Anti-doping rules apply to all NZC athletes, coaches and support personnel. It’s important that you know how to avoid breaking the rules to make sure you avoid an anti-doping sanction. Read the rule violations on the DFSNZ website.
Check your medications
Many substances are banned in sport, from recreational drugs to ingredients in common medications – including medications for asthma, ADHA, and pain relief (e.g. steroid injections). Curling athletes need to check every medication before taking it to see if it’s banned in sport.
Know your TUE status
If you medication is banned in sport, you may need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). Athletes competing nationally may only need to apply for a TUE retroactively; athletes competing in international competitions must apply in advance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Prepare to be tested
DFSNZ could be present at any National Curling Championship or International Training Camp so please be prepared. The best ways to prepare are by attending our annual education webinar or completing a DFSNZ e-learning course. You can also read DFSNZ’s information on the testing process.
Be aware of what you’re taking
Too many aspiring athletes have been inadvertently caught out by commercially available supplements, over-the-counter remedies, or medication prescribed by their doctor. Ignorance is NOT an excuse. Check WCF's Anti-Doping pages and Drug Free Sport NZ for what you can take, what you can't, and what you can get an exemption to use.
These same rules apply to NZ Championships. WCF brush regulations do not apply to local, club, or school leagues unless the organisers of those leagues or events determine otherwise. However, skilled players in those competitions are urged to consider the Spirit of Curling when using other non-approved sweeping devices that may give them an unfair advantage.