Laurier student tries to diversify face of curling

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Posted on The Record | March 15, 2023

WATERLOO — The Canadian men’s national curling championship featured 18 teams, and not a single competitor resembled Kibo Mulima.

The second-year Wilfrid Laurier University student from Inverary, near Kingston, is doing what he can to change that, to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to become involved in the popular winter pastime.

Mulima travelled to Sudbury on Tuesday as part of the Wilfrid Laurier team that will participate in the U Sports championship at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex. The Golden Hawks squad of Sam Mooibroek (skip), Mulima (vice), Wyatt Small (second), Ben Pearce (lead) and Codie Harris (alternate) recently won the Ontario University Athletics championship and is one of the teams to watch at the Sudbury event that starts Wednesday and concludes Sunday.

Mulima will be the only Black curler at the U Sports championship, a reality that he is bringing attention to by participating in initiatives that tackle the sport’s diversity.

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