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Community Rocks 2017-2018

Laycock Curling, the 2015 Tim Horton’s Brier Bronze Medalists, and 2017 Olympic Trials qualifiers (playing now to represent Canada at the Olympic Games in Febriary) along with their sponsors Corr Grain Systems Inc. and Crescent Point are excited about the upcoming 6th annual Community Rocks events. This initiative is Laycock Curling’s way of driving participation by visiting five communities across Western Canada and teaching youth about Curling, sport, dedication, team-work and work ethic.

Numerous Curling clubs across the prairies submitted applications to host. The following locations were selected based on the excitement expressed in their applications:

After school junior clinics:

  • Avonlea Curling Club
  • Balgonie Curling Club
  • Hanley Curling Club
  • Leroy Curling Club

Grand Finale event – includes junior clinic and friendly game between local champion curling team and Laycock Curling:

  • Shaunavon Curling Club

 

The team hopes each selected community will rally around their events and encourage youth to learn about curling, skill development, but most importantly to grow confidence and have fun!

“We are super lucky to have sponsors that allow us to help promote and grow the sport that has given so much. Since 2012, we have seen the commitment from companies like Corr Grain and Crescent Point and we continue to grow it bigger year over year.” said, Kirk Muyres, Laycock Curling – Third. “The special part of the tour for us is to not only growing the participation at the youth level, but also teach kids about dedication and creating lasting levels of confidence in our future leaders and Olympic Athletes.”

“We are excited to partner with a great team as they promote healthy living and sport participation in our youth on the prairies.” Said, Ralph Wegman, CEO of Corr Grain Systems Inc.  “We wanted to give back to our customers in rural communities and help grow future leaders of our province; this is an amazing way to do it and we could not be more proud!”

The Community Rocks scheduled tour dates are below and also online at www.laycockcurling.ca. Contact your local community curling club for more information and to get involved! 

Club

Town

Club Contact

Event Date/Time

Hanley Curling Club

Hanley

Corinne Anderson – 306-544-2683

Dec 19, 2017 – 4:00-6:30pm

Leroy Curling Club

Leroy

Brenda Paetsch – 306-287-7163

Dec 20, 2017 – 1:00-3:30pm

Avonlea Curling Club

Avonlea

Tara Miller – 306-868-7715

Feb 6, 2018 – 4:00-6:30pm

Balgonie Curling Club

Balgonie

Joel Kainz – 306-533-9123

Feb 5, 2018 – 4:00-6:30pm

Shaunavon Curling Club

Shaunavon

Wendy Thienes – 306-294-7383

Jan 4, 2018 – 4:00-8:00pm

 

The day will consist of the team signing autographs, taking pictures, teaching skills and chatting with the kids about their own experiences and allowing the kids to meet the Olympic Hopefuls!!  We look forward to seeing you all there! The team encourages any and all to join and come out for the day, experience or no experience!

For media & interview requests please call or email:  We would love to have you out for the day to grow the sport and community involvement in Saskatchewan.

"It Takes an Army...."

“It takes an army…..”

Excelling in sports doesn’t just happen by accident. We’ve mentioned numerous times in these newsletter’s about how we wouldn’t be able to do this without the amazing support of our families, our supporters, and our sponsors. Today I want to focus on an additional aspect that is critical to our success. Our sports science team.

Many of you may be wondering what sports science is. A search on Wikipedia told me that sports science is a discipline that studies how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health and performance. It incorporates areas of physiology (exercise physiology), psychology (sport psychology), anatomybiomechanicsbiochemistry and biokinetics.

Here is what it means for us:

We work with Ralph Schoenfeld on mental skills, team communication, and team dynamics. It cannot be understated how important this aspect of the game is in high performance curling.

We work with Bruce Craven on developing exercise programs, optimizing our movement patterns and flexibility, and doing preventative maintenance to avoid injuries. Just looking at the curling athletes you now see on TV and it is clear how far the game has come from its ashtray and flask roots. We put a ton of sweat equity into this aspect of our training. Bruce has a great team of people at his clinic we also work with in these areas.

I won’t single anyone out on the sports nutrition side, as we have worked with several awesome people over the last number of years, but this another crucial piece of the puzzle. Eating well won’t make you a great curler, but eating poorly can sure prevent you from being one.

There are other things we do as well based on our personal needs. Whether this be sleep habit training, massage, physio, chiro, etc.

We are thankful for all of the amazing people we get to work with and who have helped push us along our journey. It truly does take an army.

Steve

A Fall Chill is in the Air

Well with the summer come and gone its time to get back into the swing of things again with Curling. We benefited from having early ice in Saskatoon for the first time ever. We hit the ice for the first time on August 13 and have been steadily practicing since! This has been a huge benefit to us as we all got to stay home as opposed to having to have all of us find time to get together in Edmonton. 
 
This summer I quit my job in early July. This allowed me to spend more time in the gym working on my off-season fitness and doing whatever I can to get ready for my first full season of sweeping. Which I am very excited for. It will be fun seeing the game from a different perspective along with learning new things about the game from playing alongside guys like Steve, Kirk, and Dallan who have more experience than me and have been around the game longer than I have. 
 
I even forgot to mention that we are only 3 MONTHS away from competing in the Olympics trials!! As that is our main focus this season, we have strategically planned to give us the best shot at playing our very best for these Olympic Trials as we work toward being Team Canada at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea. We also chatted this off season about what makes us different or special compared to the teams that we will be competing with in the Trials and hope to use that as an advantage heading into those Trials in December. 
 
It’s hard to believe that the Olympic season kicks off today! I am obviously getting very excited for this year and am excited for the new opportunity to play with Team Laycock and join them on this road to the Olympics. It will be a season to remember, and hopefully I can do a better job of staying on my feet! Check out our facebook, twitter or Instagram if you haven’t seen the video of my epic fall yet!!

Thanks for cheering!

Matt D
Second

2017 Early Ice Preparations

 

 

Meet our new Second Rocks

My name is Matt Dunstone, I am 21 years old and born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Curling has always been the biggest part of my life. It has made me who I am today and is responsible for 90% of the relationships I have with people today.

I am a two-time Canadian Junior Champion and World Junior Bronze medalist in 2013 and 2016. I am extremely excited to pursue my dream and a Professional Curling Career with Team Steve Laycock.
 
When I am not Curling I am currently working on my Apprentice level’s to become a Pre-Engineered Building Erector with Crane Steel Structures based out of Winnipeg. I am a level two as of right now and have been with Crane Steel for 2 years. I have been very lucky and fortunate to be able to coordinate a very busy Curling schedule while maintaining this position with Crane Steel Structures. Crane Steel has buildings to be built across the Nation. A crew I usually work with were all the way up in Arctic Bay, Nunavut recently building a building for the Arctic Co-Op program. I have not been able to join them yet because of Curling but I think it would be an amazing thing to experience our Northern region.

My other passion besides Curling would be Baseball. I played baseball for almost as long as I have Curled. I dropped Baseball when I was 19 years old to take my Curling more seriously. Baseball has played a huge roll in keeping that competitive edge inside of me, my work ethic and it definitely helped me become a leader on the ice as that was the roll I had when I played Baseball. I was lucky enough to experience Baseball at a National level playing for Team Manitoba five times in my youth career. Having that previous National Championship experience played a big role in my success when I got to play in a National Championship for curling. If I was not involved in Curling I could have definitely seen myself playing College Baseball somewhere in the United States.

During the off season seeing as I do not play Baseball anymore I love to spend my summers at the Cabin when work is not too busy. I love to wakeboard and be out on the Jet Ski. It truly is the most relaxing place on earth!
 
My mother and my Father are both living in Winnipeg, I also have a younger sibling who is four years younger than me.
 
I cannot wait to begin my journey with Team Laycock and work as hard as I can to make our dreams come true- and that is to become Olympic Champions as well as Brier Champions. I cannot wait to spend many minutes on and off the ice becoming great friends, and a great curling team with Steve, Kirk, and Dallan.
 
Second,
Matt Dunstone

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