Monday, June 22, 2009

Highlanders and Bravehearts

I've had the opportunity to look at the programme for the Homecoming Scotland International Junior Camp, organised by the RCCC, which gets underway on July 19. Judith McFarlane and Graham Sloan have put together a varied and interesting programme... and it looks to be a lot of fun too.

On-ice activities and classroom sessions at the Dumfries Ice Bowl (one led by Olympian Rhona Martin, for example) are interspersed with highland games, welly boot challenges, ten pin bowling and the final night ceilidh. There are two groups: The Highlanders will be instructed by Claire Milne with Graham Sloan and Shari Leibbrandt assisting, and the Bravehearts will be instructed by Mark Neeleman with Judith McFarlane and Laurens van der Windt. The accommodation is at the Barony College.

I'm not sure what in involved in speed pairs, or even Sumo races, but I hope to find out next month.

The camp is modelled after the successful and popular camp run by Keith Wendorf for the World Curling Federation. And of course the Royal Club runs two other summer camps based around the Dolphin Outdoor Centre at Culzean. They are successful and fruitful.

At a higher level, the two GB Olympic Squads spent a training week recently in Cyprus. David Murdoch insisted it was no holiday, hard work, and immensely valuable for the squads. Testing, but fun too, as two YouTube videos of the girls show. These have been posted by Zephyros Adventure Sports who organised team building activities which included mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and coasteering.

The original links are here and here. I've embedded one of them below.

Advisory. If you are nervous of seeing Jackie Lockhart in a wetsuit, leave this website immediately!

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