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Husband & Spouse Begin Native Curling Membership After Being Impressed by Crew USA

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The scene is the 2018 Winter Olympics, the gang is cheering, and Crew USA simply gained its first gold medal for curling. It certain doesn’t seem to be this ice-based Olympic broadcast from Pyeongchang, South Korea, would have had a lot of an affect in Louisville, Kentucky. 

But it surely did. 

Within the wake of Crew USA’s victory, Bethaney and Brett Curry have been impressed. The couple sought out native curling golf equipment, however quickly discovered that there have been none inside a two-hour drive from Louisville. So, with the dedication – however not the expertise of Olympians – two individuals who had by no means held the brooms or thrown the stones began their very own group: the Derby Metropolis Curling Membership. 

Beginning a membership meant studying the fundamentals of curling first: guidelines, terminology, and gear. For a membership recreation, two groups of 4 try and ‘throw,’ or slide, a 44-pound stone closest to the ‘button,’ or the bullseye that’s present in a set of concentric circles drawn on the ice, to earn a degree. 

For every stone nearer to the button than the opponent’s closest, the scoring staff beneficial properties one other level. Because the stone slides, teammates sweep the ice in its path with their brooms. This heats the ice, affecting the quantity of curl within the stone’s journey. After eight rounds of eight stones per staff, the sport ends, and the staff with the very best rating wins. 

However curling is way over guidelines of play. When Derby Metropolis gamers step out onto the ice, they exit to bypass the fundamentals and break obstacles. 

“Our main objective is to carry curling to the state of Kentucky in an adaptive manner for each youth and other people of all ages,” Kendra Felix says. As president of the membership, Felix’s objective is to proceed the sportsmanship that curling brings. Felix was elected after founder Bethaney Curry stepped down from the place to pursue a PhD. 

Immediately, the membership actively brings curling to all ages and affords Be taught to Curl classes. The membership additionally affords adaptive lessons in order that these with disabilities can be part of. 

“Anybody can do it. You possibly can curl from a standing place or a squatting place,” Felix says. “You possibly can curl from a sitting place, like in a wheelchair.” 

Open to all ages, the membership’s web site famous the youngest participant is 8 years outdated and the oldest is 81. 

“We have now lots of people who’re excited about curling,” Felix says. “We have now lots of people who don’t know in any respect what it’s, and that’s okay. That’s why we’re right here. 

The ‘that’s why we’re right here’ mindset is the cornerstone of the worldwide curling group and the premise of the membership’s mission. 


“Curling is all about folks, truthfully, when it comes proper all the way down to it.” Felix says. As soon as the sport is finished, there’s a custom referred to as ‘broom stacking.” On the finish of the sport, everybody stacks their brooms and goes to socialize and discuss. 

Felix famous that many instances, athletes go to a curling competitors and don’t know anybody else. There may very well be folks from totally different components of the world and after the sport has ended, athletes are sitting round a desk and sharing a meal and chatting.  

“It’s actually enjoyable and it’s the way you meet extra folks,” Felix says. “You get extra concerned within the golf equipment; you get entangled extra within the sport itself and also you construct networks that help you it doesn’t matter what. It’s like rising a household.”

Past visiting with different groups, Felix additionally discusses the interactions between Derby Metropolis Curling Membership and the skilled world.

“When Crew USA gained the gold, one of many gamers, the vice skip of that staff, determined to retire and have become a sports activities ambassador,” Felix says. 

“His identify is Tyler George, and he visits totally different golf equipment. He got here to our membership simply to talk and discuss to us and present us his gold medal . . . he’s the nicest man; you wouldn’t even know he’s an Olympian,” Felix says. 

It’s this involvement that strengthens the group, Felix defined. “You could be model new at curling and go all the way in which as much as the Olympic stage and nonetheless be associates with these folks. The friendships that we’ve gained, not solely on a neighborhood and nationwide stage, but in addition on the elite stage, make it one thing I wished to pursue.” 

But regardless of a beautiful group and a deal with inclusion, the Derby Metropolis Curling Membership has actually had laborious instances. Based just a few years earlier than the beginning of a world pandemic, the fledgling group misplaced a whole season to the COVID-19 virus earlier than returning to the ice for the 2021 – 2022 season. 

But, the time misplaced wasn’t time wasted. The membership took the chance to enhance ice upkeep at Alpine Ice Area, their present dwelling. Though coming again was thrilling with new alternatives and contemporary ice, the membership was actually totally different–whether or not from pandemic-related issues or different elements, many gamers didn’t return. 

“We sort of needed to begin over,” Felix says.

Now, the membership is shifting into the long run, retaining the concepts of household and adaptivity whereas trying to develop. 

One objective is to determine their very own curling facility. 

“On area ice, you’re going to be competing with ice skating and hockey and different ice sports activities, and it makes the ice not ideally suited for curling,” Felix says. “The concept is to have a warehouse house that we convert to an ice flooring. That can additional enhance the expansion of the game as a result of we’ll be capable of do extra lessons, clinics, workshops, leagues, and competitions.”


But with out extra members, the membership can’t develop. Derby Metropolis try to extend membership with choices for folks of all ages and talent units.

“Step one to becoming a member of a curling membership is taking a Be taught to Curl, the signature two-hour class that provides an introduction to the game,” Felix says.

Felix laughed when she talks concerning the lessons. “When you’re hooked after these two hours, you may change into a member and curl regularly.”

She additionally encourages these excited about competing to hitch the membership. “Our membership is so low that leagues can’t actually occur but,” she says. “We want folks to hitch so we will speak about leagues—there’s really one thing for each roller at Derby Metropolis.”

Felix mirrored on her expertise to date. “The sport of curling attracts actually good folks,” she says. 

With such a robust emphasis on relationships and sportsmanship, it’s no surprise. Curling is actually a sport centered round unity and household – that’s the actual ‘button’ gamers intention for. The equality, worth and mutual respect that comes for a group of so many passionate athletes is a street signal pointing towards a unity of affection and belonging –like a household – far past sports activities and ourselves. 

Making that street signal extra outstanding is the way forward for the Derby Metropolis Curling Membership – one stone at a time. 

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