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Hot Summer Months Provide the Perfect Introduction to the Fastest Sport on Ice
-Recruitment camps for luge develop

Media AdvisoryIt’s never too early for adrenaline-seeking young athletes to try the fastest sport on ice, even under the sweltering heat of the summer sun.

With three upcoming recruitment camps, scheduled for July 22, August 26 and September 23, the Canadian Luge Association is on the lookout for young athletes aged 10 to 14 who feel the need for speed. All three camps will be held at Canada Olympic Park, the home training base of Canada’s national junior and senior teams.

“The only requirements are strength, flexibility and coordination, along with a true desire for speed,” said Nicole Simon, Program Coordinator of the Canadian Luge Association and coach of the national development team. “These summer recruitment camps are a great way for youngsters who are interested in luge to get a taste of what the sport is all about.”

Along with sliding on wheeled sleds, youngsters will also get acquainted with the sheer speed of the icy luge track in the Ice House, the world’s only indoor refrigerated training facility for the sliding sports of luge, bobsleigh and skeleton. Newcomers will get the chance to practice their starts, a critical ingredient for success in the high-speed sport, in the worldly-unique Ice House.

The athletes will also be introduced to the dry land training regimen used by members of Canada’s national luge squads.

A number of current Olympians first became acquainted with luge through recruitment camps held at Canada Olympic Park, including 26-year-old Red Deer, Alta. native Regan Lauscher, winner of Canada’s first ever World Cup silver medal in luge.

Each recruitment camp costs $25 and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration taking place in the Ice House at Canada Olympic Park. To pre-register, please call Nicole Simon at (403) 247-9884 extension 29.

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