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While most of you have been spending the summer months relaxing as you swat mosquitoes, cultivate your rice paddies or canoe down Park Avenue, the folks at the Beausejour Curling Club have been hard at work preparing for another fun-filled curling season. The primary focus has been on turning those excuses for not curling into reasons to curl this winter.

“Curling would interfere with my month-long vacation in the Bahamas.” Well, this year for the first-time curlers can register for only a half-season (at half the cost). So whether you’re a member of the agricultural persuasion tied up with harvest demands in the fall or a jet setter who insists on escaping the bliss of a Manitoba winter, you can still enjoy participating in Manitoba’s favourite winter activity.

“I have no team to curl on.” This year the format for the Men’s league on Tuesday evenings has been changed so that the teams are made up from all those who have registered, and the teams are shuffled regularly. So no more concerns about being blown out by 22-1 scores week after week. And if you can’t stand the stupid calls your skip is making, he’ll soon be replaced by another skip (who may make even stupider calls).

“I can’t afford curling for my kids.” To encourage our young people to take a break from Facebook or Guitar Hero, they will be entitled to a special student rate of only $50 for the season (or $25 for a half-season). So for less than the cost of a Big Mac per week, students in our community can enjoy a genuinely social activity, while awing the older curlers with their displays of energetic sweeping.

“Curling is too slow.” For the more hyperactive among you, we are offering another variation to the grand old game of curling. Mixed Doubles. This features two-person teams. Each team starts with one rock already in play and then five rocks per team are delivered per end. Once each rock is delivered one or both players must race out from their respective positions to sweep the rock. Not only are the games shorter, but they feature almost non-stop action. And best of all, for this year only the cost is FREE for curling club members.

“I don’t know anything about curling.” Most married people didn’t know anything about marriage either before giving it a try. But unlike marriage, potential curlers can benefit from some preliminary instruction. Just come out to the curling rink any Monday evening at 7 p.m. to receive some helpful guidance from a qualified instructor. And this comes at no cost to you. We even have brooms and sliders available.

“There aren’t any good curlers at the Beausejour Curling Club.” How about the Jason Gunnlaugson team which has been curling out of the Beausejour club the last several years? Their performance on the national circuit has qualified them to compete in the Olympic Pre-Trials in Prince George, B.C. in November. There, they will be matching shots with the likes of Russ Howard, Jeff Stoughton and Kerry Burtnyk for a spot in the Olympic Trials in Edmonton in December.

So make this the winter you come out to sweep away the winter blahs with the great sport of curling at the local ice palace. Registration is scheduled for Sunday, September 27 from 2-4 p.m. or Monday September 28 from 7-9 p.m. at the lounge in the SunGro Centre. Leagues offered are: Drop in Recreational Curling on Tuesday mornings, Ladies’ League on Wednesday evenings, Men’s (variable teams) on Tuesday evenings, Men’s (set teams) on Thursday evenings and Mixed League (standard format and doubles) on Friday evenings, as well as an After-school curling program for students in grades 4-9 on Wednesday afternoons. For more information, please contact Evelyn at 268-3023 or Peter at 268-1556. See you on the ice!

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