NANAIMO – The 2019 portion of the curling season is underway with a lot of activity at the local club.
This weekend is the first major event of the new year with the Men's Rock the Ice Bonspiel Friday to Sunday.
As many as 32 teams are expected to participate.
Right after the men's tournament wraps up the Nanaimo Curling Club will hold their Club Championship Week.
That will run right through until the 17th.
A Senior's Bonspiel will go on January 25thwith the Ladies Bonspiel slated for February 1st.
Club general manager Andrea Trepanier says the NCC will also host a PCMCA masters event in February as well as the BC Club Challenge Island Playdowns.
The highest profile tournament coming up would have to be the BC Provincial Masters Championship which Nanaimo will host on March the 5th.
Trepanier says the club has about 700 members right now with leagues for all ages and skill levels.
She says there's heavy interest from seniors, and their junior and novice programs are growing, but the Nanaimo club would like to see people come out between those two age groups.
“We really need to look at some of these people in the 20's and 30's and get them out on the ice,” said Trepanier. “We do some user groups, we do some rentals for parties et cetera. It's a really fun sport and very social.”
The club is open every day of the week except Saturdays, with the exception of when there's a bonspiel.Trepanier hopes more people from the community will come out and try curling for themselves.
She says there are a number of different ice times available to accommodate most peoples schedules, and with the club undergoing a total melt of the ice over the Christmas holidays they have some really great curling ice right now.
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