Howard rink's thinking pink

JOE PAVIA -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Most people think white at this time of year.

Some want green.

Glenn Howard's rink likes pink.

Prior to the beginning of this curling season, Scott Taylor from Balance Plus curling equipment decided to manufacture 108 of his gold-handled brushes with a pink handle.

His goal was to sell 100 "pinkies" and donate $100 per unit to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. They sold out quickly.

What to do with the other eight brooms?

He gave them to Howard's team and Anette Norberg's Swedish squad -- the two-time world champions and 2006 Olympic gold medallists.

The plan is to have people donate $10 to breast cancer research through either the Balance Plus or Howard website. The donor's name is then entered in a raffle for one of the eight autographed pink brooms.

The Howard rink, however, went one further, securing some pink shirts to wear whenever they play.

"We decided we would wear some pink shirts as well to try to bring more attention to the cause," said Team Howard lead Craig Savill. "It's something different that no other men's team is wearing."

Golf pro and team second Brent Laing came up with pink idea and found the shirts in a golf magazine.

The team plans selling the shirts to raise more money for the cause while also donating a portion of its sizeable winnings this season to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

If you wish to help out, log on to teamglennhoward.com or balanceplus.com.

STICKS AND STONES: The area's first stick curling bonspiels are approaching. One involves four players a side, while the other just two. On Jan. 12, the Ottawa facility will host the two-person stick curling 'spiel with two draws beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $50, including lunch and prizes. Contact Bob Goodson at 613-731-5989. The other event happens at the Granite Club of West Ottawa on Jan. 24. The four-player teams can be any combination of gender as long as everyone is 50 years of age by Dec. 31, 2007 and uses a delivery device to throw. This event is in fact a zone/regional qualifier to select the team from this area that will head to the new provincial eight-team, round-robin stick championship beginning April 1 at the Brant Curling Club. It's a sanctioned event under the auspices of Curl Ontario with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion. For more information, call Ann Campbell at the club, 613-722-1843.

TOO MUCH SHERRY: After the recent JSI Canada Cup Qualifier, media outlets, including this one, reported that Sherry Middaugh, would get one of the spots in the Strauss Canada Cup. A win at the latter assures the victor of a spot in the pre-Olympic Trials bonspiel. As it turns out, a computer error at the CCA had Middaugh receiving Canadian Team Ranking System points for a bonspiel that wasn't eligible. That means Middaugh's out and Edmonton's Deb Santos is in.

THIS WEEK IN CURLING: Several local junior teams are competing in the TCA bonspiel Friday and Saturday in Toronto. The winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to a Swiss event.


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