With winter just around the corner, curling season is upon us and the Golden Curling Club has opened up its doors for another season, with very few changes on the dockett this year.
“Nothing really changes in curling,” club president and longtime curler Gilles St. Yves said with a laugh.
The sport’s loyal participants will notice a couple of small changes, however, including renovations to the club’s stairwell. League nights have also been switched around, with mixed league scheduled for Friday evenings and men’s league set to go on Tuesday nights.
Drop-in curling will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Registration for the season is $30, with league fees being added on top of that.
According to St. Yves, curling remains one of the least expensive sports in Golden.
As always, the club will host a few Bonspiel nights throughout the year, including one on Nov. 24 to coincide with the Grey Cup. The fellowship of the sport is what St. Yves, and most regulars at the club, enjoy about the sport.
“[I enjoy] the social part of it. My competitveness is gone. Back in the 80s, I was curling competitvely, but it outgrows you. I play for fun now,” he said.
St. Yves is encouraging those without an curling experience to come out and give it a try especially kids, who aren’t often seen at the curling rink.
“I heard a couple of years ago that curling wasn’t cool,” said St. Yves with a smile. “Yet other kids love it.”
Those who are interested in signing up, taking lessons or looking to rent the facilty can contact St. Yves at 250-344-7457 or Club secretary Phyllis McTaggart at 250-344-1304.