Around the House
Curling teams come in many shapes and sizes, but how often does a team made up of four generations hit the ice together? For Ray Bullas and his daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter, it’s an annual tradition.
The glass may have been foggy for spectators, and there may have been a few ice bumps thanks to the humid, rainy weather, but that didn’t stop hundreds of curlers – and non-curlers – from congregating at the Guelph Curling Club on Saturday, September 21 to kick off the club’s 175th anniversary season.
Four days. Six hours in the classroom. Six hours at fitness practice. Twelve hours on the ice. One dance and one massive team shoot out.
Listen! Can you hear it? That’s the sound of skips calling and rocks sliding on the ice as another season gets underway. Ice techs, club managers, league conveners, coaches, and curlers of all ages – let’s not forget fans, too – are ramping up for the 2013-2014 season.
It might be the middle of a heat wave in central Alberta, but the ice is in at the Leduc Curling Club and over 200 kids are ready to curl!
The action on the curling ice may be wrapping up for another season, but many curling facilities still maintain a presence all year long – online. A perfect example is Northern Ontario’s North Bay Granite Club, which has a thriving website and social media platform to keep curlers engaged in club activities throughout the season and beyond.
Following the first-ever Wheelchair Curling Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) Summit earlier this winter, athletes and coaches around the country have been trying out new best practices in order to further the sport in Canada.
It’s championship season in Canada for all sorts of curlers – including more than just the high-profile teams seen on the national and world stage.
It’s championship season on the Canadian curling scene, and even though every championship isn’t a juggernaut like, say, the Tim Hortons Brier, each one requires a tremendous contribution by organizing committees, volunteers and, in some cases, curling facility staff and club members.
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is coming to Kingston, and one of its biggest fans can’t wait. He’s a competitive curler, a fundraiser for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, as well as the author of a blog devoted to this year’s Scotties. He’ll also be marching onto the ice at the K-Rock Centre as one of the event’s Junior Stars. Meet Bilal Islam, age 13, and hooked on curling.
Curlers and community members, including 27 past presidents of the Chatham Granite Curling Club in Chatham, Ont., gathered on Nov. 10 to celebrate and reminisce about 150 years of curling tradition that began simply with a few players throwing stones on the frozen Thames River .
When Ontario’s Ayr Curling Club recognized that energy consumption generated the most costs to the facility, the club’s Board of Directors decided it was time to take action. With the aid of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant – and the efforts of many club members who volunteered their time and energy – Ayr CC set about making significant improvements that will have long-term benefits to its members.
The National Hockey League may still be out of action, but a group of NHL hockey players with some free time and a fundraising goal recently turned up in British Columbia to play on a different kind of ice – at the Kelowna Curling Club.
When Carl Delaney took over management of the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in 1991, his mandate was to make the club profitable. Using some creative ideas for a big-ticket fundraising draw, and some terrific partners, volunteers, and participants, he found a way.
Centennial celebrations continue at the Vancouver Curling Club, and the season has already been busy with bonspiels and banquets. Among the highlights was a special photo shoot: VCC members assembled on the ice in an effort to recreate a 1949 image from the club’s archives.