The Yarmouth Curling Club is hosting a Nova Scotia Canada Winter Games qualifier over four days. The event began on Friday and will end Monday.
Spokesperson Rhonda Sweeney says the event has approximately 120 youths, many parents, siblings and grandparents, from throughout the province participating.
“It is a great thing for the community,” she said.
Donalda Mattie, development coordinator for the Nova Scotia Curling Association, said two girls teams and two boys teams would qualify out of the 23 participating at the conclusion of the event.
More qualifiers will be held over the next two years, resulting in one girls team and one boys team to represent the province at the Canada Winter Games, which take place in Prince George, British Columbia, Feb. 13 to March 1 in 2015.
“It’s a four-year process, actually,” said Mattie.
Youths under 15 were eligible to compete. Mattie says curling is becoming more popular and that some of the important characteristics for young curlers include a strong interest in the sport and athleticism.
“The support system is very important and coaching is huge,” she said.
“The time that they put into it makes a big difference as well. You have to enjoy the practice.”
The public is invited to watch the event.
UPDATED: The two qualifying teams from the junior womens side were the Mary Fay rink form Chester and the Brooke Godsland rink from Berwick.
The two qualifying teams from the junior mens side were the Matthew Manuel rink from the Mayflower Club in Halifax, and the Adam Cocks rink from Chester.
Drew Spinney throws the stone as sweepers Alex and Eban McDonah (all from Truro) prepare to sweep. Seamus Rose (not shown), from Yarmouth, was also a team member. The Yarmouth Curling Club is hosting 23 teams for a Nova Scotia Canada Winter Games qualifier this weekend.
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