Rocque's background handy in work with Chinese teams

Marcel Rocque was coaching China's national men's team at the Leduc Curling Club on Thursday....

Marcel Rocque was coaching China's national men's team at the Leduc Curling Club on Thursday. (Randy Olson/Leduc Curling Club)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 AM ET

After many years wearing Team Canada jackets as lead for the legendary Randy Ferbey rink, wearing a Team China jacket has been an adventure for Marcel Rocque.

Since the Ferbey Four ran its course a couple of seasons back, Rocque had been pursuing his teaching career and getting involved with Canadian Curling Association coaching programs.

So, when he was approached by Chinese officials at the 2013 world championship in Victoria about a coaching gig earlier this year, Rocque jumped at the chance.

Just over three months into his 10-month contract, Rocque has no regrets.

Thursday morning, he had a practice session with the men’s teams, who will be throwing rocks at the inaugural $50,000 Fall Classic at the Crestwood Club this weekend.

Then, it was off to an afternoon practice session in Calgary with Bingyu (Betty) Wang, as the 2009 world champion gets ready for the $50,000 Autumn Gold Grand Slam event at the Calgary Club.

“It’s been fantastic,” said


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