Women curl Thursdays at Stellar

STELLARTON — More than two dozen women are learning to curl and improving their game during the Thursday night women’s league at Stellar Curling Club.

Kelsey MacDonald and Raylene MacPherson are two of the curlers who are taking part in the 10-week program that began January 4.

“We have about 24 to 26 curlers each time,” MacDonald said. “They love it. They’re already on board for next year.”

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It’s a chance for MacDonald and MacPherson to rekindle their enthusiasm for curling from three years ago, and they enjoy the game for similar reasons.

“I like the strategy,” MacPherson said. “There are lots of people who keep coming back.”

“It’s a glorified chess game,” MacDonald said.

The program has helped boost the club’s membership past 70 and has encouraged the club that it has a curling niche that the women enjoy.

“This is the first time I’ve curled outside of charity events,” said Kathy Cloutier who, with four of her colleagues from Northern Pulp, joined the program. “Raylene has done a wonderful job in establishing a league for women like me who want to learn the sport in a great atmosphere. I only just met her through joining this league. She’s a breath of fresh air. It’s a great group of women.”

From left, Kelsey MacDonald and Raylene MacPherson are among those enjoying the Thursday night women’s league at Stellar Curling Club. (Goodwin photo)

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Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.