For those who have the itch to draw to the button and perfect the double takeout this winter, time is running out to register for the upcoming Fort St. John Curling Club season. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 10, so the club can put the schedule together in time for the leagues to start the week of Oct. 15.
To register, call club general manager Trudy Mitchell at 250-785-2037 or 250-262-7247. The ladies league will continue on Tuesday nights, mens on Wednesday, and the mixed curling league goes Thursday nights. A discount is available for those who want to join two leagues.
The club, which has had financial troubles the past couple years, is in much better shape, thanks in part to a grant from the City of Fort St. John, a fundraiser that raised $33,000, and new leadership from Mitchell and president Connie Richter. Mitchell said the club is eager to move forward and excited for the upcoming season.
“We feel pretty good about what we’ve done so far. We’re progressing, and are just waiting for more members to join and register,” Mitchell said.
One reason to join this year is the brand new rocks that the club purchased for this season. The rocks have arrived and will be ready to go for the start of the season.
The club is trying out two new things this year to get more people out to the rink this winter. The first is the Try-It program, an initiative suggested by the city, which provides new curlers the chance to receive instruction on a weekly basis, free of charge. Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, and continuing weekly until Dec. 3, anyone over the age of nine, be they children or adults, can come to the rink 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to learn, practice and play the game of curling.
The program is free of charge, though a small, one-time fee is required to rent a broom and slider for the season. Those who want to join the program must register beforehand.
“It’s a great, inexpensive way to learn the game, and we’ll have good instructors every week. It’s also available for those who used to curl and want to get back into the sport,” said Mitchell.
The other thing the club is trying is a Friday Social Night. No dates are set yet, but on various Friday nights throughout the winter, the club will be open to anyone in the community who wants to come out to play a game with friends, or meet some new ones, and enjoy a meal. Membership won’t be required for the social nights.
The first bonspiel of the year is for club members only, Oct. 26 to 28.
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