Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Curling books

This week Altona is hosting the Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial playdowns, and we welcome all visitors to our town. I thought it would be a good time to mention some of the newer curling books found on our shelves.

Colleen Jones released Curling Secrets a few years ago. In it she shares her passion for the sport. Step-by-step photographs accompany her tips on mastering a consistent slide, practice drills, and an off-ice training program.

Last year, Olympic gold medalist Russ Howard released Curl to Win. In it Howard covers the basics, the delivery, sweeping, strategy, drills, and tips and tricks.

Last year, John Morris released Fit to Curl. Morris’ book is designed to help everyone achieve a level of fitness that will help them stay injury free, win more games, and add to their enjoyment of the sport.

One of the most entertaining books is Weird facts about curling by Geoffrey Lansdell. In it, Lansdell tells us what happened in some of curling’s greatest games, describes some of the games most colourful characters, and gives us some great quotes. Read how, back in the 1930s, ashes from a cigar robbed Ken Watson of the first 8-ender in Brier history.

Curling is a great sport that is enjoyed by youngsters and seniors alike and this week, when you’re not curling, or watching a game, stop by and pick up a book.

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