Designed specifically for CURLERS
wafer design increases heel stability
increased height of outer wall ensures sole flatness on the ice
flared sole increases surface area contact
with ice for better balance
raised heel forces body slightly forward for optimum release
increased height provides more arch support
grooved sole maximizes flexibility for tuck sliders
crossing bars increase stability and comfort for flatfoot sliders
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thieves have stolen 58 curling rocks from a refrigerated truck, representing more than a third of the total of the rocks in Australia.
The 22-kilogram granite rocks, valued at US$400 each, or about $23,200 combined, were stolen between June 16 and July 7 in a parking lot next to an ice rink at Docklands in downtown Melbourne.
Police believe the thieves would have been excited about the prospect of a refrigerated trailer containing alcohol, but would have quickly discovered the rocks were useless to them.
Curling competitor Paul Meissner said the theft had stopped all training for both serious curlers and people learning the sport in Melbourne. There are only about 150 curling rocks in Australia.
“We had a lot of fun introducing about 40 people to the sport every Tuesday night, who really enjoyed coming here, which is an important part of developing the sport,” Meissner said on Wednesday. “It is a massive loss. We might have to explore options including a loan from the World Curling Federation.”
Meissner urged the thieves to return the rocks or leave them in a safe place to be found.
“They’re useless to anyone else except for us, apart from as a doorstop or propping up a coffee table,” he said.
“They might be valuable … but that won’t do you any good. They could sell them to the Canadians, but they’ve got their own rocks.”
Australia is ranked 11th in world curling and recently missed out on a spot in next year’s Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Marmora – As a way to help to help cut costs, Marmora Curling Club is looking to partner with the arena.
Paul Gabourie told Marmora and Lake council July 21 that the curling club is currently seeking an ice technician for the 2009/10 season.
“The ice goes in later than the arena ice and comes out earlier,” he said. “It’s a labour-intensive job.”
Gabourie emphasized to council that the curling club “isn’t looking for a handout” but rather an arrangement with the township to share staff resources.
Arena manager Curtis Trimble told council that he and another employee at the arena have taken courses and know in theory of how to make ice for curling, although they’ve never done it.
“We feel we can maintain the ice,” he said. “Once we start practising, we’ll only get better.”
A part-time employee could have his hours expanded to cover evenings when the curling ice needs to be attended to, he said, adding that it would also be good experience for staff.
The curling club says about 350 hours per season is required to put in and maintain ice at its facility.
Since Mayor Terry Clemens was absent, Councillor Bonnie Danes made a motion to table the item and revisit it at the next council meeting so that everyone would have time to read the job description.
Council passed the motion.