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Ready to throw rocks
Qavik Curling Club ready for exciting season in Rankin

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It's shaping up to be a busy season for members of the Qavik Curling Club in Rankin Inlet.

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Kane Komaksiutiksak, left, Jamie Airut and Connor Faulkner move with the rock as Arthur Siksik calls the shot against the NWT from the button at the M&M Meatshops Canadian junior curling championship in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, in January of 2014. - NNSL file photo

The club is hosting an adult learn-to-curl clinic by the Nova Scotia-based Turning Point Curling School in Rankin on Nov. 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Nov. 14 (9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.) for female and male curlers 19 years of age or older.

Club president Angela Dale said the club is hoping to add more teams to its local leagues this season.

She said a youth curling camp will also be held in November.

"We have a lot of things planned to keep a junior program going throughout the season, and this is the first season Nunavut should be at the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa (March 2016) and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grand Prairie, Alta. (February 2016)," said Dale.

"We've had the league going since 2008 and the past two years we've had pretty steady membership with adults, having about 11 teams in our league, and we've seen more growth in our junior curling.

"We usually have five players per team, so a team doesn't have to cancel a game if they have a player travelling for work or whatever.

"We're trying to raise the overall membership in our club, both with the number of adults and youths coming out to curl."

Dale said the Qavik Curling Club hopes to have two recreational leagues going this season, as well as a mixed-doubles night on Friday and a youth program on Sunday afternoons.

She said six people took a clinic for youth club coach in 2014, and Qavik hopes they will come out and help deliver the youth program on Sunday afternoons.

"Our junior men's team has gone to the nationals the past three seasons and we also had a female women's team attend the national senior championship two years ago.

"Two of the ladies from that team also went to the Canadian seniors event this past March.

"We also have a women's team going to the Traveller's Canadian Club Championship in Ottawa this coming Nov. 23.

"Locally, we held two community bonspiels this

past year and, even if you're not part of league play but would like to come out and curl, we want everyone to be involved with our bonspiels this year."

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