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Corr Grain Community Rocks Presented by Crescent Point

After our big provincial win, we were on the road for two more days bringing Curling to more kids across this great province. We had our final two stops on the tour, which saw us visit Balgonie and Avonlea! It was another great couple days teaching amazing kids about our game and it was awesome to see their focus, enthusiasm and work ethic!

We have now done this tour for six straight years and it would not be possible for us to take the time and cost without our sponsors, Corr Grain, Crescent Point, SaskCanola and Norstar Industries. Thank you for allowing us to bring this amazing game to so many kids.  We have now visited 24 communities and reached over 1000 kids in our journey. 

This year we managed to get to all corners of the province, we started in Hanley, then went to Leroy before Christmas. We then headed down to the southwest corner in Shaunavon for the grand prize winner, before finishing in Balgonie and Avonlea. 

The kids were amazing and we aim to have fun with the kids on the ice so they remember great Curling is they grow up. We talk to them on the importance of respect, work-ethic, friendship, kindness and try and instill a lasting sense of confidence in our future leaders. 

We are so fortunate to be able to give back in this nature and it is so refreshing to be able to see the fun these youth have with our amazing game. Thank you to all the sponsors, organizers, media, parents and kids for making it another successful Corr Grain Community Rocks presented by Crescent Point!

Brier Bound in 2018!

The team had an amazing grind to win the provincial championship and earn the right to represent Saskatchewan at a home province Brier in Regina! This will be the fourth trip in five years for the group and the first time for Matt!



The team had to win four in a row and play back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back (yes that is five games in a row!) to claim the crown. Needless to say, we were tired in the final game, but the adrenaline was pumping and we were ready to go. 

We were up against a solid Flasch Team in the final who have not lost a game to that point (first time we have played Colton since he departed the team as well). We ended up scoring a huge five ender in the fifth end, which set us up nicely, leaving us with hammer in the tenth end and Matt executing a perfect nose hit for his first trip to the "big show."

Matt was so excited he broke down crying after the victory and it was a really nice moment to see what the Brier means to competitive male Curlers in Canada. It was a special moment for him and the team and won't soon be forgotten!

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to show their support, we are so blessed to be on this ride and honoured to have so many people cheering for us along the way! 

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
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