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January 12, 2016 11:14 AM

The Border City Optimist Club had its Myrna Sieben — Learn to Curl Workshop on Saturday, where kids 9 to 14 years-old could get some pointers free of charge. More than 50 kids showed up for the event.

It was Myrna Sieben’s dream to promote curling to youth in the community.
Sieben was a dedicated member of the Border City Optimist Club, which is why when she passed away suddenly in 2010, the club came up with the Myrna Sieben — Learn to Curl workshop for local youngsters to learn the sport.
“This is our sixth year of doing it and last year we had to turn people away,” said Claudette Harris, chairperson for the event.
“This year we have between 50 and 60 (participants), almost again at capacity, so it’s been very successful.”
This year Learn to Curl was held on Jan. 9 at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre, where the ice was packed with kids learning their rock throwing and broom sweeping.
Harris, like Sieben, said it’s important for adults to encourage the younger generation to take interest in activities like curling.
She said Sieben talked about it at an Optimist Club meeting shortly before she died, and with Sieben being a 10 year member of the club and avid curler herself, the group saw the significance of an event like Learn to Curl.
“If we don’t promote it in the youth, we certainly aren’t going to curl as adults,” Harris said.
The event began in 2011 and numbers have increased each year; it is also completely sponsored, so kids who show up don’t pay a dime to learn their new skills.
The Myrna Sieben — Learn to Curl workshop is only a one-day event, with an instruction program in the morning then a mini game in the afternoon, but those interested in continuing can go on to join the Little Rockers program, a community curling program in the Border City.
Harris said more than half the children that showed up Saturday had never been on the curling ice before, so hopefully after the workshop they’ll be interested in stepping back into the hack in the future.
“That’s amazing because when you think about that, people say that curling isn’t really active but it is,” she said.
“We have to promote it and encourage our kids to get into it.”

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