Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge has won a $10,000 Club Grant from Curling Canada following a contest run as part of the Curling Day in Canada celebrations.

A total of 144 clubs registered to participate in a Canada-wide curling game, and each being asked to send in their top and bottom scores, this coast-to-coast undertaking determined the “top” as the winners with a final recorded score of 7,525 to 6,459 on the bottom. Each of these participating clubs was also invited to collect a $1 donation from each curler that played on Curling Day in Canada to earn a corresponding number of ballots in the draw for a chance to win $10,000 Club Grant.

Golden Ears Winter Club was named the winner by Curling Canada on March 25. Congratulations to the club.

Shannon Joanisse said: “We would like to express our thanks to all the volunteers, curlers (new and experienced) and all of those that donated during our GEWC Curling Day in Canada initiative. This is a true example of what happens when a club and community comes together. In the months to come we will evaluate and determine the best ways to invest the money into our club.

“Thank you to Curling Canada for putting in so much time and investing into this great initiative.”

Curling Day in Canada, established to celebrate everything that Canadians value about the great sport of curling and the unique connections within the curling community, could not have been better received by the millions of participants and spectators across the country.

More than 300,000 viewers tuned into the one-hour special, produced and aired by TSN/Bell Media, which highlighted the welcoming culture and diversity of Canada’s grassroots curling community. The program covered everything from backyard family rinks to the iconic Tankard Trophy visit at the Unionville (Ont.) Curling Club.