When curlers take to the ice for next month’s April Fools Bonspiel, they will be playing with curling rocks with new handles.
The Lillooet Memorial Curling Club recently replaced all of the plastic handles on its granite curling stones.
They did so in a way that leaves a lasting legacy.
The new green and yellow handles carry the names of current and past members of the club.
“I’ve seen it in other clubs, when they asked people to put their names on the handles,” said ice technician Ross Milward.
Club president Rob Jones explained, “We thought it would be a nice legacy. Now past members or curlers who’ve passed away will have their ‘name’ on the ice all the time. Everybody thought it was a great idea and we got tons of support. Those people will be part of the curling rink’s legacy for as long as the curling rink is up and running.”
The 64 new handles were sold to current and past members at a price of $50 each.
But Jones said the idea was not really a fund-raiser for the club because of the costs involved, including engraving. “We didn’t make a ton of money off this although people have been super-supportive.”
Milward added that the new green colour goes particularly well with the green paint on the doors of the rink.
“The new colours make the rink brighter and they make the ice surface look brighter too,” said Milward.
Jones said 12 teams are already signed up for the Apr 1-3 April Fools Bonspiel, adding that the club is “shooting for 32 teams” for the annual event. The club will be giving away a trip for four to Las Vegas in the entry draw. The $2,000 trip to Las Vegas is booked through Marlin Travel in Kamloops. Jones said Marlin has been very supportive in organizing the trip for the club.
He also said the club is always looking for new members.
“Green curlers are welcome,” he told the News. “Because of our club format, we put everybody into divisions and green curlers curl together so they’re curling at the same level. They curl in their division, middle curlers curl in their division and A curlers curl in their division so it gives everybody a chance to win first place because of the point system we use.”