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New club managers Merv and Jacqui Wiesner and their ice maintenance crew. Left to right, ice technician Ryan Wells, Merv Wiesner, ice maker Darcy Myers, Jacqui Wiesner and volunteer Rick Graham.
The Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club has appointed a new management team dedicated to improving the curling program and bringing in some fresh young faces.
Longtime members Pat Bibby, Merv and Jacqui Wiesner were appointed by the club’s board of directors in September to the club management team, assuming the management responsibilities of the clubs curling operations.
“Our biggest goal is to improve the curling experience, to increase our number of curlers and to have a good season of curling,” Jacqui said.
Husband and wife Merv and Jacqui Wiesner have been members of the club for more than 35 years.
The curling club currently has about 400 members, a number the new management team hope to increase by attracting new curlers, particularly of a younger demographic.
“We need to get our numbers up. We need to promote it to the young people. We need to get into the schools through special promos to get them here,” Merv said.
They plan to implement a series of events and promotions, including Beer and Wings Night to attract casual players and hopefully new members.
“Beer and wings is to try and get people who aren’t serious about curling and just want to come out and have some fun. They may have enough fun that they join one of the leagues. It’s kind of an introductory thing,” Merv said.
The Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club will host curling matches for the Saskatchewan Winter Games, running from Feb. 19-22. The club’s curling season begins Oct. 15.