Yukon Curling Facilities
Published on: June 7, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
Nominated by: Linden MattieWatch the TSN SportsCentre broadcast >
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Yukon Curling Facilities
The Yukon Curling Association (YCA) is excited to submit a Kraft Celebration tour application on behalf of the Yukon and Northwestern BC Curling Community. YCA is the sport governing body for Curling and assists six curling facilities in the communities of Dawson City, Mayo, Watson Lake, Teslin, Atlin B.C. and Whitehorse. 5 of the 6 facilities are in small communities and operated 100% by community volunteers as they all are in communities of less than 1000 people. Their capacity to maintain services and support each year is very challenging for a lot of reasons. Financial assistance from the Kraft Celebration Tour on individualized special projects will pay dividends for years to come. Operating budgets for our smaller community clubs are pretty much non-existent, and they all rely on the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Special funding such as this contest could provide to our member clubs will benefit each community in a unique way.
The Teslin Curling Club indicated that they would use their portion to partially fund the replacement of their aging curling stones. The Dawson City Curling Club having natural ice, would benefit from having two sets of light weight Curling stones for their curling rink.This would allow the sport to be more accessible for younger members of the community.The Mayo Curling Club also is interested in having two sets of light rocks, as well as upgrading of their ice maintenance equipment. The Atlin Curling Club is also in need of upgraded ice maintenance equipment. The Whitehorse Curling Club is in need of an additional community meeting and office space.A portion of the Kraft Celebration Tour prize would be targeted to go to that major project.
Young Yukon Curling athletes and teams are excelling Nationally and internationally.YCA is determined to continue this work in supporting the grassroots development of our athletes. We do not know where the next superstar will come from,but we do know that we want to make sure that our communities in Yukon provide an opportunity for their community members to become champions.
We recognize that this application is not a typical application for this contest but we do hope that the panel sees the value and benefit on helping the Curling Community in Yukon as a whole,and would be excited to have Whitehorse be the host community for the Sportscentre broadcast.We are a community and we want to ensure that Curling remains a viable option for winter recreation in our smaller communities in the North.This would be a first time for this contest to reach north of the 60th parallel. The prize winnings, if we were one of the successful applications would have a significant impact on winter recreation opportunities for residents of Yukon and Northwestern B.C. What a celebration that would be!
Our unique nomination offers the opportunity to support 6 separate communities in the North!
Curling facilities are notoriously expensive to operate, even in communities with large populations to support them. With rising operation and maintenance costs, our community clubs are finding their limited funds drained before they are able to lead and conduct new programs, specifically those targeted for youth and beginner curlers.
If each of our community clubs were awarded their share of a Kraft Celebration Tour Price, it would provide for long lasting and tangible benefits to each of our 6 member communities. Our member communities are privileged to have the facilities that they currently do, and with their portion of a Celebration Tour award, each community could ensure that their clubs remain accessible to all members of their community for seasons to come. Our sport provides access to fun, social, and active recreation for community members of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Being awarded one of the Kraft Celebration Tour prizes, our member clubs will continue to provide a place to build community spirit, and create memories during our long northern winters!