There were more winners than just the men’s and women’s champions at the 2015 Travelers Curling Club Championship last month in Ottawa.
The event, which concluded on Nov. 28 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, raised more than $50,000 for Curling Canada Rocks & Rings, the highly popular program that gives thousands of school-age kids across the country their first exposure to curling with indoor equipment used in school gymnasiums.
The money raised at the Travelers Curling Club Championship will mean more than 57,000 kids will be able to enjoy a Curling Canada Rocks & Rings session at their school.
“I was simply blown away by the support of the athletes who participated in the Travelers Curling Club Championship,” said Rachael Wilson, Director, Fund Development for Curling Canada. “It’s another example of what makes our sport so amazing. Even though those curlers were in Ottawa competing for a national championship, they also saw the importance of continuing to build our sport with young curlers.”
In addition to their on-ice battles, teams at the Travelers Curling Club Championship were competing off the ice to see who could raise the most money in support of Curling Canada Rocks & Rings.
Leading the way was the Nunavut women’s team, skipped by Angela Dale. Team Nunavut raised $7,661, and took home a grant of $6,000, to be used on improvements at the Qavik Curling Club.
Additionally, there were four draw prizes for club grants, each worth $1,000. Every team that participated in the fundraising contest was entered to win. The winners of the draw prizes were:
• The Whitehorse Curling Club (represented by Teams Smallwood and Sias from the Yukon)
• The Rexton Curling Club (Team Girvan, New Brunswick)
• The Geraldton Curling Club (Team Aasad, Northern Ontario)
• The Lethbridge Curling Club (Team Dupont, Alberta)
“We’re truly grateful for the work put in by the curlers at the 2015 Travelers Curling Club Championship in support of Curling Canada Rocks & Rings,” said Wilson. “There’s nothing like seeing curlers giving back to their sport, and we’re going to see this hard work pay off for years to come.”