Curling Olympic hopefuls visit Hallock club

By Anna Jauhola
Through old ties from Hallock’s hey days of curling, three young curlers from across the world made their first visit to the United States on Sunday.
Brett Sargon, Benjamin Frew and Garion Long are from New Zealand and have been training in Morris, Manitoba, Canada, for the last six months with the goal of becoming Olympians. After a bonspiel in Winnipeg on Sunday, they traveled to Hallock for an exhibition game at the Hallock Curling Club.
“It’s a lovely rink,” Long said prior to playing.
But, Hallock’s is not the smallest they’ve visited since coming to North America. Just last week, they played at Halbstadt, Manitoba, where the tiny town has a two-sheet rink.
Their coaches are Lorne and Chris Hamblin, a husband/wife team who have coached and trained not only Olympic curlers, but many curlers of all ages and abilities over the years. They currently are the volunteer trainers at the Cargill Curling Training Centre in Morris.

For full story – see the Feb. 12 issue of the Kittson County Enterprise.

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