WEST CHESTER, Ohio (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Curling Club officially has a brand new home in West Chester.
“With our membership now in a dedicated space, we have more access to ice time and everybody’s learning curve has come up, regardless if they’ve been playing for 20 years or 2 weeks,” said club president Jonathan Penney.
The club has 109 members, and while many of them found an interest after watching the Winter Olympics, Penney grew up with the sport.
“I grew up in Canada,” Penney said. “My dad played. I started playing when I was 15 years old, moved to Cincinnati in 2012 and took over the Cincinnati Curling Club and started building interest in the game.”
Each team consists of four people: a thrower, a target, and two sweepers, who generate friction on the ice with a broom.
“We’re creating some heat,” said Penney. “It makes the rock go farther and straighter.”
The thrower pushes a stone that’s 40 pounds down a 130-foot rink.
“It’s a lot of balance so getting that slippery foot under your center of gravity, under your belly button,” Penney said. “That’s the biggest key.”
The Cincinnati Curling Club is always hosting “learn to curl” events.