Best in province coming to SACCC

PORT HAWKESBURY: Starting tomorrow (March 14) the very best curlers in Nova Scotia will visit the Strait Area Community Curling Club (SACCC) to take part in a major provincial-level event, the Nova Scotia Curling Mixed Championship. The event runs until Sunday.

“It you go to any of our curing league nights, it’s what everybody’s talking about. And with our club, all the members are saying ‘how can I help’ which is a very nice thing,” said Jill Landry, who handles communications for the SACCC.

“The members of the club take great pride in everything they do. The caliber of the volunteers we have here is incredible. I’ve curled out of a couple of other rinks where you had dripping ceilings and had to avoid the bumps on the ice. Here, I’m blown away by how the club takes pride in everything they do.

“We’re very excited. We’re hoping we can do this for the next couple of years.”

The championship will consist of seven teams battling for the title of Nova Scotia’s Mixed Champions, and the local area will be represented. With Skip Barry Thompson, local curlers Meranda Fitzgerald, Tom Wagar, and Iris Stanley will play the province’s best.

The winner will go on to nationals to play in Canada Curling Mixed Championship. Past Scotties Tournament of Hearts champions and players will be in attendance, as well as Brier contenders.

The weekend is open to the public with no admission; however, all non-members must sign in at the bar. Folks are invited to come by the club to see the great action, Landry said, adding that the club is always happy to see new folks join up.

“When you get to bring something like this to town, we’re hoping people will see this is something they can do for fun,” she said. “This is a pretty big deal around here.

“We have high profile curlers like Colleen Jones coming in. If anyone’s ever watched curling, that’s a staple name for this province. To pull them out, and plant the curling bug, we’re hoping it will help to bring some more people out.”

Jones will be one of the curlers competing at the mixed championship.

“To see curling like this will be phenomenal, and to not have to pay for it is even better,” Landry added.