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Canadian Seniors Curling championships return to Digby


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Digby will be hosting the legends of curling again.

Digby Area Recreation has signed and returned a contract offer from Curling Canada to host the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in March 2016.

“The first time we hosted this, it was Colleen Jones first year being eligible,” said Bob Powell, director with Digby Area Recreation. “That’s Canada best female curler ever. Most of these people have either been to a Tournament of Hearts or a Brier. These are the legends of curling.”

[ LINK from March 2011: Recap of 2011 Canadian Senior Curling Championships ]

DARC first hosted the Canadian Seniors in March 2011 and impressed the curlers and followers with good ice and great hospitality.

“We established a pretty high bar,” says Powell. “We’re expecting a big crowd of loyal followers. This is a very big deal in the curling world.”

Powell says he realized just how big back in 2011 when the gear and equipment from Curling Canada started arriving by tractor trailer.

“Have you ever watched the Brier on television,” asks Powell. “Well this is exactly like that, it’s the same level of curling. Everything’s the same except we host twice as many teams and they play on an arena surface.”

In 2011 Digby hosted 24 teams; in 2016 they’ll be hosting 28 teams.

Cindy O’Neil will be co-chairing the event with Powell.

She says their first job is to form the volunteer committees and name committee chairs.

“It’s a lot of volunteers and a lot of them need training,” she said. “But we already have one of these events under our belt so it should be a lot easier.”

Powell and O’Neil are already planning a trip to Liverpool for the Canadian Junior Curling championships in January to start recruiting icemakers – Dave Jones who did such a great job for Digby in 2011 passed away this spring.

They’ve already booked the Digby firehall for the closing banquet and they’ve booked the hotels for the teams and will book the rooms for officials when the event gets a little closer.

Powell says the biggest challenge will be training enough timers and statisticians.

“They play eight games at a time and you need two people per game so that’s 16 per draw,” he says. “Some of the volunteers who had the big big jobs have already told us no, and that’s alright – sometimes a little fresh air, some new ideas are a good thing. But lots of people have been asking, when are you holding them again, how can I help? So we’re confident.”

Powell says in fact one of the big positives of hosting a large event like this again is to rebuild the area’s volunteer capacity and networks.

Not to mention the economic and advertising boost to the area.

[LINK from October 2011: Saskatchewan curlers return to see Digby in summer ]

An economic impact study showed the 2011 event pumped about $400,000 into the local economy.

[LINK from June 2011:  Curling Seniors injected $400k into economy ]

Powell says every time we host an event like this or the Prospect Hockey games, it puts Digby’s name out there as a community that not only can host an A-level event, but a community that does a really good job of hosting.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Digby will be hosting the legends of curling again.

Digby Area Recreation has signed and returned a contract offer from Curling Canada to host the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in March 2016.

“The first time we hosted this, it was Colleen Jones first year being eligible,” said Bob Powell, director with Digby Area Recreation. “That’s Canada best female curler ever. Most of these people have either been to a Tournament of Hearts or a Brier. These are the legends of curling.”

[ LINK from March 2011: Recap of 2011 Canadian Senior Curling Championships ]

DARC first hosted the Canadian Seniors in March 2011 and impressed the curlers and followers with good ice and great hospitality.

“We established a pretty high bar,” says Powell. “We’re expecting a big crowd of loyal followers. This is a very big deal in the curling world.”

Powell says he realized just how big back in 2011 when the gear and equipment from Curling Canada started arriving by tractor trailer.

“Have you ever watched the Brier on television,” asks Powell. “Well this is exactly like that, it’s the same level of curling. Everything’s the same except we host twice as many teams and they play on an arena surface.”

In 2011 Digby hosted 24 teams; in 2016 they’ll be hosting 28 teams.

Cindy O’Neil will be co-chairing the event with Powell.

She says their first job is to form the volunteer committees and name committee chairs.

“It’s a lot of volunteers and a lot of them need training,” she said. “But we already have one of these events under our belt so it should be a lot easier.”

Powell and O’Neil are already planning a trip to Liverpool for the Canadian Junior Curling championships in January to start recruiting icemakers – Dave Jones who did such a great job for Digby in 2011 passed away this spring.

They’ve already booked the Digby firehall for the closing banquet and they’ve booked the hotels for the teams and will book the rooms for officials when the event gets a little closer.

Powell says the biggest challenge will be training enough timers and statisticians.

“They play eight games at a time and you need two people per game so that’s 16 per draw,” he says. “Some of the volunteers who had the big big jobs have already told us no, and that’s alright – sometimes a little fresh air, some new ideas are a good thing. But lots of people have been asking, when are you holding them again, how can I help? So we’re confident.”

Powell says in fact one of the big positives of hosting a large event like this again is to rebuild the area’s volunteer capacity and networks.

Not to mention the economic and advertising boost to the area.

[LINK from October 2011: Saskatchewan curlers return to see Digby in summer ]

An economic impact study showed the 2011 event pumped about $400,000 into the local economy.

[LINK from June 2011:  Curling Seniors injected $400k into economy ]

Powell says every time we host an event like this or the Prospect Hockey games, it puts Digby’s name out there as a community that not only can host an A-level event, but a community that does a really good job of hosting.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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