From: Warren Betker
Club name: Weyburn Curling Club
On July 1 1998, I received a phone call while driving my young daughters to a swim meet. I pulled over on the highway and was told my father had been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer and was not expected to live until Christmas of that year.
As a family, we decided that someone would stay with my dad in the hospital each night until he was well enough to return home. A few nights later it was my turn.
We played some cribbage that night and talked of many things. Eventually our discussion took us back to an early fall evening when I was in grade 8 or 9.
I had noticed an ad in the Regina Leader Post offering a learn to curl and play badminton opportunity at the Wascana Winter Club. I wanted to go. When I expressed interest, so did my older brother and my younger sister. The problem was the cost was $25 per person and our family didn’t have that money. My parents were both from rural Saskatchewan and had grown up curling. They wanted us kids to have that opportunity too. So we negotiated. To just join the curling club was $17 per person and a total cost of $51 was manageable for my parents.
What I hadn’t known until that night in the hospital, was that in discussions between my mom and dad some 25 years earlier they had agreed to scale back Christmas presents to each other so we could learn to curl.
As he lay in his hospital bed, with tears in his eyes, he told me it was the best $50 he had ever spent.
You see, earlier that winter, I had competed in my second national Mixed Curling Championship in Owen Sound, Ontario. But more significantly, in February of that year my younger sister had returned from Nagano, Japan with an Olympic Gold Medal for curling. That was the pinnacle of a career that included three Canadian and three World Curling Championships.
My younger sister is Jan Betker, recently voted the top woman third to ever play the game and part of the Sandra Schmirler team deemed to be the greatest women’s curling team of all time.
In his last years my father, with my mother, enjoyed countless hours cheering on the Schmirler foursome as they competed across Canada and the world.
He passed away in mid November of 1998.
Club name: Yellowknife Curling Centre
When you play such an awesome sport there is never just one memory or story to share!
The ladies on my team were not only teammates but more like best friends ️
To all the other curlers I have meet over the years we will always have memories to share and look back on.
My favourite time of the year was the summer when we went to curling camp! Those were the best memories. By the way if your kid wants to go to a curling camp send them to Whitecap Curling Academy. I think it’s the best!
My boyfriend curled for the first time last year.
He’s a Plumber; they’re not used to playing with frozen water but they had so much fun last year that they’ll be curling in the same bonspiel/fund raiser again this year! A young girl I have recently met who has never curled before, I heard the first day she slid out of the hack she had great form like she’s been curling for years.
You never know until you try right?
Curling is a great sport to try because anyone at any age can play. You will love it!
You’ll always catch me and Yellowknife cheering on the great curlers curling out of the Yellowknife Curling Centre
I will never quit curling. I can’t wait to get back on the ice one day!
I’ll be happy if this post encourages you to at least try this amazing sport.
*P.s Hope I’m not late*
From: Patricia Proskurniak
Club name: Manning Curling Club
I am not a member of the Manning Curling Club, I am the Program Manager for Manning Regional Victim Services Society, located in Manning, Alberta.
Today, February 23, 2019 our Society hosted our Annual 2×2 Bonspiel at the Manning Curling Rink. Two adults and two children. If you can push a rock, even just a little bit, you can be on a team. We get children of all ages and adults of all ages. Teams can consist of parents with their children, grandparents with their grandchildren, aunts and uncles curling with their nieces and nephews.
Today was a bit of a challenge because we usually get 16 teams entered and sometimes even 18 teams. But this year we had 8. While this isn’t a fundraiser for our group, more of an Awareness Event, it was still a bit disappointing to get only half the teams we usually get. I was wondering about it and other people informed me that our small community had a hockey rink with games all day, 4-H was hosting a Speak-Off, and the high school was having a basketball tournament. Just simple bad timing.
So while the entries were down the level of fun was high! I looked around all day listening to kids really enjoying themselves. We have a jar filled with candies and the kids guess how many candies are in the jar. Once everyone has curled their 3 games we go upstairs and announce the team who had the most points, they won T-shirts donated by a local graphics business. Another local business covered the cost of lunch for the children from the food booth at the Curling Rink. This annual event is a real community effort.
Then onto the real excitement of who guessed the closest to the correct amount of candies in the jar! The excitement is real because the winner rides away on a brand new bike! This donated by another local logging business. The 2nd best guess gets the Candy Jar.
Everyone is tired at the end of the day but it really is one of those “good tired’s” and that was how we spent Curling Day in Canada!
From: Glenn Darichuk
Club name: Acadia Curling Club
I am the Troop Leader of the 253rd South Heritage Scout group in Calgary Alberta. The weekend of Feb 22-24, our Scouts and Cubs along with the Scouts from the 118th St Andrews Group were at a camp in Banff. Realizing that we would be there for Curling Day in Canada, I arranged for our Groups to spend a couple hours on the ice at the Banff Curling Club. I am also a Club Coach and Trained Competition Coach, so I gave everyone a history lesson on curling, then a 1 hour on ice lesson followed by a 1 hour game. Everyone had a blast and many tried curling for the first time.
We may have some new curlers in the near future!
From: Matt Christian
Club name: Silverfox – Summerside, PE
This is the story of how curling helped make moving to a new town a little easier.In the summer of 2017 our family decided to make a pretty big change; we would be moving from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Summerside, PEI. As with any relocation, there were pros and cons that came with our decision. One of our biggest reservations was how the move would affect our two children, Liam and Camille. Camille was only four-years old at the time, so we knew that she would likely take it all in stride.
But, Liam was seven. He would be leaving his grade-one friends and starting grade-two at a new school in a new province. Even though Liam is a pretty easy-going boy, we wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to make the transition easier for him.This is where curling comes in. Liam has always been a thinker. He loves puzzles and games of strategy. Liam loves sitting down with us to watch curling. He loves understanding the approach and the angles. And when he got the chance to see the St. John’s Brier in person, Liam couldn’t take his eyes off the ice. That summer we made the move to Summerside. One of the things we love about our new city is how family-oriented it is.
When we sat down to talk about what activities the kids might like to try, curling was at the top of the list for Liam.Just a month into the new school year, we registered Liam for Little Rockers at the Silver Fox Curling Club. The program was everything we could have hoped for. Shelley was a superstar junior coach, always positive, always available and very knowledgeable. She made Liam feel welcome and a part of the team immediately. As I think back, she was really making Liam feel welcome on a much bigger scale. It was about that time when Liam started feeling like Summerside was home.Liam’s first year of curling was awesome. He learned a lot and loved heading to the Silver Fox on Monday evenings. During the summer, when people would ask if he played hockey, Liam would proudly say “no, I’m a curler.”Liam is now in his second year of Little Rockers.
This year, Shelley has passed the baton to Miranda and Jami; both are absolutely amazing. Liam is now looking forward to the next funspiel; he is playing with curlers a few years older than him. Two years ago, he would have been too shy to even think of playing a sport with the older kids. But that was before curling. Curling has already given Liam so much. On top of learning life skills like sportsmanship, teamwork and perseverance, curling has allowed Liam to make new friends, gain confidence and genuinely feel like he is part of his new community. Curling Rocks