Stettler curling team came home proud winning the bronze at the World Rotary Curling Championship 2016 held in Grand Prairie from April 2-9.
The team had Rotarians Collin Georget as skip, Tim Fox as third, Scott Roberts as second and Brian Sribney as lead.
The Stettler team qualified to represent Western Canada Rotary Clubs two years ago by winning a provincial qualifier.
“We attended the world championships with one goal – making it to the playoffs,” said Collin Georget. “We curled nine round robin games and it all came down to the last round robin game against a USA team from North Carolina, and we had a great game and won that game and then also needed three other teams to lose that day in order for us to finish fourth in the round robin, which also amazingly happened.”
That gave the Stettler team a berth in the playoffs Friday morning, when they played the first place team from Grande Prairie.
“We had a good game but lost to them, moving them into the gold/silver game and us to the bronze medal game,” said Georget. “For the bronze medal we played a team from Burlington, Ont. who had beaten us earlier in the week.”
According to Georget, it was a great game and very close.
“We were down by one going into the seventh end and stole a point in that end and then had a great eighth end and stole another point to win the game and the bronze medal,” added Georget. “The week of curling was long but great fun, as most club curlers rarely get an opportunity to curl in a full round robin format like a Brier or Scotties, which is a great thrill.”
The event, according to Georget and his team, was also much more than just curling as they had the opportunity to visit and build friendships with Rotarians from all over Canada, USA, Scotland and England.
“We were treated to great hospitality in Grande Prairie and have made some lifelong Rotary friends,” said Georget.