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

PHOTO GALLERY: Malicous Monster Truck Tour

The Malicious Monster Truck Tour sold out to crowds of 2,500 people… Continue reading

CMTN First Nations Fine Arts program offers new advanced diploma

The 10-month program will focus on enhancing jewellery, sculpture and marketing skills

Terrace spawns new salmon art festival

This week’s featured artist: Casey Braam

Back in buisness: former Sears franchisees go it alone

Boota and Diljit Uppal’s new store opens in same location

Terrace minor softball wins big at provincials

U14 team won gold, U16 team nabbed silver in nail-biter finish, U12 placed fourth

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

Most Read