How Do You Become a Professional Curling Player?
The journey to become a professional player in any sport is layered with hurdles and obstacles one must cross. These obstacles are both physical and mental. Overcoming both takes a lot of time and effort. Some sports you will be able to learn on your own, to an extent, because there are so many resources available to you.
Sports like curling, unless you are in Canada, you will unlikely be able to learn on your own. Curling is a sport which while old enough, still struggles with popularity and viewership. Becoming a professional in curling takes effort like other sports do, but it also takes a little something extra.
Try Curling at a Local Club
Learning the game from professionals is the best way to start. Find a local curling club and try the game for yourself.
You have to see how your body takes to a new sport. Curling is very physical, even though it might not seem that way at first. Those who try curling for the first time often end up with soreness which lasts for days. It is a very core-heavy sport, albeit it also affects the arms, particularly the throwing arm.
Joining Local and Amateur Tournaments
One of the easiest ways to try your luck and skill in curling is to attend local or amateur tournaments. Then you can weigh your own skill against that of other amateurs. By doing so and attending tournaments, you will also get an idea of how much money you could earn by curling. You would also get an idea of how much a curling season costs.
Both are important, particularly the relationship between the two. One might end up not having enough money from the sport alone to pay for the season. That is often the case with curling, especially if you add international tournaments to the list.
Going Professional – Qualifying and Competing
The life of a curling professional is a hard one. The sport does not have nearly as many sponsors as other lucrative sports do. Even average football players get paid more money annually than a curling superstar would most likely see in their entire career. Yet, as with most sports, you can attend smaller tournaments and if you are victorious, move on to major ones. Eventually, you would get to the World Championship, or rather, your national team would, hopefully with you along for the ride.
Becoming a curling professional takes a lot of effort, working out, physical and mental energy, as well as willpower. Curling does not pay as much as other sports on a professional level so it is likely that even as a professional, one would need other sources of income.