives over the next 5-10 years.

So I plan to form a High Performance Squad that will be the focus of my efforts over the next Olympic cycle.

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6 Feb 2018 – New Zealand has no curling teams competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Countries qualify for the three Olympic events via the World Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Championships and the Pacific-Asia Championships. NZ sides all came within one game of earning qualifying points in this Olympic cycle but ultimately missed out.

The New Zealand Men's team have competed at one Winter Olympics, in Turin in 2006.

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Courtney Smith and Emma Sutherland in the bronze medal game vs Norway. Photo © WCF / Janne Ojanperä

11 Jan 2018 – The ultimate goal for New Zealand’s teams at the World Junior B Championships in Finland this week was to medal and so earn entry to the main event, the World Junior Championships 2018.

Although both sides narrowly missed out on achieving that goal, they are upbeat about their improvement and looking forward to going a step further next year.

The NZ Women – Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson, Emma Sutherland, Courtney Smith and Mhairi-Bronté Duncan, with coach Nelson Ede – came desperately close.

NZ men v Korea
NZ men v Korea. Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

10 Nov 2017 – The Korean men and women won their finals at the Pacific Asia Curling Championships 2017 in Erina, Australia yesterday, providing the 2018 Olympic hosts with the best possible boost before February's Games. 

The New Zealand sides just missed out on the opportunity to play in the medal rounds, both finishing fifth after the round robin stage.

The Kiwi women came closest, lying level with Hong Kong on 3 wins after the double round robin. The two sides shared the spoils in their two games, so played a sudden death Draw Shot Challenge after their last match to decide the playoff qualifier.

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Dean Fotti, Thivya Jeyaranjan and Brittany Taylor, NZ v Spain. Photo WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

17 Oct 2017 – New Zealand won two and lost five of their games at the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 to finish 6th in their pool and 27th overall.

"The team played somewhat better than the results suggest," said coach Liz Matthews. "They had oportunities in at least three other games, but ultimately you have to take those chances."

The tournament was held at the Swiss high performance curling centre in postcard-perfect Champery, a venue the team agreed was outstanding in every way.

Team Mustapic
Dan Mustapic, Hans Frauenlob, Dave Watt and Iain Craig

12 Sep 2017 – They looked a little rusty without recent game time at the start of last weekend's New Zealand Seniors Curling Championship in Naseby. But by the end of the tournament Dan Mustapic's side were looking pretty sharp.

Mustapic, Hans Frauenlob, Dave Watt and Iain Craig needed to score two in the last end of their opening game to secure a single point win over Team Peter Becker.

After that they looked much more assured, and shook hands early in their remaining games to go through the tournament unbeaten.

Palladium de Champery
Switzerland's Palladium de Champéry, venue for the 2017 World Mixed Championship

20 Aug 2017 – New Zealand's representative teams for our first three WCF international championships of the 2017-2018 season have been confirmed.

The following teams will compete in the World Mixed Championship (Switzerland), Pacific-Asia Championships (Australia) and the World Junior B Championships (Finland):

Bridget Becker
Bridget Becker. Photo © NZCA

15 Aug 2017 – It may have been 5 years since Bridget Becker and brother Sean last competed together, but you wouldn’t have thought so after they comfortably won the NZ Mixed Doubles Curling Championship last weekend.

Their teamwork may have been understandably a little rusty early on, with a second round loss to the eventual bronze medallists Eleanor Adviento and Brett Sargon. But they found their form quickly and improved throughout the tournament to finish the round robin with a 5-1 win-loss record.

Courtney Smith and Anton Hood played consistently well through the round robin, dropping just their opening round match to the Beckers to also finish on 5-1.

2017 Stepping Stones
Scott Arnold (R) with NZ Junior Women's team and coaches. Photo © NZCA / Jo Dowling

10 Aug 2017 – Australasia’s top curlers have just completed the World Curling Federation’s Stepping Stones programme at the MCI rink in Naseby.

The current Men’s, Women’s, Junior Women’s and Junior Men’s teams from both Australia and New Zealand were invited to the camp, as were a number of the leading Mixed Doubles athletes from both countries. Each group had a one to two day session.

Expertly led by facilitators Scott Arnold, Julie McMullin and Ken Bagnell, the programme combined on-ice and off-ice training to help national teams prepare for a season of elite curling. It introduced techniques for performance and mental analysis, and helped the athletes develop season plans for them to peak at the right times.

Peter de Boer (2015)
Peter de Boer. Photo © WCF

19 Jul 2017 – The New Zealand Curling Association (NZCA) today named Peter de Boer of Wellington as National Coach.

John Campbell, chairman of the NZCA’s High Performance Committee said, “The appointment of Peter de Boer as our first ever National Coach follows a detailed review of New Zealand’s international curling performance. Our review found that the greatest factor in high international performance was high-quality coaching, combined with committed and dedicated athletes.”

“We are very pleased to appoint Peter to this important role for the future of our sport, and we will support him as he establishes his programs for the next Olympic cycle”.

de Boer, 45, has represented New Zealand as an athlete on 7 occasions. He skipped New Zealand to a 5th place finish at the 2012 World Men’s Curling Championship, and competed in the 2013 Olympic Qualification Event.

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