NELSON CURLING CLUB 1898-2013
The Nelson Curling Club has been in existence for a very long time. Perhaps the best expression of how long that time is appears at left. Citizens of this city had begun gathering together to form the first Nelson Curling Club five years before the advent of the age of powered flight in 1903.
In the 115 years which have passed since then, curling and the Nelson club have continously played a major part in the sporting life of our community. Thousands of people have launched close to 2,000,000 rocks down the ice of a number of facilities that have hosted the club.
MILESTONES IN CLUB HISTORY
1898- First curling club built at Stanley and Robson Street.
1915- Rink burns down. Curling goes on sporadically during war at four sheet facility in the “Fair” building on the site of the present Civic arena.
1922 – Curlers build new rink in Rosemount at Hamilton and McQuarrie.
1934 – Artificial ice comes to City with Rosemount rink torn down and new facility constructed adjacent to present curling rink.
1945 – World famous Nelson Midsummer Bonspiel is inaugurated by a number of local curlers
1973 – Existing club is built and curling commences there
Competitive curling has always been an important part of the curling scene at the Nelson Curling Club. Hanging from the rafters and adorning the walls of the club are championship and medal banners that are proud testimony to the quality of competitive curlers that have called the Nelson Curling Club their home for over three decades.
In men’s curling, Nelson has sent competitors to represent British Columbia at every level of national championship at one time or another. We have produced Canadian champions at the Master’s level, B.C. champions at the Seniors level, and the 2005 Briar saw two of Nelson’s finest representing British Columbia on
the ice at Edmonton’s Rexall Place.
Nelson has also produced two BC champion mixed rinks in 2003 and 2004. Despite coming from apopulation of less than 10,000 in a province of 4,000,000, our junior and senior ladies have been finalists at provincial competitions over several years.
The Club welcomes competitive curlers who have moved to the city. Announce yourself in the Forum and you will find no shortage of opportunities to participate in our sport at the competitive level. You will also find discussions of the various competitions as they come up throughout the curling season.