The Pan Pacific Visits the Vancouver Curling Club

Yesterday afternoon, the Pan Pacific staff made a trip down to the Vancouver Curling Club for a very humbling lesson in the sport of curling.

Every few months, the staff gets together and plans an outing which involves a little fun and recreation.

The last few staff activities included dog sledding and kayaking – so I figured this year’s curling lesson would be a piece of cake. How hard could it be? Throw a rock at the circle, sweep the ice and yell HARD!! every few seconds. Easy right? Sadly…wrong!

Our teacher for the afternoon was curling champion Chris Daw, who won Gold at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino. Chris schooled us in a curling crash-course before we hit the ice in teams.

We learned that in curling, there are several rules and a lot of strategy. Despite how easy it looks on TV, throwing a polished granite stone 150 feet across a sheet of ice with precision accuracy is VERY difficult.

Here are a few photos from our experience:

Trevor and Donald working hard


Jay Jeon refines his path

Sweeping Practice

Chef Daryle with great form

Trevor Gilbert decides to volounteer…

Before I sign out, here’s a quick video of me throwing a rock “into the house.” I only did this once on the afternoon and was lucky enough to get it on video! Don’t laugh…