Peace Curling Tour welcomes new teams with Special Olympics division

The final draw of the 2019 Fort St. John Cash Spiel on December 8 illustrated perfectly the Peace Curling Tour’s goal to bring all curlers together in competition.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m., there were the competitive and challenge division finals taking place simultaneously with both the junior divion finals and Special Olympics final, with every game featuring the same excitement and intensity.

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Team Webb edged out Team Ginter in an extra end to win the competitive division final 7-6, while Team Maxwell beat Team Heartt by the same score in the challenge division final.

“Our goal when we started the Peace Curling Tour was to sustain curling in the region. We’ve given curlers an opportunitiy to socialize and play competitively on a regular basis and now with both the junior and Special Olympics program we’ve gone over and above that,” said Colin Griffith, the tour’s president.

The Special Olympics Division, featuring the Fort St. John Lightning and Dawson Creek Tornadoes, is new to the 2019 tour, and gives the two teams a chance to compete regularly, and be part of a larger event.

“There are only four Special Olympics curlers in each of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, so being asked to join this tour gives the athletes a chance to play regularly, improve, and compete alongside everyone else,” said Donna Stolk, coach of the Lightning.

The Lightning, skipped by Levi Fowler, lost its first game 7-5 to the Tornadoes, but scored four in the final end of game two to win 6-4. The two teams will be joined by two Grande Prairie teams at the Tour Championship in Sexsmith, January 10 to 14, to compete for the cash prize.

The cash spiel as a whole was very successful, with 22 teams taking part in the final qualifying event for the Peace Curling Tour Championship.

“The committee, led by Glen Godberson, did such a great job and continued the long tradition of holding a successful cash spiel in Fort St. John.  

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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