Trail Junior curlers host bonspiel

The Trail Junior Curling Club will see 16 teams compete in its annual bonspiel this year.

Greater Trail’s top junior curlers will hit the hack against the region’s best as the Trail Curling Club hosts the Trail Junior Curling Bonspiel this weekend.

A record 16 teams of players ages nine to 19 from Trail, Rossland, Nelson, Grand Forks, and Castlegar will compete in the annual bonspiel on Saturday.

“We’ll have four teams from Trail, and 12 from out of town, so that’s pretty darn good for Juniors,” said organizer Cal McKerricher. “It’s twice as many as we usually have.”

The junior program in Trail has blossomed in recent years with 16 teams participating in the Trail Junior Curling Club, says McKerricher.

“It’s the most we’ve had for about four or five years.”

In addition, Rossland started its junior program two years ago and will send three teams to the bonspiel, with the same number coming from Nelson, Castlegar, and Grand Forks. Through the season, each city takes turns putting on a bonspiel, which helps promote the sport, and builds confidence, camaraderie, and good sportsmanship, while providing a competitive and fun environment for junior curlers.

Curling Canada’s Rocks and Rings program has also played a major part in growing participation, says McKerricher. The program visits elementary schools and introduces potential young curlers to the sport by piquing interest with indoor floor-curling equipment that imitates the true curling experience – without the ice.

“We’ve doubled over the last few years … just word of mouth and going to schools where they put on these Rocks and Rings in the gym. It gets kids interested.”

The bonspiel draws go at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.


Just Posted

Threatened species found nesting at Teck Trail

Canadian data collected from 1968 to 2005 show an 80 per cent decline of the Common Nighthawk

Pitching proportional representation

Advocates say about half of population is aware of referendum

Genesis of a Trail mural

Toews is planning to begin painting the mural next week

RAM Camp opens next week, all musicians welcome

You don’t have to be accomplished to go to the two-day camp, organizers say

Lost sheep returned to the fold — stolen sculpture reappears

The Castlegar Sculpturewalk sculpture was reported missing Tuesday.

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Pot, cash, mansions: Judge divvies up illegal estate of divorcing B.C. couple

The Smiths ran a multi-million marijuana operation that spanned three counties

Most Read