The Martensville Curling Club is looking forward to another exciting season. The first day of curling will take place on October 15th and although registration night has already taken place, they will be accepting names up until then.
Mondays will consist of an Open League, as well as an Open Doubles League, which is a new addition this year and will consist of six weeks. For those that are interested in the Open Doubles League, there will be a night held on October 28th at 9pm to come out and learn more about the rules. “If you think you are interested, but not quite sure, pop in and learn a little more about it and see what it’s all about,” Curling Club President Clint Dieno said. Tuesday nights will be an Open League night; Wednesday is Men’s Night, Thursday is Open League and Friday will be the Friends and Family Fun Drop in League. For the drop in night, you are asked to register on Wednesday’s and the cost is $5 per person. “It is not an instructional night, but there will be someone around to help out a little. It is a great night to come out with your family and friends and throw some rocks,” Dieno added. For those that want to drop in, there is also equipment available for rent if you do not have your own.
Clint Dieno has been involved with the Martensville Curling Club for years, with this year as his first as President. Having spent the past 25 years curling competitively around the world, Dieno has a big passion for the sport.
With their adult leagues staying at a steady number, the local Club has seen a large increase in their Junior League participants. “Last year we had approximately 66 kids come out, which is a very big number. We have one of the largest Junior programs in the province, which is pretty exciting. It is a great program and we are hoping that it continues to grow.”
In recent years, as a way to help keep membership costs low, the Curling Club began offering sponsorship spots throughout the Curling Rink, both on the ice and with banners on the walls. “We had a really big reception with the advertising opportunities, not just from Martensville businesses, but from the surrounding area as well. We are very appreciative of the support,” stated Dieno.
With a grant that the Club received, they have put some work into the Curling Rink in order to keep things as up to date as possible. Another new addition was the expansion of the mezzanine to now look onto the skating rink side of the Martensville Sports Centre. “We now have an option for people to sit in the mezzanine and watch hockey or skating and stay nice and warm. It has been really nice for the community and it is a great vantage point. So far, it has been utilized quite well.”
For anyone interested in learning more about the Martensville Curling Club, contact Clint Dieno at 306-717-7165 or (look up the buttonweight email address in the Program Guide). If you do not have a team of four, don’t let that discourage you. Dieno noted that there are always teams looking for another player or you can be placed on a spare list. “If you aren’t able to make it on certain days, we have teams composed of 6 to 8 players that rotate through the season so you do not need to be there every single week and it is not as much of a time commitment.”