Featured Club - HIGHWOOD Curling Club

Highwood Curling Club - High River, AB

Curling has been popular in High River since the Curling Society was formed in 1906 with a lofty annual fee of $10. The first draws were held in the “Big Skating Rink”, but within a few years the club built its own facility on Centre Street and the sport flourished. In 1916 Bert Poile of High River was elected president of the Alberta Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. As well, several early High River curling enthusiasts have been  Honoured Life Members of the Alberta Curling Federation. Following World War II, a new 4-sheet, cement-block curling rink, complete with lunch counter and viewing lounge, was constructed on the same street. In 1953 an artificial ice plant was installed and local curling no longer depended for its ice on the whims of Alberta winters and their Chinook heat waves. No longer was it necessary to slide, deliver and sweep rocks in several inches of water or slush. Fifty rinks were entered in the 1955 Green ‘Spiel, and an equally popular event was the Foothills bonspiel which was hosted each year by a rotation of six curling clubs in surrounding foothills towns. The present curling club was established in 1981 with the completion of the “Recplex” and it was around this time that the name was changed to Highwood Curling Club. Over the years the club has sent many rinks to provincial and national playdowns. Competitive men’s, ladies’, high school, Legion, and farmers’ rinks have all been a credit to the Highwood Club. Today, the Highwood Club has strong programs in all age categories for both men and ladies -- juniors, mixed and seniors. Our oldest member is Orin Lyman who, in January celebrated his 97th birthday, and who is still very active in seniors’ mixed curling. The club has seen a number of district playdowns held on its ice, and has proudly played host to many Alberta championships: Senior Men’s in 1981, Mixed in 1987 and 2008, Tournament of Hearts Ladies’ in 1989, Senior Ladies’ also in 1989, Masters Men’s and Ladies’ in 1995, 2009 and 2010. The club is looking forward to February 2011 when the Alberta Boston Pizza Cup will be staged on arena ice at High River. This may feature teams “Kevin Martin” “Randy Ferby” and “Kevin Koe” It will be, without a doubt, the most prestigious curling event ever held here. It should be a real crowd pleaser.  Our club will ‘Rock For STARS’ February 2011.

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