Ready to rock the curling season

Hurry! Hard!  The Hay River Curling Club doesn’t want anyone to miss out on the season. 

With new programs, clinics, upcoming tournaments and the regular league season now in full swing, club president Davida Delorey said she’s hoping more people come out to play the sport she’s spent the last 30 years raving about. 

“We are looking forward to a successful year,” said Delorey.

“Our numbers are up from the last two years or holding their own.”

This year the club will be trying a few new things.

This weekend, they’ll be hosting a parents and tots curling as well as an officiating clinic to get ready for upcoming tournaments. They’ll be hosting the Men’s Territorial Championships this year as well as the Firefighters Championships in February.

They’ll also host the territorial school championships.

Headed up by Deb Stanley, this year’s open league has nine teams while Glenn Smith organizes eight teams in the corporate league games on Friday nights.

Last season, four club members attended the Men’s Master Nationals in Winnipeg.

They were all between the ages of 60 and 70. As well, a junior ladies team attended the U18 in Toronto after achieving a second place finish in the territorial championships.

The club is also going to try open doubles midweek.

For those just starting out, the club has equipment to loan. Delorey encourages people of all ages to give curling a whirl.

“Come out and try,” said Delorey.

“If you don’t know anything about curling and would like to find out and to see if you like the sport. You can curl in Grade 1 and you can curl when you’re 60. It’s a generation sport.”

The officiating clinic will take place this weekend, as well as parents and tots curling. It begins this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am and seniors curling is Tuesday mornings starting this week.

And for those who want to brush up on their skills, a curling clinic will be held this weekend.

A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the club.

For more information, contact Delorey or Gary Hoffman.