There might have been five or six lion tamers down at the Salmon Arm Curling Centre this weekend, but thankfully none of their lions showed up to interrupt the annual junior bonspiel.
Young curling competitors from across the Shuswap and Okanagan were on the ice this weekend, Feb. 16-17, competing in the club’s premiere junior event of the season. This year’s event featured a circus-themed costume contest, and many competitors came out in elaborate costumes as ringmasters, lion tamers, mimes, clowns and more.
Throughout the weekend, 24 teams in a few different junior divisions took a knee in the hack, making clean throws and sweeping the competition. Plenty of socialization was going on upstairs, and the sounds of friendly competition and motivational cheers echoed throughout the rink.
The first round took to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 16, with more matches and the championship game continuing on Sunday, Feb. 17.