Update: A quote was changed regarding youth curling in Fort St. John.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Despite the new arrival of a chiller to regulate ice temperature in November, COVID-19 restrictions put the curling season on ice.
According to the Sport BC and provincial health mandate, there are no adult sports allowed at any level.
For a club whose membership is primarily adults, the light at the end of the tunnel is a long way off.
The Fort St. John Soccer Club leased out half of the curling club to construct a recently completed futsal pitch.
Since soccer is more popular among young children, their programs can continue under provincial health regulations.
Executive Director of the Fort St. John Curling club says the lack of young curlers makes it hard to run a youth program.
“We don’t have a youth base of curling, so with the current Covid-19 restrictions, we don’t have youth to do youth curling.”
Curling season runs from October to April, meaning the club could lose out on an entire season.
While the curling club has faced financial difficulty in recent years, Furlot says the community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s not just us, you know. It’s not just Fort St. John. It’s all over the province.”
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