Thessalon Curling Club Hosts "Curling Across the Nation"

Rob Swan-Curling at Thessalon Curling Club
Rob Swan-Curling at Thessalon Curling Club
Rob Swan made a stop in Thessalon over the holidays, as part of his journey across Canada raising money for his home town curling club in Harvey Station, New Brunswick.

Rob organized a Curling Across the Nation tour, during which he’s pledged to curl 100 games in an effort to save his 53 year old hometown curling club. The Harvey Station club, like many older clubs, was suffering from age and needed many costly updates, which the small club could not afford. All of the proceeds Rob raises during his tour, will go directly to repairing the club, so that future generations of curlers will have the opportunity to learn and enjoy the sport.

Thessalon Curling Club Hosts "Curling Across the Nation"

Thessalon curler and event organizer, Robin MacDonald, saw Rob on the National News and thought that the Thessalon Curling Club could help him out. Robin says “when a few others saw him as well and wanted to participate too, she contacted Rob and didn’t stop bugging him until he agreed to come to Thessalon. However, the only time he could make it was during the holidays, which made planning the event a bit tricky”.

On December 27th Rob visited the Thessalon Curling Club, which hosted a Holiday Fun Spiel to raise money for his tour, as well as their own club. 16 teams entered the spiel, with curlers of all ages coming out. Robin said, “it was a wonderful opportunity for families to try the game and have fun, and because it was held over the holidays, many people from out of town who were in Thessalon visiting family, were able to participate".

Mayor Orlando, Rob Swan and Robin MacDonald
Mayor Orlando, Rob Swan and Robin MacDonald

The club also organized a silent auction and local businesses and residents stepped up to donate some beautiful items. Others made cash donations to sponsor the Fun Spiel.  The club put on a pasta dinner with local musicians and dancers entertaining the crowd. They also held a 50/50 draw, and curlers could enter their name in a pool for a chance to play in the feature game at 7pm with Rob Swan.

TCC President Matt Seabrook presents cheque
TCC President Matt Seabrook presents cheque

The Thessalon Curling Club was able to present Rob Swan with a cheque for $1000 to support Curling Across the Nation. Rob also went home with a beautiful work of stained glass representing the ice surface of a curling rink, donated by artist Jeannine Rosenberg and her husband Bill. Mayor Orlando presented Rob with a certificate and photograph of the Town of Thessalon.

Rob later commented on his facebook page that “the Thessalon Curling Club went way above anything that I had ever thought possible. It was one of the most memorable days on the tour.”

Rob has completed over half of his games so far and is looking to wrap up his tour in the next couple of months. Plans are currently underway for Rob to play his 100th game at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Calgary February 28th-March 8th 2015.

Winners of the Curling pool left to right Mel MacKay, Margi Turner, Tim Bellerose (back) Johnny Morden, Marcus Senecal, Grant Jeffery, Tom Mills, Rob Swan (front)
Winners of the Curling pool left to right Mel MacKay, Margi Turner, Tim Bellerose (back) Johnny Morden, Marcus Senecal, Grant Jeffery, Tom Mills, Rob Swan (front)

photos courtesy of the Thessalon Curling Club.

For more information on youth, adult and floor curling programs offered by the Thessalon Curling Club- check out their facebook page here.