The top echelon of young curling talent from the Pacific-Asia
region will hone their skills in the inaugural World Curling
Federation Pacific-Asia Youth Curling Camp at Naseby's
Maniototo Curling International ice rink this
Only half the rink will be used, but spectators are most
welcome to see more than 20 young men and women aged under 21
from New Zealand, Australia, Korea and Japan in action. An
officials camp will be held at the rink on December 28 and 29
before the youth camp starts on December 30 and ends on
‘‘Members of the public can come along and watch and, if they
want, even have a go at curling on the two lanes alongside
them,'' says Nelson Ede, development officer at Maniototo
The World Curling Federation has selected two top Canadian
coaches plus other coaches from each represented country to
be course instructors at the youth camp.
‘‘It targets those who are actively competitive curlers and
is to develop the skills of the younger talented curlers,''
says Mr Ede.
Normally, curling youth camps are held in Europe and places
fill quickly because of the Continent's strong pool of young
Some curlers from the Pacific-Asia region have previously
attended, including New Zealand players, but have largely had
to fund their own way.
‘‘The timing (of this camp) is based around the Asian school
holidays and the availability of instructors,'' notes Mr
‘‘This is the first time we have held one for this region and
we are hoping to make it an annual event.''
The week-long camp serves as a beneficial warmup for the New
Zealand junior teams. At the end of January they will compete
in a Pacific-Asia tournament for a chance to qualify for the
World Junior Curling Championships.
The New Zealand national men's and women's teams left for
China last week with the top two teams also qualifying for
the world championships. Competing in the world championships
is a chance to earn points to qualify for the 2014 Winter
Olympic Games in Russia.