(Editor’s note: The following is a letter received earlier this week by the Directors, Executive and Membership of the St. Marys Curling Club.)
Re: Ontario Mixed and Senior Mixed Championship week
We cannot find enough words to express our appreciation and gratitude for the efforts put forth by your club, its volunteers, and the Town of St Marys, during the Ontario Curling Association Mixed and Senior Mixed Championships.
From the moment we arrived until our departure, we were met with smiles, genuine concern for our well-being, and all-around support for the sport of curling. Your organization committee, headed by Amie Shackleton, is by far the most productive and successful group I have come into contact with in over 40 years of participating in events such as this.
Your ice surface is as close as you can come to arena style ice conditions in a four-sheet club facility. The speed was consistently fast and the amount of movement was exceptional. We hope that you are proud of your volunteers and of your facility, as they are both quite extraordinary.
The temporary changing facilities, despite the poor weather, was well thought out and very much appreciated.
The local sponsors also left a lasting impression on us, since everywhere we went, curling items could be found on prominent display. This kind of coordination with your volunteers is just one of the many “little” things that brings folks back to your town when the weather turns to more favourable conditions.
Once again, thank you for opening your doors and welcoming us to your curling home, as we really enjoyed the visit. Please consider hosting similar events in the future, which we believe could only heighten the profile of St Marys!
Team Thurston (Wendy Coulson, Ray Lappalainen, Lisa Ruttan and Rick Thurston)
Dundas Granite Curling Club