The 1st Annual Nuway Crushing Cash Spiel has seen two major developments in one week, both of which will mean big things for the future of the event.
The Cash Spiel has secured a major curling team, and managed to increase its prize money to $20,000.
The Whitehorse Curling Club has now guaranteed cash prizes of $20,000 due to a very successful season of fundraising and volunteer efforts.
Club members work at such things as Bingo, weddings, and cash calendars to raise funds to support the club and the growth of curling.
Second, the 1st Annual Nuway Crushing Cash Spiel will have six-time Canadian and four-time World Curling Champion Randy Ferbey in attendance.
Ferbey will be joined by other curling legends Arnold Asham, founder of Asham Curling Supplies, and 2002 Olympic Silver medallist Don Walchuk.
Ferbey’s longtime second Scott Pfeifer is tentatively the fourth team member, but may be unable to attend due to prior commitments.
“I was thrilled when I heard from them (Ferbey),” commented Derek Charlton, chair of the Host Committee, “having Randy here with Don Walchuk and Arnold Asham will be amazing. Now we hope that Scott will be able to confirm soon.”
Ferbey’s team will make time for other stops while in Whitehorse for the cash spiel.
Details are being worked out for some school appearances as well as potentially some work with junior curlers.
“Randy stressed the importance of junior curling and wants to be sure that he has time to meet with the kids.”
The 1st Annual Nuway Crushing Cash Spiel will be taking place at the Whitehorse Curling Club from November 16th – 19th, 2006.
Last week, Yukon high schools battled it out for soccer supremacy, and this week it was the elementary schools turn.
Twelve school teams took the field on Friday, and Selkirk emerged with the gold in an exiting Saturday afternoon final against Christ the King at FH Collins field. A perfect cross from the right side in overtime clinched for Selkirk with a 3-2 score.
The Jack Hulland Hawks took the bronze, beating Takhini 2-0.
Selkirk, Takhini and Christ the King all went undefeated in the round-robin.
Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club
Beautiful fall sunny weather and the winding McClintock River greeted Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club paddlers for the last race of the season on Saturday.
The ‘Autumn Classic Race’ went 16 kilometres — eight upstream, then a jump out of the boats to retrieve a suspended ping pong ball, then back into the boats and a faster eight kilometres downstream sprint.
Here are the results:
1st Greg McHale, surfski, 1:39.08
2nd Joe Bishop, K-1, 1:48:18
3rd Stephen Mooney, Dennis Fosseneuve, C-2, 1:49:02
4th Tim Hodgkins, C-1, 1:52:44
5th Travis Holmes, Lelia Mesfos, C-2, 1:56:26
6th Royce Casford, Tricia Duncan, C-2, 1:58:42
7th Liz Bosely, Pat McKenna, C-2, 2:00:25
8th Lene Nielsen, K-1, 2:18:10
9th Susan Antpoehler, K-1, 2:44:50
10th Tracey Rempel, K-1, 2:44:50