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Big Sky High School Class Learns Curling

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The notion of gym class may bring up memories of dodge ball and kickball, but for many high school students around the state, they get to stay active in some fairly unique ways.

For a couple days now the Big Sky high school health enhancement class has spent time at the Glacier ice rink learning the game of curling, suffice it to say that's not your typical day at school.

"Health Enhancement, or PE, which they use to call it, is different than what our parents used to do.  We've got to get these kids active in things they enjoy doing.  Not only just in PE, but for a life-time," says Big Sky Health Enhancement teacher Maureen Thomas.

So what was the reaction from students when they found out they'd be learning about Curling?

"To be honest, I didn't even know what curling was, until we learned about it from one of our guest speakers.  Our classmates didn't think much of it, but then when we got to try it they are really enjoying it," says Big Sky freshman Tristan McBeth.

"They're all pretty excited about it.  It's a lot more fun than I thought it would be, because watching it on TV it doesn't seem that fun, but it's a lot more fun when you participate in it," says fellow Big Sky freshman Tyler Glenn.

The Missoula Curling Club has volunteered as teachers for the group of high schoolers, and they've shared their sport with quite a few kids.

"We have given instruction to 1500 young curlers this year, between the Sentinel PE classes, and the Big Sky PE Classes," says Missoula Curling Club board member Charlene Young.

While curling isn't your normal gym class activity, the students in the class are thankful for the opportunity to learn new sports.

"I think it's pretty important.  You need something to do, beside sitting home and watching TV.  Everyone needs their own sport, and we're getting a lot of opportunities to learn about sports that work best for us," says McBeth.

"It's a lifetime sport, you can curl when you're really young, you can curl when you're really old, and that's what it's about for me now, is passing on that love of curling, the love of the sport, and the social aspect to the kids here," says Young.

Even early into their learning, it's pretty clear Curling is for just about everyone.

"I'm seeing kids here that don't really participate in gym and they are participating out here curling.  Anybody can do it, any age group," says McBeth.

If you are interested in learning how to curl, visit the Missoula Curling Club's web site http://www.missoulacurlingclub.com/

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