Terrace curling club engaging new curlers in funspiel

For new curlers, learning the rigid launch position and mastering the measured release is an art that looks much easier than it actually is.

Memora Nabeshima shoots a rock toward the house

For new curlers, learning the rigid launch position and mastering the measured and gentle release of the rock is an art that looks much easier than it actually is.

But rigid is hardly the way to describe curling, and the Terrace club director Leanne Billson says it is the fun social aspect that a lot of curlers enjoy.

“It is a game you need to think about and learn more etiquette than anything else, but it is a lot of fun to be on a team and just be there for a good time,” she said.

That fun, and the laughter of new curlers as they tried out different positions, filled the rink at the recent Funspiel at the Terrace Curling Club Nov. 7.

Organizer Lisa Bulleid said there were 20 teams, mostly from local businesses, and it was a good mixture of new and novice curlers.

“Everyone that came out seemed to have a good time,” she said.

Sponsored by Sherwood Brewery, the goal of the event is introduce people to curling and enjoy some fun and friendly competition and Bulleid says it often recruits people into the regular weekday league.

Billson said numbers are up in the curling club this year, with a particular rise in junior curlers and new curlers in their 20s.

“This is a good sign as this is the future of our club,” Billson said, adding that there are discounts for players under 30 and seniors which add extra incentive.

The weekday leagues includes a Monday junior league and novice instruction program, Tuesday open league, Wednesday ladies, Thursday mens and Friday mixed league.

Their next bonspiel is a turkey shoot on Dec. 20 which starts at 2 p.m. and lasts a few hours with beverages and finger foods, Billson said.

New and seasoned curlers will have two to four tries to shoot for the button (bullseye). They earn points based on how close their rocks land and the person with the most points wins Christmas dinner, Billson said.

Just Posted

CN Rail workers strike in Terrace as part of national movement

Employees say long, unpredictable hours are a public safety concern

Terrace RCMP say death of Kamloops man in Thornhill non-suspicious

Blaine Frisk was found unresponsive by the side of the road, died hours later

Volunteers organize annual clean up of illegal dumping sites

Waste found by Copper River included an abandoned RV, leaking batteries

Terrace’s “free store” reopens following generous donation

Ksan Society’s donation room will run again until April 2020

VIDEO: ‘Climate emergency’ is Oxford’s 2019 Word of the Year

Other words on the shortlist included ‘extinction,’ ‘climate denial’ and ‘eco-anxiety’

Canucks erupt with 5 power-play goals in win over Nashville

Vancouver ends three-game slide with 6-3 triumph over Predators

65-million-year-old triceratops makes its debut in Victoria

Dino Lab Inc. is excavating the fossilized remains of a 65-million-year-old dinosaur

B.C. widow suing health authority after ‘untreatable’ superbug killed her husband

New Public Agency Health report puts Canadian death toll at 5,400 in 2018

Changes to B.C. building code address secondary suites, energy efficiency

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the changes will help create more affordable housing

Security guard at Kamloops music festival gets three years for sexually assaulting concertgoer

Shawn Christopher Gray walked the woman home after she became seperated from her friends, court heard

Algae bloom killing farmed fish on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

DFO says four Cermaq Canada salmon farms affected, fish not infectious

Most Read