Curling Canada – 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Staying on top of the numbers

Championship curling, as is the case with every major sporting event contested at the national level, always comes down to the numbers – especially the ones on the time clocks and scoreboards.

When the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts comes to Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place, Feb. 14-22, Lorraine Arguin will play a critical role in making sure all the numbers make sense.

Arguin, along with Al Empey, will be co-chairing the committee responsible for officials, stats and timers when the top shooters in the game compete for the Canadian women’s curling championship next February.

Lorraine Arguin in action at the 2014 Canadian Seniors Championship in Yellowknife (CCA Photo)

Lorraine Arguin in action at the 2014 Canadian Seniors Championship in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

“It’s a really good job,” says Arguin, who served in a similar capacity during the 2012 Canada Cup that was held in Moose Jaw. “I’ve done it for a number of years, including Briers and world championships when they’ve taken place in Saskatchewan.”

One of the best aspects of this volunteer role for Arguin is being in the middle of the action in the arena for all nine days when the games are being played.

“A lot of the volunteers for the Scotties will be working jobs outside the arena. We get to watch all the curling right down at ice level where you’re close to everything. You have some interaction with the competitors and the chance to see everything going on behind the scenes.”

With four games underway during round robin draws, leading up to potential tie-breakers and the playoffs, the challenge of managing scoring, time-keeping and statistics for every player’s shots, for every game, requires a team of over 40 volunteers.

Arguin is quick to point out that recruiting volunteers in Moose Jaw is never a problem.

“We have so many people that are ready to get involved, regardless of the event,” she says.

A physiotherapist in her professional life, Arguin is a prime example of the volunteer spirit that is so important to the community. She is also involved in the sport as coach of Moose Jaw’s wheelchair curling program. “When I’m not out on the ice curling, I’m out there coaching.”

In 2012 the wheelchair team won the gold medal at the Canadian championship. Arguin’s greatest achievement as a competitor came last season when her team represented Saskatchewan at the Canadian senior women’s curling championship in Yellowknife and brought home the silver medal. She is a two-time winner of the provincial intermediate championship and has competed three times in the provincial Scotties playdowns.

The 2012 Canada Cup that set a new attendance record for the event was “energizing” for the city, says Arguin. And, with respect to the numbers in the stands at Mosaic Place in February: “I think we’ll have great crowds for the Scotties as well. There’s a lot of interest, not only in Moose Jaw but throughout the province as well. If you look at past events in Regina and Saskatoon, curling always does well in Saskatchewan.

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