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Curling is in the house

John Toporchak, Schubert Centre Society president (back), watches as Okanagan-Monashee MLA Eric Foster (left) and Vernon city councillor Patrick Nicol try their hand at the new indoor floor curling at the centre. - Cara Brady/Morning Star
John Toporchak, Schubert Centre Society president (back), watches as Okanagan-Monashee MLA Eric Foster (left) and Vernon city councillor Patrick Nicol try their hand at the new indoor floor curling at the centre.
— image credit: Cara Brady/Morning Star

Someone wondered if that was real ice in the middle of the Schubert Centre meeting room and why the curling rocks seemed to be made of wood.

No, it isn’t ice, just a special coating on the floor and the rocks for indoor curling are made of wood.

The game is played by pushing the rocks with sticks so there is no bending, no sweeping, the ice is shorter and it’s all done in comfort indoors so people who love curling can continue to use their skills for as long as they want. The game, which is gaining in popularity, is also suitable for people who have never curled before.

The surface was prepared and equipment purchased thanks to a $2,400 grant from Funtastic Society to Schubert Centre.

“People are really interested and the members are excited to get going. Leagues are forming now,” said Schubert Centre manager Jack Gareb.

The Funtastic Grant was presented by society president Brett Kirkpatrick at the Centre’s January birthday lunch.

“It’s a pleasure to come out and see what our work is doing in the community. We hope you have fun with the curling equipment,” he said.

Funtastic is a volunteer-run organization that puts on the summer tournament which brings in about $4 million to the community each year. The event is also a fundraiser which has allowed the society to give back $1.4 million to the community over the past 29 years.

MLA Eric Foster added his good wishes on the donation and new program.

“The Funtastic volunteers work year round to be able to give to different projects in the community. And the Schubert Centre continues to give great service to the community through its volunteers,” he said.

Coun. Patrick Nicol, representing the City of Vernon, added, “Congratulations to all the volunteers and everyone who helped make this new recreation opportunity available.”

Even some of the members who do not curl are curious about indoor curling.

“I think I might give it a try,” said Rose Vair, who represented the Schubert Centre in cutting the ribbon to open the new area.

Anyone who would like to try indoor curling is invited to come by the centre and see how they like it.

 

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