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Rankin curling club starts new season

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Rankin Inlet Curling Club launched a new season with a funfilled bonspiel this past month.

A total of 11 teams participated in the event, with the team of skip Bev Ford, husbandandwife duo Steve and Kim Faulkner and Moses Aupilardjuk taking top spot.

Kim organized the curling side of the bonspiel, while Angela Dale organized the social aspects of the event.

Kim said she was extremely pleased by how the bonspiel went, and everyone semed to have a great time.

"We actually attracted more new curlers than I was hoping for going into the bonspiel," said Kim.

"The new curlers were very welcomed to the club, and it seemed like they had a happy experience at the event.

"So, hopefully, they'll want to keep going with the sport."

Kim said curling remains a "gentleman's" sport.

She said good manners and courtesy are still important aspects of the game.

"You wish your opponents a good game through a handshake at the start of the game and you finish with a handshake.

"It's very courteous and it's nice to see that again.

"We're looking forward to a successful year ahead for the curling club.

"We plan to hold quite a few bonspiels this year, and we're going to use various themes and other ideas to attract different teams."

Steve said he had a great time at the season's first bonspiel.

He said despite the pump problems at the arena, the ice stayed very good until the late afternoon of the final day when the temperature rose and everything started to drip.

"The arena workers were there super-early on the final morning and spent more than two hours preparing the ice before we started play," said Steve.

"I can't say enough about the effort they put in, especially David Clark, Bronson Akerolik and Cody Tulugak.

"They worked their butts off to make sure we had good ice, and none of it would have been possible without their efforts."

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