Bringing the game home

Bradley Bouzane
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Demonstration at C.B.S. Stadium

Adrian Power wants curling to break into the sports scene in Conception Bay South in a big way and hopes to give the cause a strong boost by spearheading a four-day demonstration at C.B.S. Stadium.

Power, a local dentist and curling enthusiast, has been working with the town's recreation department to get the project off the ground from May 2-6, with a proactive look at the future of curling in the area.

Adrian Power wants curling to break into the sports scene in Conception Bay South in a big way and hopes to give the cause a strong boost by spearheading a four-day demonstration at C.B.S. Stadium.

Power, a local dentist and curling enthusiast, has been working with the town's recreation department to get the project off the ground from May 2-6, with a proactive look at the future of curling in the area.

The ultimate goal of the demonstration is to justify having curling facilities for residents of C.B.S. instead of having them travel to the capital city to take part in one of the province's fastest growing activities.

"I may be pipedreaming, but I think if we were to get a new stadium, it would be much cheaper to have a larger ice plant and piggy-back a curling club onto the stadium," Power said.

"I think of places like Springdale, which uses the same ice plant (for their stadium and curling facilities). Instead of having two separate plants, you could save money by having both (use one ice plant)."

Power is hoping to bring in a high-profile curler from the province, such as Brad Gushue and Heather Strong, to give pointers throughout the event, and perhaps feature a few games between some of the more established curlers in the area.

Terry Shea, manager of the Re/Max Centre (formerly St. John's Curling Club), will make four curling sheets at the C.B.S. Stadium in Kelligrews for the event, which is aimed at curlers of all ages and skill levels.

"We want to promote curling as much as possible," said Shea, who will paint the rings and pebble the sheets over the stadium's existing hockey rink. "The more clubs that are around, the better. It's a great way to expose the sport and this should be a good event."

Power said the free event should appeal to a wide audience, just as the sport itself, and wants this curling season to end on a high-note.

"For all intents and purposes, it's the ideal sport," Power said.

"Anybody can play for a social night or at the other extreme, you can play super-competitive curling and it can all happen in the same building."

bbouzane@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Max Centre, Curling Club

Geographic location: C.B.S. Stadium, Springdale, St. John's Kelligrews

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