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Curlers hitting new ice in Shelburne this week

<p>Shelburne Curling Centre president Doug Drane is hoping to see a mix of new and experienced curlers on the ice this season.</p>
<p>Greg Bennett photo</p>
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<p>Shelburne Curling Centre president Doug Drane is hoping to see a mix of new and experienced curlers on the ice this season.</p> <p>Greg Bennett photo</p> <div> </div>

This week, curlers will once again be hitting the ice at the Shelburne Curling Centre with a full week of open drop-in curling set.

Free curling will be offered throughout the week for members of the public to try the sport out.

“We’ll have members around to teach anyone who wants to try it,” said President Doug Drane, who is hoping for a busy season.

Next week, will see the beginning of the season for league play. The Shelburne facility hosts seniors, ladies and mixed curling leagues as well as a growing junior program which is expected to begin in mid-November.

As well, the centre will be used as part of the Thrive program later this year. The program, offered through Lisa Landry, Physical Activity and Community School Coordinator, focuses on getting families out for recreational activities.

There will also be some highly competitive curling at the facility this season. Shelburne is hosting three provincial playoff events; the women’s qualifier #1 on Dec. 12-14; the men’s qualifier #2 on Jan. 15-18 and finally the senior men’s and women provincials on Feb. 20-24.

“We’re really excited,” said Drane.

While the organization has always been welcoming, Drane says they have changed their name from the Shelburne Curling Club to the Shelburne Curling Centre this year in an effort to avoid any misperceptions.

“We want everyone to know and feel like they are welcome. It’s a fun game to learn and we’d like to share it with others,” he said.

Free curling will be offered throughout the week for members of the public to try the sport out.

“We’ll have members around to teach anyone who wants to try it,” said President Doug Drane, who is hoping for a busy season.

Next week, will see the beginning of the season for league play. The Shelburne facility hosts seniors, ladies and mixed curling leagues as well as a growing junior program which is expected to begin in mid-November.

As well, the centre will be used as part of the Thrive program later this year. The program, offered through Lisa Landry, Physical Activity and Community School Coordinator, focuses on getting families out for recreational activities.

There will also be some highly competitive curling at the facility this season. Shelburne is hosting three provincial playoff events; the women’s qualifier #1 on Dec. 12-14; the men’s qualifier #2 on Jan. 15-18 and finally the senior men’s and women provincials on Feb. 20-24.

“We’re really excited,” said Drane.

While the organization has always been welcoming, Drane says they have changed their name from the Shelburne Curling Club to the Shelburne Curling Centre this year in an effort to avoid any misperceptions.

“We want everyone to know and feel like they are welcome. It’s a fun game to learn and we’d like to share it with others,” he said.

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