When Delaney Strouse found out last spring that she’d made one of the two female USA Curling Junior High Performance (HP) teams, the now-19-year-old college freshman from Midland wanted to celebrate.
But she couldn’t — that is, not until her twin brother, Sam Strouse, found out several hours later that he had been named to one of the two male Junior High Performance teams.
The siblings also agreed that it’s been very beneficial to be able to rely on sports psychologist Marissa Norman, of Premier Sports Psychology, as part of the Junior HP program.
Norman, a former three-time conference champion in track and field at the University of Rhode Island, meets twice a month both with each team and also with each individual in the program.
“Being able to focus and concentrate, we (younger curlers) are not very good at that sometimes,” Sam said. “The mental side of the game is a huge part.”
“She’s absolutely amazing,” Delaney said of Norman. “I know (that sports psychology) is going to come into huge play throughout the season. Everybody needs to be talked to in a different way.”
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