Curlers gather for fun event in Brookfield

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There was fun and laughter on the ice when twelve teams of curlers gathered for the 12th annual Mayor’s Challenge Curling event on Saturday.

Murray MacKay and Valerie Munroe sweep the ice during play in the Mayor’s Challenge Curling event in Brookfield. Twelve teams took part this year.

“This is a fun event,” said Craig Burges, manager of recreation services for the County of Colchester and organizer of the challenge, which was held at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield. “People enjoy themselves and meet friends and that is what curling’s all about.”

He said the event draws people of all ages, from youth to seniors, and includes both beginners and experienced curlers.

“We want to encourage people to try curling,” he added. “There are some people who are new this year and some teams who have been coming since 2008.

“We have people from Tatamagouche who come every year. They play on a hockey rink there so they enjoy getting on a surface designed for curling.”

Jeff Purchase is from Truro but now lives in Pugwash. He returns to the area to take part in the curling event with his family.

“This is about the only time I curl all year but it’s a physical activity I get to do with my whole family,” he said. “My 13-year-old son, cousins, nieces and nephews are here. My sister and her family come from Antigonish and my aunt and her daughters come from Halifax. I get to see familiar people and meet new ones.

“It’s a sport everyone can take part in. You don’t need to have a lot of skill.”

Geographic location: Brookfield, Colchester, Tatamagouche Pugwash Halifax

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