Unsure if you should really hurry hard?
As he watched a curling team he was coaching on the ice in 2012, Will Hamilton of Waterloo, Ont., said it was difficult for him to evaluate his players.
KITCHENER, Ontario — Andrew Flemming and Geoff Fowler tinkered for months in their spare time. They used soldering irons. They printed three-dimensional models in their basements. They brainstormed over beers in this small city about 60 miles west of Toronto, where they kept their project quiet.
“We did a fair bit of work in bars,” Flemming said.
Flemming and Fowler, both 29, along with their friend and business partner, Will Hamilton, 37, were pouring their creative energies into a high-tech training device the likes of which the sporting world had never seen.
They were building a better broom.
These factors drove the team behind SmartBroom to turn to Hyphen in the initial design stages of its PT-2, a training aide for elite-level curling teams looking to improve their performance. SmartBroom gathers data from a curler’s sweeping movements so that they can be reviewed later by coaches.
On March 27-30, 26 coaches from Ontario, Northern Ontario, B.C., Quebec and Alberta gathered at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont., for the Canadian Curling Association’s first Competition Development Curling Workshop.