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Curling sweeps its way to Lancaster High School

Lancaster adds new club for winter season
Posted at 11:40 PM, Feb 15, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Danielle Buchbinder is President of the Buffalo Curling Club and spends time teaching others about the sport.

"I love it," she said. "It kind of brings me back to why I started in the first place."

Buchbinder's love for curling is being passed down to teenagers from Lancaster High School who are all a part of the school's new curling club.

Rich Winiatowski is the man that made it happen.

"It's a sport that anybody can do," Winiatowski said. "You don't have to be the fastest kid, the strongest kid, the tallest kid, and I thought it'd be a great high school sport. I was excited to give it a shot."

After Winiatowski got school board approval, the Lancaster curling club was started and right off the bat, this club took off and is still going strong.

"Each week it seems like we get more and more new people," said Winiatowski. "So it's really coming along and I'm very happy with it."

Back when the club started, a lot of the students had no idea how to curl and months later, are still learning.

"The spins confuse me," Madi Balk, a student said. "But they teach us reall well."

It's all about learning and being a part of something.

"It's very fun to have something to do in the winter," added Blaze Miller, a Lancaster student.

While they're only just practicing, there's hopes of turning this club into a competitive one.

"My ideal hope is that next year we'll get more schools on board and have some club matches," Winiatowski said.

For now, these students are enjoying their time at the Buffalo curling club, learning new strategies and bringing a little more popularity to the sport of curling.

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