Lacombe preps for Scotties starting Jan. 21st

A small army of volunteers will transform the Lacombe Arena from a hockey rink to a curling rink in time for the 2015 Alberta Scotties tournament Jan. 21st.

The key for many of them is the fact it’s not their first campaign with Lacombe having hosted the men’s provincial championship in 2014.

“We only lost three people from our committee of 26 so what that told me is they enjoyed doing it,” said committee chair Don Gullekson.

“What it did for us this year is that everybody knows exactly what to do.”

More than 200 volunteers will be involved in keeping this operation running smoothly with individuals signing on as well as members of service clubs like the Kinsmen, Rotary and the Lions Clubs partnering up.

In the past the city of Lacombe has been home to a popular baseball tournament along with hosting the Senior Summer games a few years back. Now curling takes the spotlight.

Gullekson says there is plenty of excitement building as things fall into place to hold their second major provincial curling championship in a row.

“Our support has been really, really good and I believe the reason is that it’s a feature event. If you had three or four in a row I think you might run into some difficulty getting enthusiasm but right now everybody is still pumped up.”

The curling itself will be outstanding with defending champion Val Sweeting returning along with other big names like Shannon Kleibrink, Cheryl Bernard and Heather Nedohin hitting the four sheets of ice.

Gullekson says the arena configuration makes for some great viewing for the fans as there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

“Our arena sets up really good and with 1,200 hundred seats it’s just ideal for a provincial event of this size; when you get a crowd of say 800 it’s just perfect.”

The off-ice entertainment will be solid as well with the popular St. James’ Gate performing next door in the curling rink along with talented local singer Randy Boulton.

The entire event is very much a social gathering for the community with adult entertainment along with a kids’ zone where they can experience the game firsthand through the Rocks and Rings program for schools.

Last year more than 400 kids went through the program and Gullekson expects even more this time around.

The Scotties gets underway with the first draw at 9:30 on the 21st and the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. that night.

sports@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities play The Vat April 27th

Moose Jaw band is on a 39-day national tour from Quebec City to Vancouver

Council highlights

Council to fund Rimbey Boys and Girls Club for $15,000

WATCH: Second annual Our Best To You Craft Sale on now

Red Deerians can expect over 150 artisans, makers and designers

Red Deer RCMP look for James Holley on warrants

Holley is believed to be in possession of firearms

‘Battle of the Badges’ charity hockey game raises funds for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deer Emergency Services and RCMP will play hockey for a good cause

WATCH: ‘Battle of the Badges’ event raises money for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deerians get together at charity hockey tournament April 20th at Servus Arena

Child’s body found in river downstream from where boy went missing during flood

Three-year-old Kaden Young was swept out of his mother’s arms in February

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

Producer, DJ Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish-born artist Tim Bergling, was found in Muscat, Oman

Trudeau ends 3-country tour with global reputation, alliances intact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds footing on the world stage after China and India controversies

Leafs’ Matthews has top-selling jersey, edging Crosby, McDavid: NHL

Austin Matthews jersey sales top Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid

Most Read