Rothesay math teacher coaching Spanish curling team

Felipe Marin was asked to coach the boys junior national team after meeting them three years ago at the World Seniors and World Mixed Doubles in Fredericton.

Felipe Marin is coaching the boys junior national team in Finland

The teams will head to the World Junior Championships in Turkey in March. (CBC)

A math teacher from Kennebecasis Valley High School is coaching a Spanish curling team in Finland.

Felipe Marin was asked to coach the boys junior national team after meeting them three years ago at the World Seniors and World Mixed Doubles in Fredericton.

"I invited them to train in Canada since we have ice in Moncton throughout the summer," he said. "They said yes and they came down and trained with me and a few other coaches for a few weeks."

"Then they asked me if I wanted to coach them and thought about for about three seconds and said yes."

Marin has been coaching junior curling for 24 years and began when he finished university at the Riverside Country Club in Rothesay. He's also of Spanish descent.

"I was born in Canada, but my parents are Spanish. I was the first one in my family to be born in Canada."

Curling isn't a popular sport in Spain like it is in Canada, most teams struggle to find ice time.

"The curlers can only get ice time late at night…they practice under sub par curling conditions, they have to leave the country to practice," said Marin.

Marin said the entire experience has been amazing. The World Junior-B Curling Championships are taking place in Lohja, Finland.

"It's amazing…I was in Spain in October for a few days to select teams. There were 17 juniors and 10 of them made national team. Their passion was just unbelievable."

"A lot is at stake. There are 24 boys team vying for three positions, gold, silver and bronze to round out the field of 10."

The teams will head to the World Junior Championships in Turkey in March.

Marin is anticipating having the team back to Canada to visit and train, but until then he will be back with his math class Tuesday.

"I will be greeted by my math students bright and early Tuesday morning at KVHS."
 

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