In 2017, a world Sports activities Firm referred to as SRHD Sports activities Administration Restricted formally launched the game of Curling to Nigeria.
The CEO of SRHD Sports activities Administration Restricted, Mr. Demola Daniel who doubles as the primary ever and incumbent president of the Nigerian Curling Federation provides an perception on how the game of Curling may be the largest Sport in Nigeria.
Mr. Daniel believes that human capability constructing and growth when it comes to discovery of skills and publicity of Nigerian curlers to worldwide tournaments is necessary to advertise the ice sport in Nigeria and Africa at giant.
On the grooming of athletes, Mr Daniel mentioned, “Now we have been doing so nicely as a result of now we have been organizing so many coaching clinics in Nigeria.”
“We train the younger ones methods to curl utilizing dry curling sheets with the assistance of my colleagues who’re within the federation like T. J. Cole, Kennedy, Esther, Harold Woods, Chris Naimet, Carol, Charles Naimet and never forgetting the then Director of Operations, Mr. Samuel Ewot as all of us come collectively to organise the clinics.”
“Now we have been faring so nicely in selling the game nevertheless it has not been simple for us as we’re doing all we are able to to ensure the game of Curling continues to develop in Nigeria.”
Mr Daniel defined that on expertise discovery of curlers in Nigeria began when the game was formally performed in Nigeria, the federation began reaching out to all Nigerians within the diaspora (America, Europe and Asia).
He mentioned,”We began to harness the abilities with the diaspora Nigerians due to the supply of the coaching floor (Ice) abroad and you’re seeing the outcomes as we play every kind of video games profitable and studying as nicely.”
“Coming again house (Nigeria) within the expertise discovery, we have been capable of uncover so many Youths and children underneath 15 years within the clinic. The abilities we’re about taking out to compete for the nation are feminine curlers and are 4 in quantity. They embrace Aniogbu Amarachi, Halimat Buhari and two Rivers State born, Port Harcourt based mostly curlers named Ibiso Warmate and Deborah Alasebieton.
“These 4 feminine curlers will characterize Nigeria within the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship to be hosted in Wakkanai, Japan from 31st October, 2020 to 13th November, 2020.”
Moreover, Mr. Daniel affirmed by saying that, “When it comes to coaching the locals (Nigerians), we(Nigerian Curling Federation) signed an Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) partnership with nations like Italy, South Korea, USA and Turkey who voluntarily opened their services for our found skills from Nigeria to coach pending when our facility is constructed.”
“Because of CONVID-19 challenge, we have been alleged to take our underneath 15 youngsters out to Canada, Italy and USA to coach nevertheless it was not attainable.”