St Paul Curling Club had a fun day at their Funspiel February 12. They introduced some new curlers to the game, and they raised some serious money for Haying In The 30s.

“It turned out really good,” said club manager TJ Wagner. “We ended up with 18 teams, so that was good. With our silent auction, our registration fees, and extra donations we ended up making $6000.” 

A quarter of the curlers were out on the ice for the first time. The scoring system levelled out the differences between experienced curlers and beginners so everyone was in the running to win.

Three-time Scotties champion Val Sweeting, who trains at the St. Paul club and participated in the Funspiel, said community curling clubs are still at the heart of the game.

“It’s super fun to play in events like this and support the club,” she said. “It’s so cool to see all the families out together and everything. So yeah, just on so many levels, it just provides good exercise and activity with everyone together.”

Wagner said the Haying In The 30s cause, which supports cancer patients, was as important to the event as the curling.

“Everybody deals with cancer in some way or another,  with family or themselves. So we thought, well, let’s could make it a fundraiser for Haying In The 30s and make some money for them.”

A funspiel is a great way to encourage young people to curl! JEFF GAYE
Biggest age difference prize: Shyanne Tremblay, 14, sweeps a rock thrown by her grandfather Gerry, 79. JEFF GAYE
Top combined age prize: Louise Plante, Marc Marcoux, Ernie Lilje, and Tom Krissa. JEFF GAYE