Curlers are getting back into the swing of things.
The Ponoka Curling Club showcased updates to their lounge and the curling rink Oct. 3 during registration night. Although not as many people responded as usual, the club expects to see numbers grow, says club president Kristen Gordon. “We were pretty happy with the unveiling of our improvements.”
The Town of Ponoka made use of a grant to help paint the curling rink walls and update the carpet and flooring in the lounge. The bathrooms received an update as well with new sinks and fixtures, she added.
Youths play an important role in the club and more than 20 kids have signed up for the Wednesday youth program. Gordon feels the club’s younger members enjoy a strong social atmosphere at the Ponoka Curling Club. “They’re the future of curling clubs.”
“Any curling rink you go to is full of fun people, socially driven,” she added.
Her goal is to continue recruiting young and older players to the sport and she expects everyone to watch for future announcements on the club’s social league, which is a good introduction for those thinking about getting involved.
Bonspiels are not scheduled yet, Gordon expects to see competitions set for after the new year. “We’re excited to get the year started and planning to have a fun-filled season.
The ice is in the process of being made and should be completed in the next few weeks.