TRURO, N.S. – Talk about a win-win.
When 30 of the world’s greatest curling teams hit the ice in Truro next month, not only will they compete for their own titles, but the event itself will financially benefit curling in Colchester County for years to come.
For the second time, The Rath Eastlink Community Centre will host the Grand Slam of Curling Masters Oct. 23 to 28.
The host committee for the event has created the Terry Hunt Legacy Fund, named for the late Truro resident who was a well-known and tireless supporter of recreation in the region. He also chaired the host committee when the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling was first played at the RECC in 2015.
The fund will see some of the profits from such things as ticket sales, sponsorships, 50-50 draws and program sales invested in the development and enhancement of curling in the county.
“Money will be placed in this fund to support curling-related initiatives, both capital and program related, in the local area,” says Craig Burgess, co-chairman of this year’s host committee.
“We see this as a small way to thank the many dedicated volunteers from the curling community who work so hard to bring a successful event like the Grand Slam to Truro,” he says. “We couldn’t do this without them.”
The event will involve more than 120 volunteers.
Burgess, a long-time curler and manager of recreation services for Colchester County, says it’s a true honour to have the curling fund named after Hunt, who passed away in December 2015.
“He was a great man who always put community first in an effort to bring many recreational opportunities to the region.”
The fund idea was developed on the heels of last December’s World Junior A Hockey Challenge which saw creation of the Jed Ritcey Legacy Fund in support of minor hockey locally.
As for the upcoming event itself, Burgess says this is an exciting time in curling for players and for spectators, due to some numerous recent changes in team line-ups. The official draw schedule, including the lists of participating teams, will be released in coming weeks.
Owned and operated by Sportsnet, a Rogers Media company, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an annual series of seven curling tournaments which attract the world’s best curlers. The Masters will be the second stop on the 2018-2019 Grand Slam schedule. Featuring 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams in the world, the Masters is an elite-level competition with $250,000 and valuable tour points on the line.
It is estimated the 2015 Grand Slam generated $1.94 million in economic activity.
Early bird tournament packages went on sale in April and will be available until Sept. 13 for $185. Weekend packages will begin to sell on Sept. 14 for $99.95. All can be purchased at the welcome centre on the main floor of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, 625 Abenaki Road; online at ticketpro.ca; or by calling 1-888-311-9090.