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  • Instructor Co-Op
  • Skill Development

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.

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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 2016/2017 season. For full instructor profiles, please click on their name or image.

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Instructor Profiles

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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

Membership:

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

Miscellaneous:

  • 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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MARG BYRNE

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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HELEN GARSIDE

NCCP#5858363

Training:

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

Experience:

  • Coached Little Rocks
  • Adult Instruction – 4 years
  • Instructor at Youth Curling Camp

Accomplishments:

  • Senior Women’s Zone Winner & Regional Participant
  • Senior Mixed Zone Winner
  • President of Wednesday Night Ladies League
  • Board Of Directors – 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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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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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

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DELORES MCCALLUM

NCCP#1141131

Training:

  • Competition Development Coach– Certified (CC, NCCP)
  • Competition Coach – Youth (OCA)
  • Competition Coach – Certified (OCA, NCCP)
  • Special Olympics Registered and Trained
  • Wheelchair Curling Trained
  • Stick Curling(OCA), The Stabilizer delivery
  • Smart Broom Technology & Video Analysis Trained

Experience:

  • Coached Bantams for 9 years in Zone and Regional play downs
  • Coached adult teams in Zone, Region, Provincial & Pre-Trials
  • Convenor/Instructor of Bantam, Junior & Little Rocks for 3 years
  • Convenor of Summer Competitive League for 5 yrs.
  • Convenor/Instructor of Trial League for New Curlers – 6 yrs.
  • Special Olympics – Curling Instruction, Track & Field coach
  • Adult Instruction(beginner, intermediate & advanced) – 5 years

Accomplishments:

  • Mixed Zone & Regional winner
  • Club Champion Lead, Ladies League
  • Mixed Provincial participant

Specialization:

  • All technical aspects, communication, team play, novice to advanced, individual, team, large group, video analysis, “detect & correct”, brushing (trained in SmartBroom technology & video analysis)

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club, Coaches of Canada, Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO), Nation Coaching Certification Program, Special Olympics Ontario

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TIM MCCHESNEY

NCCP#5853438

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained(OCA)
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)

Experience:

  • Youth camp instructor
  • Trial League Instructor – 2 years
  • Adult instruction (open house, rentals, clinics and camps) 2 years

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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JOANNE MIKOLA

NCCP#1141126

Training:

  • Competition Development Coach Certified (CC/NCCP): Advanced Practice Planning/Strategy; Psychology of Performance/Managing Conflict; Developing Athletic Abilities
  • Competition Coach Certified (NCCP/OCA)
  • Bantam High Performance Curling Camps – Coach
  • High Performance Curling Camp – Skip
  • Certified NCCP
  • Club Coach Trained
  • Hot Shots Curling Camp

Experience:

  • OCC Youth Program Volunteer-Technical & Tactical development for group and/or individual curlers
  • Coach Bantam Girls team to win Zones 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Annual plan for development in tactical, technical & team systems. Mental prep., resilience, fitness & nutrition, time management
  • OCC Day Ladies Games & Player Development 2007-2010
  • Youth Curling Camp Instructor

Accomplishments:

  • Mixed Provincial Participant – Lead on Team J. Epping
  • Senior Women Zone Winner

Specialties:

  • Individual &/or Team development
  • Also available April to October

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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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BRIAN SHERIDAN

NCCP#6017734

Training:

  • Competition Coach In Training (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained (OCA)

Experience:

  • 30 years competitive & social curling

Accomplishments:

  • Winner of many adult & senior Bonspiels
  • “A” Level curler at OCC for many years
  • Competitor in several OCA Events

Specialization:

  • Group Instruction – small or large
  • One on One Instruction for novice curlers: Delivery Basics - As a left handed curler I can provide specialized and more meaningful instruction to left handed curlers

Member:

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

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DANNY SUGIMOTO

NCCP#5646697

Continue to always be a student of the game. Help people learn the great sport of curling by providing a strong foundation. Tailor individual sessions to cover both the mechanical skills and the conceptual aspects.

Training:

  • Curling Competition Coach Certified (NCCP/CC)
  • Trained Club Coach
  • Centre of Curling Excellence Development Camp
  • Trillium Adult Curling Camp
  • Golden Hawks High-Performance Centre Clinic
  • OCA Stick clinic
  • Talent Development ID camp

Experience:

  • OCA GTA clinic team instructor
  • U15 curling coach
  • Public open house clinic instructor
  • Member clinic instructor
  • Summer Youth camp instructor
  • Corporate rental instructor
  • School rental instructor
  • Oakville Trial league and L2C instructor

Specialization:

  • Delivery analysis based on balance, energy transfer, line of delivery, and release.
  • Brushing and game concepts, hitting drills, strategy, theory, and game etiquette.

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IAN TAYLOR

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.

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 

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