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Kids try out curling as junior league opens


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A group of area kids had a chance to try a unique sport today. The Eau Claire Curling Club held its first day of junior competition today.

There was plenty, of slipping, sliding, and shouting at the Eau Claire County Expo Center Saturday.

"It really does get kind of crazy out there sometimes," said Jeff Thompson, Junior Curling Coordinator for the Eau Claire Curling Club.

30 or more young athletes gave it their best shot, or toss, at the sport of curling. Some participants are trying it for the first time.

"We've got two more college students in there, and they're just sort of giving them the basics of the game. How to slide, how to throw the rock, how to sweep," Thompson said.

It is an unusual sport that can be a tough sell with so many other games to choose from.

"The big thing for us as a club, for getting juniors involved, is getting them started younger."

"By the time kids get to middle school, high school, they've got their sports picked. They're a soccer player, or they're a basketball player," said Thompson.

But for some kids here, its an easy choice.

"My grandma and grandpa curled, and they kind of got me into it. They started doing classes and they told me I should take it. I really got interested in it when I took my first class," said Kaiah Hurt of Eau Claire.

And you don't need to be the biggest, fastest, or strongest to play.

"Any body type, with work and practice, and a certain amount of balance and skill, can play curling at a very high level. So that's one of the best things about it," Thompson said.

The Junior Curling Club is open to athletes from elementary school up to high school. It costs $40 for a year round membership. 

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