For the Dawson Creek Curling Club, this season will see things return to normal compared to 2020. Singles play is a thing of the past, for now, and in its place will be four-person teams competing weekly.
Ice goes in the rink October 4, with league play beginning Monday, October 11. The league is hosting another registration night, September 16, in preparation for the curling season.
“We’ll be open a week before leagues start, to have clinics, learn to curls, and a chance for everyone to come throw at their own leisure,” said Jeff Ginter, the club's GM.
Since the 2020 Dawson Creek Cash Spiel was cancelled at the last second, the club is having a makeup event October 8 to 10, and Ginter wants to give teams a chance to knock the rust off and get their game up ahead of time.
It will be a modified version of the regular event – the teams will be blended to start, unlike the traditional bonspiel which features a competitive and challenge division. However, another cash spiel will go November 26 and 28 with the regular format, ensuring this year truly starts with a bang.
One challenge for the club this year will be the province’s proof of vaccine requirements. Like with all sports clubs and recreational facilities, there is a lot of uncertainty right now.
City council met September 2 to discuss the then-upcoming order (released September 13), and agreed that “It is up to user groups to ensure by September 13 all participants and spectators have proof of first dosage and 2nd by October 24.”
Ginter acknowledged this could affect the amount of people curling this year, but said curling will go ahead and they’ll make the most of the season.
“We’re going to cope as best we can, we’re going to deliver a pleasant experience for everyone who comes to play and hopefully we’ll have a lot of fun this year."
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