Community tries curling at HCC

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

CARP – The kick-off to the West Carleton curling season got underway in Carp over Thanksgiving weekend with the Huntley Curling Club (HCC) welcoming back returning members and inviting new curlers to come out and give the sport a try.

West Carleton’s only curling club opened the ice to member practice Thanksgiving weekend.

The HCC hosted a member clinic on Saturday, Oct. 15, led by Lidia and Dave Cormier. Roughly 28 relatively new members showed up to receive skilled instruction ono the basics as well as details to playing competitive curling.

Around 10 volunteers helped lead the clinics.

The next day (Sunday, Oct. 15) the club hosted a Try Curling event free to the community. Around 40 people signed up for the event led by HCC board member Jim Collings and run by club volunteers.

“Everyone enjoyed it and we expect to have several of them join our adult and youth Learn to Curl programs in January, as well as a few directly into our leagues,” Collings told West Carleton Online. “Huntley Curling Club has kicked off a great start to their 2022-23 season. All events were well attended, with many skilled member volunteers on hand to provide instruction. We plan to make these annual events, to give our people back their curling legs, and to provide interest for members of the public to get involved with curling.”

For HCC members, league play began Tuesday, Oct. 11. There are a variety of different divisions throughout the week.

There is room in both the HCC’s Adult and Youth Learn-to-Curl programs, which start in January.

“If anyone feels they may have a career in curling, or just want to have some fun,” Collings joked.

For more information or to register for any league or program, visit the Huntley Curling Club website

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