Hope Curling Club introduces youth program

Weekly sessions will run Tuesdays starting in November

Jacob and Clarie Medlock are joining the youth curling program starting on Tuesdays in November. The weekly sessions for Grade 5-7 students will run until the end of the season.

Jacob and Clarie Medlock are joining the youth curling program starting on Tuesdays in November. The weekly sessions for Grade 5-7 students will run until the end of the season.

Faced with the shutting down of women’s curling last year — and a significant drop in the last year’s men’s bonspiel registrations — the Hope Curling Club has decided on a few new paths to help build interest in the sport locally.

A critical route is to get the game introduced to school students, so the club is working on attracting players from Grade 5 to 12 for two programs that would run on Tuesdays, starting in November.

Carrie Martindale has taken on the job of advertising the youth and junior programs and fellow club members Seamus Shields and David Radmore are onboard to help run the programs.

Martindale said she curled in Community Recreation 12, when she was at Hope Secondary in the 1980s, but has just gotten back into the game in the last two years.

“I’m playing in the Thursday open league and I’m loving it,” said Martindale.

The proposal is to start on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and continue on to the end of the season in March. Grade 5 to 7 players would meet after school and high school sessions would start after supper.

“The cost is only $35 and brooms and sliders are provided,” said Martindale. “All you need are clean running shoes.”

When the women’s Tuesday league shut down, that left the club with vacant ice — which they’re now using for player development.

Longtime club ice man Roman Petryk said, “We’re telling people who are new to the game to come out and try it on Tuesdays. We’re also there to help players who want to improve their skills.

“The Monday men’s league has nine teams, which is up from seven last year,” added Petryk.

“Some of the young guys have got their friends joining up — and we have a few players who are new to town.

“Mixed curling on Wednesdays has eight teams, the same as last year,” he said, “and we’re working on getting six teams for the Thursday Open night.”

The open teams can have any combination of men and women on their rosters.

Last year’s low of only 16 foursomes in the men’s bonspiel has caused the Hope club to try a combined men’s and women’s bonspiel, which will run on the Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 weekend.

“Lillooet has been doing that for about the last 10 years,” said Petryk. “They have to, to get the numbers in.”

In mid-February, the club will host the four-day BC Firemen’s Bonspiel. This is the third time Hope has hosted the event.

Petryk said the numbers are also down for the Firemen’s spiel, so the club can run all of the draws in-house, without having to use the arena ice, as they have in the past.

Rounding out the season will be the annual Mixed Bonspiel on the first weekend of March — followed in mid-March by the Nisei event, which brings together the descendants of Japanese immigrants.

For more information about youth curling or to register, contact Hope Curling Club at 604-869-5119 or Petryk at 604-869-9344.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sheriff Avory Chapman was last seen Jan. 20 on Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack. (RCMP)
RCMP look for missing man last seen in downtown Chilliwack

21-year-old Sheriff Avory Chapman has been missing since Jan. 20

A worker is seen throwing a chicken in an undercover video in 2017 filmed by California-based animal rights activists Mercy For Animals.
Fraser Valley chicken abuse trial delayed until February

Originally scheduled for a jury trial, Sofina and Chilliwack company now face judge alone

Recently elected NDP MLA Kelli Paddon is funding three $500 scholarships for students demonstrating a commitment to equity and social change. (Black Press file photo)
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon funding Equity and Social Change Scholarships

One of the scholarships is open to any graduating student in the Chilliwack-Kent electoral district

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane towed across Chilliwack over weekend

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is permanently closing, with plans to eventually set up in Armstrong, B.C. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Abbotsford Tulip Festival is closing, with plans to rebloom in Armstrong

Event organizer says pandemic and sale of land were factors in decision

Rose Sawka, 91, waves to her son through the window of a care home in Prince Rupert in October. Residents of the care home received their first vaccine dose Jan. 20. (K-J Millar/The Northern View)
B.C. care home visitor access to expand by March, Dix says

Staff, residents, essential visitors top priorities for vaccine

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is looking into the death of man discovered Jan. 11 in east Maple Ridge. (Black Press files)
B.C.’s police watchdog investigating man’s death in Maple Ridge

Man was found dead Jan. 11 after recent contact with police

Chilliwack Law Courts. (Black Press file)
Man sentenced to 20 months for sexual offences involving a minor in Mission

Will Laws Clark was 22 and victim was 13 at time offences began

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. Two more cases of the COVID-19 strain first identified in South Africa have been diagnosed in British Columbia, bringing the total to three as of Jan. 16.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. now has three cases of South African COVID-19 variant, six of U.K. strain

Both variants are thought to spread faster than earlier strains

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after being accused of sneaking into Yukon for vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Police discovered a makeshift nightclub in a Vancouver apartment on Jan. 23, 2021, and say it wasn’t the first time this month officers have been called to the unit over social gathering concerns. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Doorman of makeshift ‘booze-can’ in Vancouver apartment fined; police look to court order

This marks the fourth complaint about social gatherings inside the apartment in January

A Kelowna couple welcomed their Nooner baby in December. (Flytographer)
Kelowna couple welcomes baby girl from Hotel Zed Nooner campaign

Nicole and Alex will now have 18 years of free stays at the hotel

Kyrell Sopotyk was drafted by the Kamloops Blazers in 2016 and played two seasons with the Western Hockey League club. (Photograph By ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW)
Kamloops Blazer paralyzed in snowboarding accident sparks fundraiser for family

As of Jan. 24, more than $68,000 had been raised to help Kamloops Blazers’ forward Kyrell Sopotyk

Most Read