Terry Hunt Legacy Fund cre­ated

Some prof­its from Masters event go­ing to curling de­vel­op­ment in Colch­ester County

Truro Daily News - - Sports -

Talk about a win-win. When 30 of the world’s great­est curling teams hit the ice in Truro next month, not only will they com­pete for their own ti­tles, but the event it­self will fi­nan­cially ben­e­fit curling in Colch­ester County for years to come.

For the sec­ond time, The Rath Eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will host the Grand Slam of Curling Masters Oct. 23 to 28.

The host com­mit­tee for the event has cre­ated the Terry Hunt Legacy Fund, named for the late Truro res­i­dent who was a well-known and tire­less sup­porter of re­cre­ation in the re­gion. He also chaired the host com­mit­tee when the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling was first played at the RECC in 2015.

The fund will see some of the prof­its from such things as ticket sales, spon­sor­ships, 50-50 draws and pro­gram sales in­vested in the de­vel­op­ment and en­hance­ment of curling in the county.

“Money will be placed in this fund to sup­port curling-re­lated ini­tia­tives, both cap­i­tal and pro­gram re­lated, in the lo­cal area,” says Craig Burgess, co-chair­man of this

year’s host com­mit­tee.

“We see this as a small way to thank the many ded­i­cated vol­un­teers from the curling com­mu­nity who work so hard to bring a suc­cess­ful event like the Grand Slam to Truro,” he says. “We couldn’t do this with­out them.”

The event will in­volve more than 120 vol­un­teers.

Burgess, a long-time curler and man­ager of re­cre­ation ser­vices for Colch­ester County, says it’s a true

hon­our to have the curling fund named af­ter Hunt, who passed away in De­cem­ber 2015.

“He was a great man who al­ways put com­mu­nity first in an effort to bring many recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties to the re­gion.”

The fund idea was de­vel­oped on the heels of last De­cem­ber’s World Ju­nior A Hockey Chal­lenge which saw creation of the Jed Ritcey Legacy Fund in sup­port of mi­nor hockey lo­cally.

As for the up­com­ing event it­self, Burgess says this is an ex­cit­ing time in curling for play­ers and for spec­ta­tors, due to some nu­mer­ous re­cent changes in team line-ups. The of­fi­cial draw sched­ule, in­clud­ing the lists of par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, will be re­leased in com­ing weeks.

Owned and op­er­ated by Sport­snet, a Rogers Me­dia com­pany, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an an­nual se­ries of seven curling tour­na­ments which at­tract the world’s best curlers.

The Masters will be the sec­ond stop on the 2018-2019 Grand Slam sched­ule. Fea­tur­ing 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams in the world, the Masters is an elite-level com­pe­ti­tion with $250,000 and valu­able tour points on the line.

It is es­ti­mated the 2015 Grand Slam gen­er­ated $1.94 mil­lion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

Early bird tour­na­ment pack­ages went on sale in April and will be avail­able un­til Sept. 13 for $185. Week­end pack­ages will be­gin to sell on Sept. 14 for $99.95. All can be pur­chased at the wel­come cen­tre on the main floor of the Rath Eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 625 Abe­naki Road; on­line at tick­et­pro. ca; or by call­ing 1-888-311-9090.

Rachel Homan guided her team to the ti­tle at the Grand Slam of Curling Masters cham­pi­onship in Truro in 2015. The 30-team event re­turns to the RECC in Oc­to­ber.

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