Curling WA was established in 2014 in order to promote the sport and participation of curling in Western Australia.
With over 500 years of history, Curling is one the world's oldest sports. This winter sport is played by over 2 million people worldwide, and has been an Olympic Sport since 1998. It entails two teams of four players sliding polished granite stones down a sheet of ice towards a target area called the house. The aim of the game is to get your stones closer to the centre of the house than your opponents.
Each player delivers two stones alternately with the opponent, beginning with the lead of each team and ending with the skip, who is also the team captain. A team can score up to eight points with the 16 stones delivered in an end, or inning, unless no stone is in the house or the nearest opposing stones are equidistant, in which case there is no score. Blocking and knocking out an opponent's stones are important strategies of the sport. The usual number of ends in a match is 8 to 12.
The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brushes who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brushes to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork go into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives curling its nickname of "chess on ice".
As a member of the Australian Curling Federation, (ACF), Curling WA is recognised by the ACF as the official state representative for the sport of Curling within Western Australia.
With full membership of the Australian Curling Federation, qualified members of Curling WA are able to take part in the national championships which are held on an annual basis for men, women, juniors, seniors and mixed teams.
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