Haliburton Curling Club’s AGM sweeps in on Sunday

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Roche and Lewis discuss rock placement. Photo - Terrance Gavan.

By Terrance Gavan – Sports

Curling season at the Haliburton Curling Club began in earnest this week.

Oh and just a reminder that the Annual General Meeting is slated for Sunday, Oct. 16. There will also be practice ice available Sunday morning for four hours or so.AGM’s as everybody knows are blasts.

My own curling year started last Tuesday evening in the mixed league. I didn’t throw one rock in preparation. I never stretch. I don’t run. And I paid for it last week. It took me an hour to get out of bed on Wednesday morning. And when I finally managed to get to the coffee machine I noted with some alarm that my eyes were even with the countertop. I looked like the second guy on that anthropology chart. You know the guy. The hunchback pictured just before Australiopithacus Spina Bifida (sic) on the evolutionary scale.

Friends around town were giving me strange looks as I limped downHighland Streeton Wednesday afternoon.

“My god, Gavan?” one of my cronies asked. “What happened to you? Did you fall off the roof?”

“No,” I replied.

“You look terrible,” another said. “Hip replacement?”

“No,” I said. “I’m fine.”

I limped on, toward Home Hardware.

I was stopped several times.

“Gavan!” said a tennis crony. “Did you fall off your bike again?”

“No!” I said.

In the pharmacy I endured more embarrassing prattle.

“Terrance, what’s wrong with you? Is your back out? I have this book called ‘Chicken Soup for the Weak-Spined Soul’ and I think it might help.” Then he grabbed my arm and guided me to the pharmacy door.

There is no power on earth that will coerce me into admitting to that one body could get so bent out of shape by participation in a game of… curling! So I took the low road. I lied.

By Friday? I was hurting less and talking more.

“Terry what happened?”

“I fell out of a maple tree, picking apples,” I said.

“But Terry,” they said. “Apples don’t grow on Maples.”

“See,” I said. “Where the hell were you before I climbed that bloody tree?”

So I’m old. And I curl. Ten years ago I laughed at people like me. Not anymore. This week I curled three nights running. Great way to get into shape and you know what?

The Haliburton Curling Club is a great way to spend the winter. I came back to curling two seasons ago, 20 years after my last serious run at curling. I was greeted with open arms – well until the members figured that I was a chatterbox – and a full slate of games.

I’m not writing to sell you on the sport. But every year we get new members and every year I watch them grow. And I get to meet a bunch of fit, sound and absolutely charming seniors.

We have men and women in Haliburton still throwing rocks well into their eighties.

That tells me something. I watched Jack Cox (87) sweeping a rock into the house on Tuesday night and I turned to one of the new members.

“Watch that guy sweep, Marty,” I said. “That’s Jack and he’s 87 years old.”

Marty just stared. “Wow.”

So, if you’d like to come out and get a feeling fore the local curling club? Show up early on Sunday. Throw a few rocks with some of the coaches that will be there volunteering their time.

There’s a special membership rate for new members. And if it’s too late to get started for the fall draw?

Talk to one of the club members and they’ll give you loads of information about the winter-spring session.

Curling. It’s a great way to get into shape. Or preferably? Stay in shape.

And if you’re new to the community? You will meet friendly, zealous, and fun-loving people from 8-88. Go to haliburtoncurlingclub.com or phone 705-457-2830 for more info. New members welcome.

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