Drumheller Curl­ing Club to host South­ern Al­berta Ban­tam Cham­pi­onships

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Come March, the Drumheller Curl­ing Club will be host­ing ath­letes from all over South­ern Al­berta in the South­ern Al­berta Ban­tam cham­pi­onships.

Come March 11-16, up to 16 teams of youth, ages 1314, will be on the ice to play in the tour­na­ment. Drumheller Curl­ing Club vice pres­i­dent Larry Need­ham is look­ing for­ward to the tour­na­ment.

“They ap­proached us al­most a year ago to see if we would be in­ter­ested in host­ing and we took up the chal­lenge,” said Need­ham.

He ex­plains there is not much aware­ness of ban­tam curl­ing, out­side of school com­pe­ti­tion.

“The South­ern Al­berta Curl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (SACA) had a ban­tam pro­gram, but I don’t be­lieve they have a midget pro­gram. They go di­rectly from Ban­tam to Ju­nior” he said.

He said there will be teams from cen­ters such as Air­drie, Cal­gary, Cochrane, and maybe even Mor­rin or Delia.

“It will bring some in­ter­est to the town and ex­po­sure. We have and will con­tinue to do the best we can with what we have,” said Need­ham, adding that Kevin Blanchett does a re­mark­able job in mak­ing sure the play­ing sur­face is top- notch.”

Open­ing cer­e­monies and open­ing draw will be Fri­day, March 11, and round robin play will con­tinue through Satur­day. They will also host a lun­cheon for the play­ers on Satur­day and the Fi­nal will be played out on Sun­day.

Need­ham said that not only will the tour­na­ment shine a spot­light on the com­mu­nity, but it may also show younger curlers they can con­tinue to pur­sue the sport.

“We are try­ing re­ally hard to put to­gether a youth pro­gram, and to that end ev­ery Mon­day we have kids come out for in­struc­tion at a very min­i­mal cost. We have been do­ing this for a cou­ple years now,” said Need­ham. “To have young play­ers ex­posed to this, to have them come see what they can ex­pect if they con­tinue with the sport and work at it, I think it will not only be an in­cen­tive for the kids al­ready in the pro­gram, but I think it will also en­tice some more kids to get into it.”

“Need­ham said SACA sup­plies time keep­ers and ref­er­ees, but the club can al­ways use vol­un­teers to sup­port the tour­na­ment. To learn more about the tour­na­ment con­tact Need­ham at (403) 856-5336.

Ban­tam curlers from all over South­ern Al­berta will be at the Drumheller Curl­ing Club come March to par­tic­i­pate in the Ban­tam Cham­pi­onships.

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