Forbes curlers eye wheelchair title


NEW GLASGOW — Devin Forbes says he hopes his team can keep improving in its quest for the 2019 Nova Scotia wheelchair curling championship.

Forbes’ team is representing the Bluenose Curling Club, which is once again hosting the event that will take place from February 22 to 24.

“I’m confident we’ll put on a good show and have a good time,” he said.

Forbes is joined by mate Bill MacKenzie and three female curlers who will alternate in the lead and second stones: Crystal Mann, Kathy McIsaac and Colleen Robichaud.

John Marshall coaches the Forbes team.

“We’re in training mode,” Marshall said. “It’s coming along really well. We’re going to have fun.”

The three-team draw includes the defending champion Lakeshore club team skipped by Trendel Hubley-Bolivar and the former Lakeshore championship team skipped by Laughie Rutt.

Draws in the double round-robin format are at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22; 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 and at 9 a.m. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (the latter if necessary) on Feb. 24.

Forbes’ team will play at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.

The first-place team will have a bye to the final and will face the winner of the other two teams.

Forbes has also been asked by Sport Nova Scotia to direct one day of wheelchair curling instruction in Sydney in conjunction with the Canadian women’s curling championship that starts on Saturday and ends on Feb. 24. The event is designed to encourage more wheelchair athletes to consider curling.

“It will be a new adventure for me,” Forbes said.

Meanwhile, the Bluenose club is also hosting the Nova Scotia stick curling championship from Friday through Sunday.

Marshall and Haylett Clarke co-chair the organizing committee for the event that features an open division with 18 men’s mixed teams and 10 women’s teams.

Clarke is on one of the teams competing with Allison Munro.

There are two curlers on each stick curling team.

There are eight local teams representing the Bluenose and Westville clubs.

Draws on Friday start at 9:15 a.m., with the last draw a 5:45 p.m.

Saturday’s draws begin at 7:30 a.m. and have a final draw at 9:30 p.m.

Playoffs begin on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with championship games scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

Devin Forbes is skipping the Bluenose Curling Club team that is hosting the 2019 Nova Scotia wheelchair curling championship. Front row, from left: Devin Forbes, Kathy McIsaac and Bill MacKenzie. Back row: Crystal Mann, Colleen Robichaud and coach John Marshall. (Goodwin photo)