Curlers go all out in annual Funspiel

Thomas Niles
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Deon Keough, Don McLean, Richard Fines and Paul MacDonald got into the fun of the Funspiel with matching Hawaiian dress.

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Curlers from all walks of life were out in full swing on Friday, Mar. 25 for the Goose Bay Curling Club’s Funspiel, hosted at the local curling club. There were ten teams competing in total. This included costumed teams, seasoned curlers, and curlers with very little experience at all. What they all had in common is that none were competing for a prize. The Funspiel is a non-competitive tournament, designed only for the curlers to get on the ice and have a great time.

Diane Hoskins, a member of the curling club and an instructor for the junior curling program, said in the past the event was organized by the Canadian Forces. After some of the original organizers left Goose Bay, the curling club took over and has organized the event ever since.

Mrs. Hoskins has said that in past years, there have been as many as four Funspiels in a year, whereas in 2011 this is the first event of the winter. However, in addition to Friday’s event, there has been continued success in the junior curling league and adult competition.

Christine Wheildon, one of the evening’s curlers, described the event as “fun and a learning experience.”

Ms.Wheildon hadn’t curled in ten years but came out to celebrate her sister-and teammate’s- birthday.

As the winter season draws to a close, curling fans will need to focus their sights elsewhere for the coming months. But, come next winter, their interest can return to our local curling club, where there is always something to be watched.

 

Organizations: Goose Bay Curling Club, Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Goose Bay

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