Killarney’s Shamrock Centre is getting great reviews as the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts continues until Sunday.
Sixteen of the province’s top women’s curling teams are in Killarney vying for the right to head to the national Scotties.
“It’s a spectacular venue the ice looks great and so does the entire facility. It’s a great place for fans to watch and the banquet hall the way the committee has put it together and everyone is so welcoming to people not just at the event but in the entire community and sometimes that small town flavour is really wonderful for events like this” said Debbie Schween President of CurlManitoba.
Provincial championships are moved around each year and Schween says rural communities are certainly doing their part in hosting successful events. “For the most part it was becoming tougher to host it in Winnipeg to actually have people come out and volunteer as well as to attend the event but it is getting better and last year’s Scotties at Charleswood was a success. But it all comes down to the host committee.”
Schween adds they try to move events back and forth between city and rural venues but it doesn’t always happen that way.
“Curling is doing very well and I think going into an Olympic year there’s a lot of interest in the form of a heightened awareness and intensity with new people watching to see what the sport is about and maybe it is something they are going to want to try” said Schween.
Killarney hosted the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2010 and again in 2018 and Schween says that is a pretty quick turn around for a community to host. She adds when you have a host committee and volunteers like Killarney and the venue like the Shamrock Centre it’s no surprise the Scotties is back in Killarney twice within a decade.
“We have a lot of young curlers here this week so that shows you how strong our programs are in Manitoba. So I think we are in a very good standing for the years to come at the junior ranks.”
On ice action from Wednesday afternoon