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Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville offering Learn to Curl program to boost membership

Olivia Ayre is one of the participants in the Learn To Curl program at Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville. She was busy throwing stones at the Caribou Curling Club Tuesday afternoon. The six-week program runs Sunday night 7-9 p.m. at the curling facility.
Olivia Ayre is one of the participants in the Learn To Curl program at Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville. - Frank Gale

Memberships at the Caribou Curling Club have been steady for the past few decades, but Charlie Earle believes there’s lots of room for new people interested in throwing rocks.

Earle is the membership chairman for the Caribou Curling Club so he’s eager to do his part to grow the game in the Stephenville area.

He hopes to see new faces throwing stones this winter by offering a Learn to Curl Program for new curlers for six weeks with a two-hour ice slot (7-9 p.m.) on Sunday at the Caribou Curling Club.

The program got underway Sunday with six new people giving the sport a try for the first time and there’s room for others to hit the ice.

The enticing part of the program is that anybody who completes in the Learn to Curl will receive a free membership for the 2017-2018 curling season. If somebody is interested in playing curling but can’t complete the six weeks of introduction to the sport then they will receive a discounted membership fee.

It’s all about generating new membership and getting more people excited about playing the game, whether it’s for recreation or on a competitive level.

“You always lose members. You gain some and you lose some,” he said.

Curlers have an option of paying a fee for ice-time before Christmas and another fee after Christmas, or they can pay the full fee at the beginning of the season.

Earle said it’s too early to say if membership will go up or down this winter because there’s usually not a beehive of activity until after the holiday season so time will tell how the numbers roll out this season.

Anybody interested in the program or learning more information can contact Barry Lomond at 1-709-643-5475.

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