The sound of granite stones sliding down a sheet of ice glazed through the air of the Curling Club on Saturday, March 9, at the 2nd annual Just For Fun Mixed Bonspiel. Ten rinks participated in 3 four-end games. A mix of young and old curlers, and every age in between, brought forth their individual talents and expertise for “Good curling!”, as they say.
“The interaction between the seniors and the kids is great to see”, says Ashley Brown, whose 10-year-old daughter, Willow, was one of the bonspiel’s participants. Amanda Renwick, whose daughter Autumn also curls, agreed. “The atmosphere is wonderful. Everybody’s laughing, everybody’s joking.” Renwick goes on to say, “I think the cool thing about the Melita Curling Club is sometimes they curl with the seniors and then the seniors teach them so much... “We go upstairs after to have coffee and cupcakes, and the kids are sitting with the seniors and laughing away...get to know them a bit better.”
The Just For Fun Mixed Bonspiel is a fairly new event, born out of a need for junior curlers to play in a bonspiel. “We don’t have enough junior curlers to have our own bonspiel”, says organizer, Monica Skelton. “So we have to have it an open mixed bonspiel...it’s for men, ladies, seniors, and junior’s. That’s why we have all different ages curling together”.
“The good thing about this bonspiel is it’s not just for locals. Anybody can come and curl at it”, says Brown.
“My favourite thing about it is to be able to curl with my daughter”, smiles
The camaraderie under the bright lights of the Curling Club strengthens a community, young and old alike.
Skelton adds, “Sometimes the kids like to curl with their grandma or grandpa, or somebody that used to curl years ago. So that gets them back curling again.”
Val Dobbyn, a member of the Melita Ladies Curling league, states, “I quit curling when I had kids in hockey… and then came back to it. The seniors love it and the kids love it”.