Curling

Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling)

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For over 40 years curling has been a popular sport in Western Canada among people who are vision impaired. This is an excellent game to keep active, enjoy being a part of a team and the opportunity to enjoy the friendly social atmosphere.

The Lions Clubs in Western Canada have always been a huge supporter of curling for people who are vision impaired. In March 2012 we will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Western Blind Curling Championship in Edmonton, Alberta.

VIRN encourages both recreational and competitive curling, but never lose sight of grassroots and the fun of the sport.

There are not many differences between teaching a person who is fully sighted and a person who is vision impaired to curl. By saying this it is very important to develop good communication as in any sport and to develop a trust between the coach and the curler.

Our qualified coaches offer one on one instruction to new curlers and continue to work with all our curlers to improve their techniques and understanding of the game.

There are only slight modifications in the VI Curling game. We welcome everyone to join us.

Introduction to VI Curling (Video)

Photo of Curling Coach showing a VI Curler how to hold the curling rock.
Grassroots VI Curling Program

VIRN encourages both recreational and competitive curling, but we never lose sight as to the importance of grassroots development and the fun of the sport.

A Great Curling Season For VIRN

Wrap-Up VIRN's 2014/15 Curling Season

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in VIRN's 2014/15 Curling Program held Saturday afternoons at the Thistle Curling Club – Winnipeg. Saturday, March 28th, was our last game of the season and we finished off on a high. It was great to see how the word has spread and how many new people came out to join us. Thanks to all for spreading the word!

Remaining Curling Dates

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Only Three Weeks Remaining

Saturday, March 14th
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Thistle Curling Club
280 Burnell Street, Winnipeg
Website: www.thistlecc.ca

VIRN"s Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling) program offers grassroots development, recreational and competitive curling. We continue to provide an inclusive curling program that gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to curl, game strategy, team spirit and sportsmanship.

Remaining Curling Dates

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We Are Curling This Saturday

Saturday, January 31
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Thistle Curling Club
280 Burnell Street, Winnipeg
Website: www.thistlecc.ca

VIRN"s Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling) program offers grassroots development, recreational and competitive curling. We continue to provide an inclusive curling program that gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to curl, game strategy, team spirit and sportsmanship.

Happy New Year Curlers

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Back On The Ice For 2015

Saturday, January 3rd
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Thistle Curling Club
280 Burnell Street, Winnipeg
Website: www.thistlecc.ca

VIRN"s Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling) program offers grassroots development, recreational and competitive curling. We continue to provide an inclusive curling program that gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to curl, game strategy, team spirit and sportsmanship.

Learn To Curl With The VI Curling Program

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Get Active & Be Part of A Team

Season Begins Saturday, October 18th.
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Thistle Curling Club
280 Burnell Street, Winnipeg
Website: www.thistlecc.ca

VIRN"s Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling) program offers grassroots development, recreational and competitive curling. Get your family and friends together and come out and join in the fun. Bring a full team or come out and join another team. Our season kicks off on Saturday, October 18th. And for 2014/15 Curling Schedule

Learn To Curl With The VI Curling Program

The Thistle Curling Club Logo
Get Active & Be Part of A Team

Season Begins Saturday, October 18th.
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Thistle Curling Club
280 Burnell Street, Winnipeg
Website: www.thistlecc.ca

VIRN"s Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling) program offers grassroots development, recreational and competitive curling. Get your family and friends together and come out and join in the fun. Bring a full team or come out and join another team. Our season kicks off on Saturday, October 18th.

Everyone is welcome!

VIRN VI Curling In Gillam, MB

Photo of curlers from behind the house, Skip Ross Martin wearing Manitoba jacket.
Way to Go Poppa Ross and Hope

On March 3, 4, 5th, Ross Martin (Skip), Hope Gushulak (Third), Kristen Juenke (Second) and Mitchell McCallum (Lead) curled in the Gillam Mixed Bonspiel. Although placing third in the “B” event a good time was had by all. Mitchell, a Gillam High School student, hadn’t curled before but was game and made some great shots. Kristen, a lab tech at Gillam Hospital, was the only regular curler, curling in the Gillam women’s league and helped us greatly.

VIRN's VI Curling Program

Photo of yellow curling rock with VIRN Logo on face.
Season Wrap Up Saturday, March 22nd

As the 2013/14 curling season comes to a close, we will curl our last regular season game on Saturday, March 22, from 12:30 to 2:30 PM.

We are very pleased and proud to say that we have introduced curling to a number of new people this season. VIRN welcomes everyone and that was clearly reflected in the wide variety of new people who came out and who have expressed an interest in continuing and want to join a team next season.

Celebration of Spring" Mixed Funspiel!

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Great Times At The Thistle Curling Club

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Warmer weather is just around the corner, so the Thistle Curling Club, 280 Burnell St, Winnipeg, will be hosting a "Celebration of Spring" Mixed Funspiel April 3 - 6, 2014!
The first 32 entries will be accepted.

Each team has to consist of at least one curler of the opposite gender.
Entry fee is $125.
Contact Harvey Swain at 204-792-2597 or Fred Sutton at 204-889-8010.
Website: www.thistlecc.ca

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