Luge Canada

Canadian Luge Association invites youngsters to experience the fastest sport on ice
-Recruitment camps for develop

Media AdvisoryNo goalie, no referee, just speed; it's the fastest sport on ice and the Canadian Luge Association is on the lookout for budding sliding athletes in this Olympic year.

While Canada's young Olympic luge squad vies for podium finishes at the Winter Games in Torino, Italy, the next generation of potential Olympians can take their turns experiencing the icy luge track at two recruitment camps scheduled for February 25 and 26.

"The sport of luge has grown immensely in Canada, and these recruitment camps are key for us to identify potential candidates for the national program," said Nicole Simon, Program Coordinator of the Canadian Luge Association and coach of the national development team.

A number of current Olympians first became acquainted with the sliding sport through recruitment camps held at Canada Olympic Park, including 25-year-old Red Deer, Alta. native Regan Lauscher, winner of Canada's first ever World Cup silver medal in luge, and Calgary's Jeff Christie, who slid to a strong 13th-place finish in men's singles Olympic competition on February 12.

The upcoming recruitment camps are open to athletes aged 10 to 14, with strength, flexibility and coordination - as well as no fear of speed - the only requirements. For just $25, young athletes are introduced to luge at the Canada Olympic Park training facility that has launched the competitive careers of the members of Canada's national junior and senior teams.
The camps run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 25 and 26. Registration will be held at Canada Olympic Park's Ice House, the only refrigerated indoor training facility in the world where Canada's sliding athletes perfect their all-important push starts.

"In addition to starting young athletes out on the track, we also provide instruction in techniques of the sport and tips for training and sled maintenance," said Simon. "It's a great opportunity for young athletes to experience the sport of luge."

The Canadian Luge Associaton is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. In partnership with CODA, the Canadian Luge Association operates the Olympic Luge Training Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, which develops our nation's high-performance luge athletes and promotes the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at on the Internet.

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