Island curlers gear up for world record attempt
Ten curlers from Campbell River are gearing up for what could be the longest curling game ever.
The curlers are attempting to break the Guinness World Record set by Dumfries Curling Club in Scotland last season. The Scots played for 61 hours, 39 minutes and 33 seconds.
Their endurance game begins tomorrow, October 11, at 8 a.m.
The 10 players are: Cody Hall, Andrew Veldhuis, Trevor McClung, Paul Mansueto, Rhys Mansueto, Ed Mullen, Mike Fowler, Paul Miller, Cliff Carr-Hilton and John LaPointe.
They must curl a continuous game, four per side with two players rotating in.
Susanne Grundison, co-chair of the event, said: “To break the record, the 10 players need to curl until about 10pm Saturday night. They do get ‘comfort breaks’ to use the washroom and they do get to sleep which works out to be about 2 hours sleep every 8 hours. We have a physio team from Rehab in Motion who is working with the 10 players to ensure they are fit as they can be.”
Alongside the Guinness World Record attempt, the Campbell River Club is hosting a charity spiel which will take place on day two of the attempt. Teams will be competing to raise money for five local charities, including the Campbell River Hospital Foundation, Campbell River Hospice Society, Campbell River and North Island Transition Society, Campbell River Head Injury Society and the town’s SPCA branch.
Susanne added: “We have had wonderful support from Grieg Seafood, Save on Foods, Rosebowl Restaurant, Royal Coachman, Tyee Chev Olds, Fusilli Grill, RBC, and Harris Nissan. It’s been truly great how the community has come together.”
For more information and to see a picture of the hardy curlers, see the story in the Campbell River Mirror.