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Come Curl The Cold Away This Winter

Looking for a fun way to stay active this winter? Try curling in the Granite Curling Club’s University Sunday League (GUSL)!

With a focus on fun, affordability, and lots of curling, GUSL is a great way for beginners and experienced curlers alike to enjoy Canada’s ‘other’ winter ice sport. Centrally located and hosted by the Granite Curling Club—one of Alberta’s most historic curling clubs at nearly 100 years old—the league plays on Sunday evenings from October to March. Whether you’re still learning the basics or trying to hone your skills, GUSL is for anyone who enjoys exercise, friendly competition, and maybe a pint or two after the game.

Why curling? Well, it’s a blast, for one thing, and for another it’s just about the most Canadian thing you can do this winter! Who wouldn’t want to throw rocks down some ice with a group of their friends? But seriously, curling is trickier than it looks, and the rush of making a difficult shot is hard to match. It’s a game you can grow with, and, as you improve, there will always be a new challenge to test your skills and keep you coming back for more.

credit Shawn Benbow

 

Why else? Curling is surprisingly good exercise. Don’t believe us? After a few minutes of sweeping and running around on the ice, you might be surprised—it’s a great way to stay fit and work out some muscles you might have forgotten you have. And it won’t break the bank: a $225 GUSL membership (less a small discount for first time members) gets you 17 weeks of curling and free practice ice, plus includes free rental of all the basic equipment you’ll need to get started in the sport.

But more than anything, curling is a good night out with good people, and that’s what GUSL tries to promote. From learn-to-curl nights and skills competitions to grilled cheese nights and Halloween costume contests, the goal is competition but never at the expense of enjoyment.

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, we’d love to have you. Visit www.gusl.ca for league information and to sign up. Or, if you’ve never curled before and aren’t sure, why not come to one of our free learn-to-curl sessions and try it out for yourself? You’ll have a chance to throw some rocks, learn basic skills from experienced curlers, and ‘try before you buy’. We’ll be hosting learn-to-curl nights on September 26 and 28. Please visit www.gusl.ca to register, or email us at granitesundays@gmail.com with any inquiries.

See you on the ice!

 

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