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Winning it all

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The first leg of the Manitoba 55+ Games took place at the Swan River Community Centre from March 18 - 20 when curling teams took to the ice to compete in two different events.
The 2-Person Stick Curling was the first chance senior players would get to compete as part of the games on March 18. Sixteen teams gathered together at the centre to engage in a contest of skill with the opportunity to bring a medal home.
In the A division, gold was captured by Lorna Spicer and Kathy Sanderson and silver went to Peggy and Dennis Kalynuk.
In the B division, gold went to Glen Campbell and Doug MacLeod and silver went to Warren Johnson and Brad Childe.
The C division saw Brian and Mildred Cotton capture the gold, and the D division gold winners were Murray Parsons and Bob Tibble.
March 19 and 20 brought five teams to the centre for the 4-Person Ice Curling event.
The gold winners were Jerry Dominato, Blaire Martin, Sheree Soura and Ida Gorchynski. Taking home the silver medal was Barry Tall, Jim Webster, Dennis Kalynuk and Doug MacLeod. The bronze winners were Dave Bettesworth, Dennis Bowles, Miles Grandfield and Dale Jersak.
Over the course of three days, the ice surface could be seen at all times filled with curlers enjoying their sport and the camaraderie amongst participants.
“I think it went over very well,” said Manitoba 55+ Games Curling Chairperson Jerry Dominato. “Although, we would have liked to have more participation from outside the Valley.”
Only two teams – enrolled in the 2-Person Stick Curling event – from outside the Valley limits participated in the Games.
“There was a lot of conflict with other things that were going on,” said Dominato. “People from around the Winnipeg area go to nationals and the 2 Person Stick Curling in Nova Scotia takes place at the end of March so it conflicted with some other things. That’s just the nature of the beast.”
As this was only the second year curling was offered at the Manitoba 55+ Games, the hope is that the competition garners more attention and can see teams travelling in to participate more frequently.
“They can’t have it at the same time as the rest of the games in June because most people don’t have ice at that time of the year,” said Dominato.
Despite smaller groups than anticipated, the games in Swan River seemed to be a great highlight with a lot of memories made for those who participated.
“Most people enjoyed themselves,” said Dominato. “The people that came from out of town were happy they did.”

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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