Bonspiel at Idaburn Dam, 2010 - Photographer: Janyne Fletcher
This page is intended for NZ Curling Representative Teams and those interested in being selected for an NZ Curling team. You will find supporting information to assist with understanding funding, ordering uniforms, curling equipment etc.
Congratulations on being selected for a New Zealand Curling team - fabulous achievement! Below is a guide to what happens next.
NZCA can only fund attendance at some WCF Championships and has identified events where qualification points are essential; these tournaments are a gateway to Olympic qualification. The following are potential WCF Championships identified by NZCA for such travel funding.
WMDCC B's if required.
Other potential championships which may be up for consideration
If New Zealand qualifies for these events, external funding may be available; therefore, NZCA might consider applications on an individual basis.
Teams must apply through the 'NZ Curling Travel Fund Application' for travel funds to WCF tournaments. This application will include team members, funding already approved, other funders applied for, team account to be deposited, and what date the funding is required.
NZCA reserves the right to provide Travel Funds if the team has been successful in sourcing funding through other avenues.
Funding is to assist players with travel and not cover or pay expenses, for players' personal expenses.
The Travel Fund was created from generous donations from Central Otago farmers. Hay from individuals and corporates is sold, with the profits donated to NZ Curling. Travel Fund money assists NZ Curling representative athletes with their travel expenses.
NZ Curling wishes to express a huge thank you to our generous hay donors over the years.
NZ Curling and Devold New Zealand have recently established a sponsorship partnership for a travel and off-ice uniform. Devold NZ makes superior performance garments from Merino Wool grown here in New Zealand, some of which are sourced locally from the Maniototo.
NZ Curling is excited to be associated with an organisation that sources local, sustainable materials and whose company values 'Choices' align with ours. We hope that we lead the change for other NZ Representative Teams with this paddock to podium expectation. Let's dress the best in the world with the best in the world.
The NZ Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles Curling teams are privileged to be provided with quality merino garments for their World Curling Championships. Other NZ Representative Teams have an opportunity to purchase these garments at a discounted rate.
Once selected for a New Zealand team, you can purchase Devold NZ clothing items below through the NZCA Secretary.
One team member is to 'make a copy' of the Master Devold Order, fill out Page two, and share it with the NZCA Secretary. The NZCA Secretary will place the order on the teams' behalf after consultation with Devold and a nominated team member. Teams are to order at their earliest convenience, as order confirmation, production, and shipping times are to be taken into consideration.
NZ Curling obtains our playing uniform from Foxglide in Scotland. Teams much have light and dark uniforms consisting of jackets, and t-shirts. An initial set-up is two jackets (one black one white), and four playing tops (two black and two white). Shipping is extra and split between team members.
NZCA is moving to a 'Performance Soft Shell Jacket' for teams but understands some teams may wish for a different (cheaper) style. Be mindful of WCF rules that all team members are to have the same style of playing uniforms. It is the responsibility of individual teams to ensure compliance with this rule with no 'individualised' items on the team. Non-compliance could result in fines from WCF or worse, not being allowed to enter the field of play.
Junior Teams wear the 'Stretch Jacket', and the NZ Men have the Performance Softshell Jacket.
Your last name is printed on the back of the playing uniform. If you have another family member that has represented New Zealand Curling, you add your initial.
One nominated team member (usually the skip) is to 'make a copy' of the Master Foxglide order form, fill it out, and send it to the NZCA Secretary. The NZCA Secretary places the order on the teams' behalf after consultation with Foxglide and a nominated team member. Teams are to order at their earliest convenience, as order confirmation, production, and shipping times are to be taken into consideration.
Colours, crests, logo size and placements are all specified for team uniforms at international events by WCF.
The Athlete Leaders Network (ALN) is the brainchild of the Athletes' Commission of the NZ Olympic Committee (NZOC). It was designed to increase the strength and mana of the athlete voice in New Zealand with the idea of getting athlete voice into decision-making across the high-performance sport system. ALN is an athlete voice mechanism focused on advocacy, capability, and well-being, which is crucial to our high-performance system's health. This initiative is by athletes, for athletes. Diverse athletes from funded and non-funded sports are empowered to advocate for what's important to them.
NZ Curling's ALN Representatives are Mhairi-Bronté Duncan and Holly Thompson. Mhairi-Bronté and Holly have represented at an International level and have first-hand knowledge of the requirements of High-Performance sports. Mhairi-Bronté was part of the New Zealand Curling Overseas Experience Programme, designed to allow athletes to spend six months immersed in a curling community overseas.
Both Mhairi-Bronté and Holly are enthusiastic about ALN and ensuring NZ Curling's voice is represented. ALN is to assist with the link between Athletes and NZ Curling. Please click the button on the right if you want to contact Mhairi-Bronté or Holly about ALN or if you have any queries about athlete voice in curling or email email@example.com
NZ Curling is committed to clean sport. We believe in protecting the health of our athletes, the integrity of our sport and the spirit of clean competition in which the best succeed. We work in collaboration with Drug-Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ), our national anti-doping agency, to:
promote a culture of clean sport;
educate members on clean sport rules, rights and responsibilities;
report doping and suspicious activity;
support athletes to compete clean.
You can contact DFSNZ anytime for clean sport support, information, education or resources. Phone 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437), email firstname.lastname@example.org or explore their website at drugfreesport.org.nz.
It’s essential that everyone at NZ Curling– support personnel and athletes at all levels – understand their clean sport rights and responsibilities.
NZCA run Clean Sport education webinars hosted by DFSNZ each year.
DFSNZ Education Webinars:
Thursday, 11 May 2023, 8 pm - 9 pm
Tuesday, 10th October 2023, 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
You can also complete DFSNZ online education. Start DFSNZ elearning
The Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act protects an athlete’s fundamental right to participate in clean sport, promoting health, fairness and equal opportunity for all athletes worldwide.
The Athlete Whereabouts programme is used worldwide to make sure athletes can be located for testing. Athletes on a testing pool must update their Whereabouts every quarter to protect the integrity of sport and to stay within the Sports Anti-Doping Rules.
Speak Out is a way for anyone in sport to report doping concerns in confidence. You don’t need the full story. And get in touch even if it seems minor – they use every piece of information.
Phone DFSNZ at 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437) or use their anonymous web form.
We have adopted New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules. The rules apply to all NZ Curling members, no matter your role or level of play. The Rules cover much more than just testing positive – they also prohibit things like possessing, purchasing or distributing banned substances and tampering with or evading the testing process.
If you violate the Rules– even by accident – you risk a sanction that can include a ban from all sport and disqualification of your results. The quickest and easiest way to protect yourself is by reading about the Rules – and the Rule violations – on DFSNZ’s website.
Some substances and methods are banned in sport. Each year, the World Anti-Doping Agency publishes a list of all those substances and methods in the WADA Prohibited List.
Even common medications can contain banned substances – including medications for asthma, ADHD and steroid injections taken as pain relief. Curling athletes need to check every medication before taking it on Global DRO to find out if it’s prohibited in sport.
If a medication you must take for documented medical reasons is banned in sport, you may need a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). Some athletes need a TUE in advance, i.e. before they take a medication; other athletes, e.g. those playing in domestic competitions, may only need to apply retroactively (after they have been tested).
International-Level Athletes who need to take a banned therapeutic substance for medical reasons must apply to the WORLD Curling Federation (WCF) for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Use the WCF TUE Application Form (see button on the right). Before you do this, you should ask your doctor if any suitable permitted alternative treatments exist.
TUE Application Forms must be emailed to the World Curling Federation TUE Committee at email@example.com, along with medical documentation to support the application.
To ensure efficient application processing, please include sufficient information to support the diagnosis, including doctors'/physicians' notes, laboratory and test results, and imaging results, if applicable. WADA publishes checklists for common applications, which can assist in ensuring you submit all the required paperwork.
Your TUE will also need to be endorsed by the NZCA Executive. Once you receive your TUE from WCF, please email the WCF letter of approval and WCF letter of certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a letter of endorsement from NZ Curling.
Athletes are advised not to take any prohibited substance without a valid TUE, but any established treatment should not be stopped, and any urgent medication should be started. In these circumstances, submission of a TUE Application and medical evidence must be submitted quickly.
If the TUE is granted, you will be permitted to use the medication without committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) during the TUE's validity period.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has published a Guidance Document which provides information for athletes, support personnel, Anti-Doping Organisations and physicians on the following topics:
The document can be downloaded here.
Testing is an important way of deterring and detecting doping in sport. NZ Curling athletes should expect – and be prepared – to be tested. It may happen at any time in or out-of-competition, and without prior warning. You may be asked to supply a urine sample, blood sample or both.
You can be tested at any time, anywhere and without any prior warning. Failing to complete a test when notified may lead to an anti-doping sanction.
Supplements are a risk for all athletes. DFSNZ don’t approve any supplements or their use because of this risk. Athletes can and do test positive because of contaminated supplements.
Nevertheless, many athletes choose to use supplements or are on a supplement programme. If that’s you, it’s important to make an informed decision. Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s Supplement Decision-Making Guide shows you ways to minimise – but not eliminate – supplement risk.
If you still require supplements, then it is recommended that you only use 'batch-tested supplements'. To check if your supplement is batch-tested use the website 'Informed Sport'.
The World Curling Federation defines an International Level Athlete as:
Athletes who compete in the Olympic Winter Games, Paralympic Winter Games, or any of the following World Curling Federation International Events and who are included in the WCF Registered Testing Pool (RTP) and WCF Team Testing Pool (TTP):
Athletes participating in non-sanctioned events or events organised by the World Curling Federation but are NOT considered International Events for the purpose of the WCF Anti-Doping Rules, see below, should apply for a TUE to their National Anti-doping Organisation (NADO) in accordance with the NADO rules and request recognition of the TUE from the World Curling Federation.
NZ Curling has a sponsorship arrangement with Balance Plus in Canada which pertains to the NZ Men, Women and Mixed Doubles teams. Other NZ representative teams may take advantage of a discounted rate on Balance Plus equipment, but a requirement is that all team members use Balance Plus Equipment.
This equipment will incur shipping fees and possible taxes at NZ Customs. If GST is charged, then NZCA will cover this portion. On selection, the teams will fill out Balance Plus Agreements then a team code is obtained.
The order is placed by one team member and paid for by one nominated team member’s credit/debit card. Team members are expected to pay their portion into this account
NZCA applies to many funding sources to assist with various costs to run NZCA. If you want to apply for any grants, you should check with the NZCA Secretary or Nelson Ede to ensure there isn’t a double-up.
All Junior fundraising must be paid into the newly formed NZ Junior Fundraising account, not individual accounts. Fundraising should be undertaken as a team and used to cover some of the costs listed above with consultation within the team.
Otago residents can apply to the SKEGGS Foundation, this must be done individually and online. The funding rounds close at 5.00pm on 20th March and 20th September. Click the icon on the right to be taken to the Skeggs website.
The Otago Academy of Sport coordinates and delivers a range of athlete and coach services catering for individual athletes and teams across Otago, Central and North Otago.
This support includes education for individual athletes and team academies through workshops and one on one consultations in sports science, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and athlete life and support. Otago Academy see this as crucial to the development of regional athletes and coaches, and to assuring they get the support they need to not only progress and achieve in their sport, but to remain in their region around their support networks and education/work opportunities. The goal is to ensure well-balanced and supported athletes who have a healthy perspective on their sporting lives, with a focus on developing the athlete as a person not just an athlete.
Click 'Otago Academy of Sport' to find out more information and for the application form.
NZCA would like to acknowledge the substantial contribution Maniototo Curling International (MCI) makes to its NZ Representative Curlers with free ice for training and practice. Also, MCI’s strong support for NZCA Training Camps and Tournaments is greatly appreciated.
Athletes, please note that free practice ice is subject to ice availability, the paying public takes precedence, and you may be asked to vacate the ice to accommodate them.
Please book your training sessions where possible to assist MCI staff in planning ice availability and ice prep.
Phone 03 444 9878 or by email email@example.com.
There's a restriction on the brush and pads you can use at international tournaments, and they are regularly updated.
See the WCF section on brushes and sweeping for the current state of play.
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.