Maniwaki, Que., may get federal approval, as part of Canada’s Action Plan, to proceed with building a three sheet curling facility.
There’s a current curling club, Club de curling Vallee de la Gatineau, but the curling takes place a couple of times a week in a hockey arena. According to the club’s president, Daniel Logue, dogged work by various curlers not only started curling in the arena, but spurred the municipality to spearhead work on a dedicated curling facility.
Logue recalled that curling began one Christmas in 1999 after someone found curling rocks in storage. That one-time event grew to once a week by 2000 with 40 curlers. The numbers continued to grow, the club was incorporated and the quest for money began.
There have been ongoing efforts over the years and the latest development is that in the fall of 2009, the feds asked for a proposal where three levels of government would each contribute $600,000. The application went to Ottawa Jan. 25.
“The time is right,” said Logue. “If it doesn’t happen now, I don’t know when all the elements will be aligned like this.”
Chris Gardner’s Arnprior team won the province’s mixed crown on Sunday, beating Peter Mellor of Kitchener 8-3. Gardner’s team of Erin Morrissey, Brad Kidd and Kim Brown advance to the nationals in November. In senior mixed, Ottawa’s Layne Noble was runner-up to Guelph’s Walter Johnson.
Odds & ends
Gatineau’s Michael Raby successfully defended his Canadian deaf championship last weekend with his western Quebec-based rink of Andre Guillemette, David Joseph, Michel Cyr and Guy Morin. Raby’s rink will represent Canada at the Deaflympics in Tatras, Slovakia next February. In the same competition, Team Ontario’s men from Ottawa (David Morton, Roch Cyr, Ryan McGuire and Dimitra-Jean Paul were fifth, but won the Most Sportsmanship Team award.
The CBC will air the women’s and men’s finals of the Grey Power Player’s championship this weekend. The women’s final is Saturday at 6:30 p.m., followed by the men’s final on Sunday at noon.
Until next season, I bid all of you a relaxed summer.