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Winterfest cancellation!

The Little Current Lions Club regrets to announce that one of its Winterfest Weekend happenings, coming up this weekend, has been cancelled. The learn-to-downhill ski/snowboard event on Saturday has been cancelled permanently, but there are still plenty of other great things to take part in.

All weekend long, the Manitoulin Nordic Ski Club’s Honora Bay cross-country ski and snowshoe trail at Freer Point is free for use.

On Saturday, February 1, the Little Current Curling Club is inviting everyone to a learn-to-curl event at the curling club. Families are encouraged to come and learn the art of one of Canada’s favourite pastimes. Teams will be created on-site and a fun game will be had. Beginners of all ages are invited! Children 10 and under are asked to please bring a helmet.

Of course then there’s hockey! Eight Sportsmen, four Women’s and four Oldtimers’ teams will be vying to become Winterfest 2020 champions all weekend long at the Little Current-Howland Recreation Centre, so go cheer them on!

Young curlers show their stuff in Sudbury

This past weekend, youth out of the Providence Bay Curling Club participated in the 21st Annual Sudbury District Elementary Bonspiel held by Curl Sudbury. Coach Angela Johnston prepared the students for their games through her drills, strategy, knowledge and skills development during their weekly lessons. 

At the bonspiel, the team participated in the skills competition where they were required to throw two rocks each, one with sweeping, the other without. Games were held on Friday evening and all day Saturday. There were 11 teams in the bonspiel of mixed gender and age. The team from Central Manitoulin Public School (out of the Providence Bay Curling Club) was led by Skip Neveah Harper, Vice Autumn Davy, Second Andrew Hague and Lead Mady Keller and Spencer Johnson. 

The CMPS team practiced placing guards to protect their stones, worked on their curl and removed stones from the playing area with hits. Great sportsmanship was demonstrated by the team as they worked together with their opponents making decisions about plays, burned rocks and determining distances. Congratulations to all players in the bonspiel. Next up is the Junior Curler Bonspiel in Sudbury will be held on February 29. Congratulations and best of luck, team!

Curling championships feature Island talents

Perhaps these youngsters will one day compete at the provincial level like these local players. There will be eight teams competing at the Northern Ontario Provincial Men’s Curling Championships this week until February 2 at the Don Shepherdson Memorial Arena in New Liskeard. The other two teams were given direct entry to the Northern Ontario championships based on their rankings on the World Curling Tour. Of course Sault Ste. Marie’s Brad Jacobs’ rink got an automatic berth. 

Also, the Sandy MacEwan rink from Curl Sudbury is currently ranked 82nd on the World Curling Tour and is the second ranked rink in Northern Ontario and received automatic entry into the Northern championships. Skip MacEwan taught on Manitoulin and also features Vice Dustin Montpellier, Second Lee Toner and Lead Luc Ouiment.

The Jordan Chandler rink is an amalgamated team representing clubs from Little Current and Port Arthur. The team includes Skip Jordan Chandler, Vice Trevor Bonot, Second Nicholas Bissonnette, Lead Kyle Chandler and Fifth Tom Cull.

The opening ceremonies are slated for the evening of Wednesday, January 29. Teams will play each other once, making it a seven-game round-robin with the top three teams advancing to the weekend’s playoff round. The Men’s winner will advance to the Canadian championships, the Tim Hortons Brier, to be held in Kingston February 29 to March 8. Good luck, teams!

BJ Memorial Ladies Division Champs! 

Congratulations to the Bardown Beauts who took the women’s title at the annual BJ Memorial. The team featured: Harmony Kaiser-Fox, Danielle Shawana-Trudeau, Hailey McGillis-Prior, Jess Augonie, Shelley Trudeau, Shaylene Restoule, Amber Lewis,  Sara Morrison-Lazarus, Natasha (Taz) Lewis, Kennedy Lanktree, Tristyn Sandy, Delaney Webkamigad and Roxanne Mandamin.

A good sport is good for sports.