Weyburn Curling Rink marks National Curling Day, awards junior curler

The Weyburn Curling Rink is marking Curling Day in Canada in two ways, as they are not able to physically have any curlers in the rink.

The Weyburn club is marking the national day first by thanking all of the club members who donated their annual fees back to the Curling Rink this season.

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“We all wish we could still be out there throwing rocks, but due to government restrictions, we had to shut our club down in December,” said Danette Tracey, curling club board member and coordinator of junior curling.

The second way the club is marking Curling Day was to present junior curler Gregg Wiens with the Kim Brady-Michael Mainil True Grit Award, including a $500 award, presented by Mainil and Tracey at the Caprice Resources office on Friday morning.

Normally the Weyburn Oilfield Technical Society (OTS) would be holding their OTS Bonspiel to raise funds for this annual award, and to enable a donation to junior curling at the Weyburn Curling Rink.

Wiens was named this year’s recipient of this award. He has been curling since he was in elementary school, and is set to graduate this year from the Weyburn Comprehensive School.

Tracey, who has coached him and watched him play over the years, said of Wiens, “He has worked hard on developing his delivery, learning the strategy of the game and becoming a team player. He was one of those kids I could ask for assistance and he would volunteer his time with ease.”

She added that he has also volunteered to help out with the Learn-to-Curl program offered to the elementary schools to teach young students about the game of curling, and for many events held by the Curling Rink.

“We wish him all the best in the fall where he will be attending the University of Saskatchewan,” said Tracey.

Wiens indicated he would be applying this cash award towards his university courses this fall, and said he wants to take business administration.