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Curling.SkillsHello and welcome to The Instructor Co-Op page!

The Instructor Co-Op is a passionate group of OCC Member curlers who are trained to help others learn the sport of Curling in a fun and safe way.

If you are looking for ways to improve your curling game, the Instructor Co-Op can help you with brushing mechanics, weight judgment, stick delivery, stabilizer delivery, weight control, strategy and tactics, communication, team dynamics, and all other facets of the game!

Instruction is available through various private and group programs. These include private lessons (individual & group), clinics (member, public, & office), Youth Programs, Learn to Curl programs, summer curling camps, Special Olympics, open houses, and corporate rentals.

All Instructors are registered with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Our goal is to help curlers of any age and level become the best they can be.

If you need more information, please contact the Instructor Coordinator.

Click here to book a lesson!

Click here to view the 2016/2017 fee schedule


The Instructor Co-Op is looking for new members!

Please read the new-member requirements here and send an email to Instructor Co-op if you are interested.

Meet the Instructors

Here is an alphabetical list of our instructors for the 2017/2018 season. For full instructor profiles, please click on their name or image.

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Helen.G.R2
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Karen.R2
Marjorie.R2
Tim.R2
Heather.R2
Kevin.R2
Rebecca.R2
Brian.R2
Helen.S.R2
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Instructor Profiles

RICK BRADY

NCCP# 5662624

Training:

  • Competition Coach In-training(NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach (OCA)

Experience:

  • Little Rocks / Bantam Instructor – 6 years
  • Bantam Competitive Coach – 4+ teams
  • Curling Clinics for beginners – over 100 clinics given
  • Special Olympics Instructor
  • Soccer Coach (OSC) – 5+ teams
  • Hockey Coach / Assistant Coach / Team Manager – 3 teams
  • Scouts Canada, Leader – 9 years

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club – 20 years
  • Oakville Curling Club, OCA Rep. – 2 years
  • Avonlea Curling Club – 2 years
  • Ontario Curling Association, Junior Zone Rep. – 2 years

Coordinator:

  • Family Bonspiel Coordinator – 7 years
  • Junior Bonspiel Coordinator – 3 years
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SANDRA BRAUNSTEINER

NCCP# 6017513

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained (NCCP/CC)
  • High-Performance Curling Camp
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)

Experience:

  • 5 years curling
  • Day Ladies Games Convenor
  • Little Rocks Coach
  • Youth Camp Instructor
  • Adult Trial League Instructor
  • Adult Instructor – Corporate Team Building, Clinics

Specialization:

  • Basic curling technique, strategy, rules & etiquette

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Ontario Curling Association
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NCCP# 5662622
 
Training:
  • Club Coach-Youth (OCA)
  • Competition Coach in Training NCCP
Experience:
  • Little rock coach for 3 years
  • Bantam coach for 1 years
  • Adult instruction (open house, rentals, clinics)
Specialization:
  • Group instruction (rentals)
  • New Curlers (getting comfortable on the ice, basics of delivery & sweeping)
Member:
  • Oakville Curling club
  • Coaches Association of Ontario
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PETER CAMPBELL

 NCCP # 

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
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HELEN GARSIDE

NCCP# 5858363

Training:

  • Competition Coach In Training (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach (OCA)
  • High-Performance Curling Camp (2-time attendee)

Experience:

  • Ontario Curling Association Instructor's Team
  • Ontario Curling Council Facilitator
  • Coached Little Rocks
  • Adult Instruction – 5 years
  • Instructor at Youth Curling Camp

Accomplishments:

  • Senior Women’s Zone Winner & Regional Participant
  • Senior Mixed Zone Winner
  • Former President of Wednesday Night Ladies League
  • Former Board of Director – Oakville Curling Club

Specialization:

  • One to One: new curlers learning the basics or helping curlers increase their skill level through detect & correct methods
  • Team Dynamics: communication & problem solving

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Margarita International Curling Club
  • Coaches of Canada (COC)
  • Coaches Association of Canada (CAC)
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LORI FREURE-MACMILLAN

NCCP# 6162441

Training:

  • Club Coach Trained (Ontario Curling Council)
  • Hot Shots Curling Clinic
  • 12 years Leadership Development Specialist
  • Organizational Coach and Mentor to High Potentials

Experience:

  • 40+ years of Curling
  • Co-led Corporate Learn to Curl Day

Accomplishments:

  • 1980 SOLCA Junior Girls Champion
  • University of Western Ontario Varsity Curling Ladies Team
  • Oakville Trafalgar High School Varsity Curling Ladies Team

Specialization:

  • 1 on 1 coaching
  • Team Dynamics
  • New curler development

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
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KAREN LALONDE

NCCP# 73679

Training:

  • Competition Coach Certified (NCCP/CC)
  • Level 2 - Speed Skating (NCCP)
  • Club Coach – Curling (OCA)
  • Licensed HeartMath® Provider (www.heartmath.com)

Experience:

  • 10 years club curling
  • Several bonspiels
  • Worked with Junior Competitive Golfers & Adult Golfers
  • Worked with Figure Skaters
  • Worked with Health Professionals

Accomplishments:

  • Founded Oakville Speed Skating Club
  • Competitive Speed Skater
  • Competitive Figure Skater

Specialization:

  • Emotional Self-Management
  • Stress Management
  • Personal Effectiveness

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Coaches of Canada
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HEATHER MACTAVISH

NCCP# 6162443

Training:

  • Club Coach Trained (NCCP)

Experience:

  • 9 years of recreational curling

Specialization:

  • Basic curling technique (delivery/brushing), strategy, rules and etiquette for novice curlers

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
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MARJORIE MCARTHUR

NCCP# 1054652

Great instruction & coaching as a new Junior at the Oakville Curling Club almost 40 years ago helped me learn the great game of curling.

I enjoyed curling competitively in high school and university.

Taking 20 years off to devote my time to my career as a secondary school math teacher and raise my daughter made me seek out OCA instruction to move to a no-lift delivery when I returned to curling in 2006. Whether it is to learn the basics or improve the mechanics, a balanced delivery will help to enjoy the game more as you begin to make more shots consistently.

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained (OCA)
  • 25-year educator with Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)

Experience:

  • Curling Clinics for New Curlers – 8 years
  • Summer Curling Camp
  • Trial League for New Curlers – 2 years
  • Corporate Team Building Events – 1 yr

Accomplishments:

  • 1980 SOLCA Junior Girl’s Champion (Second)
  • 1981-1984: 3 Gold, 1 Silver OWIAA curling medals for Queen’s University (second & vice)
  • Zone Winner: Tankard, Women’s Senior Mixed, Senior Women
  • Mixed Club Champion Vice

Specialization:

  • New curlers one-on-one or small groups

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
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TIM MCCHESNEY

NCCP# 5853438

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained (OCA)
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)
  • Adult Learn to Curl
  • Developing Athletic Abilities
  • Psychology of Performance

Experience:

  • Youth camp Instructor
  • Learn to Curl Instructor
  • Adult instruction (open house, rentals, clinics, and camps) 3 years
  • Bantam Coach

Accomplishments:

  • Two-time Provincial Finalist (Master Men’s) (2013 / 2015)
  • Member - Senior Men’s Club Championship Team (2013-14)
  • President, Oakville Curling Club 2012-2014

Specialization:

  • One on one coaching (detect and correct curling faults and deliveries)
  • Team dynamics (communication, problem-solving, team operation)
  • Having fun!

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Coaches of Canada
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KEVIN MOONEY

NCCP# 5637403

Training:

  • Competition Coach Certified (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained (OCA)
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)
  • Level 2 Ice Technician (OCA)

Experience:

  • Convenor of little rocks curling for 2 years
  • Little rock coach for 5 years
  • Bantam coach for 4 years
  • Youth camp instructor
  • Adult instruction (open house, rentals, clinics & camps) 3 years

Accomplishments:

  • Bantam and junior boys zone winner
  • Gore mutual boys zone and regional winner, and provincial finalist

Specialization:

  • One on one (detect and correct curling faults and deliveries)
  • Team dynamics (communication, problem-solving, team operation)
  • Strategy and reading curling ice (one on one or with a team, on or off-ice)

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Coaches of Canada
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REBECCA SCHORR

NCCP # 6162439

Curling is a fabulous way to enjoy the winter and keep active.
I've been involved with Oakville Curling in mixed and business women's leagues; helped on bonspiel committees and volunteered coaching youth and new curlers. 
I started curling after my boys were done with sports and can't think of a better social/sport Club that provides a great sport for all ages. 
I'm a real estate representative with RLP here in Oakville and also a graphic designer.

Training:

  • Club Coach Trained (NCCP)

Experience:

  • 8 years curling
  • Little Rocks Coach
  • Adult Learn to Curl Instructor
  • Adult Instructor - Corporate Team Building, Clinics & Rentals

Specialization:

  • Basic curling technique, new curler coaching, strategy, rules & etiquette

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Ontario Curling Association
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BRIAN SHERIDAN

NCCP# 6017734

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained (CurlON)
  • Adult Learn to Curl

Experience:

  • Learn to Curl Instructor
  • Beyond the Basics Instructor
  • Adult Instructor (Rentals + Member Clinics)
  • 35 years competitive & social curling

Accomplishments:

  • Winner of many adult & senior Bonspiels
  • “A” Level curler at OCC for many years

Specialization:

  • Group Instruction
  • One on One Instruction - novice curlers to intermediate
  • Working with Senior Curlers
  • Stick Delivery Technique
  • Left handed delivery

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Ontario Curling Association
  • National Coaching Certification Program
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HELEN STEPHENSON

NCCP# 6017732

Training:

  • Competition Coachin Training NCCP

Experience:

  • Little Rock Coach (2 years)
  • Little Rock Convenor (2 years)
  • OCC Director of Youth Curling

Specialization:

  • Basic Curling Techniques, rules & etiquette
  • New Youth Curlers (introducing youth to the sport of Curling, basics of delivery and sweeping)

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
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DANNY SUGIMOTO

NCCP# 5646697

Always play the game to have fun and always be a student of the game. 
Strive for long-term continuous improvement. 
Help people learn the great sport of curling by providing a strong foundation. 
Personalize individual sessions to cover both mechanical and conceptual aspects.

Training:

  • Curling Competition Coach Certified NCCP #5646697
  • Trained Club Coach
  • Making Ethical Decisions Course
  • Centre of Curling Excellence Development Camp
  • Trillium Adult Curling Camp
  • Golden Hawks High-Performance Centre Clinic
  • OCA Stick clinic
  • Talent Development ID camp
  • Next Gen Coach Seminar

Experience:

  • Curl ON GTA clinic team instructor
  • Competitive youth curling coach
  • Public open house curling clinic instructor
  • Oakville member clinic instructor
  • Summer Youth Curling Camp instructor
  • Corporate curling rental instructor
  • High school curling instructor
  • Oakville Learn to Curl instructor

Specialization:

  • Brushing technique, team communication, and tailored delivery analysis.
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IAN TAYLOR

NCCP# 6164163

Ian is a highly experienced strategist with many years of success in the Skip position.

His command of the Tactics needed to be a successful Skip is evidenced in his list of accomplishments.

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained

Experience:

  • Recreational and competitive curler for 30 years

Accomplishments:

  • Senior Mixed Provincial Finalist
  • Masters Men’s Provincial Finalist
  • Multiple Club Championships

Specialization:

  • Strategy (free guard zone, aggressive and defensive approaches)
  • Tactics
  • Skip Position (communication, line calls, reading ice conditions)

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club 
  • CurlON Clinic Team
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