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August 24, 2010 > Curling clinic at Shark's Ice Fremont

Curling clinic at Shark's Ice Fremont

By Biff Jones

San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club (SFBACC) will be holding a United States Curling Association (USCA) Level 1 instructor's clinic at Shark's Ice on Old Warm Springs Boulevard in Fremont on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Level 2 instructors will be teaching curlers with some experience how to become Level 1 instructors. Level 3 is the highest level of instructors. This will enable more curlers to be able to teach newcomers the art of curling.

SFBACC has undergone a lot of growth this year, and they are still getting requests for more "Learn to Curl" clinics, corporate events and lessons for both adults and youths. Many of the new curlers want to help others experience the joy of the sport, but may feel they do not have the skills needed or that they are not qualified to teach.

This clinic is designed to help all curlers, regardless of age or experience, to become qualified to teach. All curling fundamentals will be addressed in a two-hour classroom session followed by a one-hour on ice session. Participants will receive a training manual and upon successful completion, registered with the USCA as an instructor.

Some of the curlers who have belonged to SFBACC and their accomplishments are:

Gabrielle Coleman - local curler who was a participant in recent 2010 Olympic play downs and 2010 USCA national championships;

Thomas Volgelsang - represented Germany in world curling championships in the 1990s;

Lyle Sieg - Past Canadian Provincial Champion;

Brian Zaitz - Former Minnesota State Champion (1994) and USA Nationals/Olympic Trials participant;

JoDee Dike-Johnson - 2010 USA national championships and World Deaf Curling championships; and

Karen Officer - 2010 USA national championships and World Deaf Curling championships.

SFBACC has had comments from curlers with decades of experience on how it has improved their own game. Cost of the clinic is $35 and is reserved for the first 20 registrants. To sign up, visit

If the registration is filled or if you are not able to come that Thursday, please contact Brian Zaitz,, or Brent Halpenny, If more than 20 people are interested in the clinic, SFBACC has another couple of dates to use for additional clinics as needed.

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