The First Annual Welcome Wagon Bonspiel turned out to be a big hit – on an international level. Twelve teams, comprised of 32 inexperienced curlers (less than 5 years’ experience) and 16 experienced curlers, participated. Curlers from as far away as Eugene to the south, and Vancouver, BC to the north, descended upon the Evergreen Curling Club Nov 8-9 to take part.
The purpose of the bonspiel was to introduce new curlers to everything fun about bonspieling, in a fun, relaxed and learning environment – with little emphasis placed on the team’s win-loss records.
Having fun, making new friends, helping new curlers and learning a few of the finer points of curling is what this bonspiel was all about. With that goal in mind, it was a great success!
Thanks to all of the teams and individuals who helped make this a great event…..including those who deserve some special recognition:
Least Experienced Team: The Eugene Group – Josh Engle (2 years) and his team from Eugene who had attended only a single Learn-to-Curl class!
Best Outfits: Curls Gone Wild, with their great hats, from Marpole Curling Club in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Great job Christa, Christina, Erin and Elizabeth!
Best Record: it wouldn’t be a bonspiel if we didn’t recognize the team with the best record – Team Schaak; Doug Schaak, Roger Chan, Margee Will (who came up with the great idea for this bonspiel) and Eric Bryant.
Congratulations to those, and all teams, for participating! See you next year!