Masters curlers rock the house in Whitehorse

The 2015 Canadian Masters Curling Championship wraps up in Whitehorse this weekend after a busy week.

Curlers from across the country ages 60 and up compete in week-long tournament

Twelve men's and women's teams are in Whitehorse for the Canadian Masters Curling Championship. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

The 2015 Canadian Masters Curling Championship in Whitehorse this week has been a long time coming. 

"This is the first time the masters has ever been north of sixty," says Pat Banks, tournament organizing co-chair.

Banks' counterpart, Elaine Sumner, says the organizing committee has been trying for about eight years to bring the event to Whitehorse.

The competition brings together curlers ages 60 and older from across the country. 

"We have 12 men's teams and 12 ladies' teams involved. Everywhere across Canada, the only place that's not represented is Nunavut," Sumner says.

She says the calibre of curling is high at this competition and involves many former Scotties and Brier participants.

Hurry hard

Karen Lepine with Team BC calls out to her teammates in the noisy curling rink. (Philippe Morin/CBC)
There's been a lot of action at the Whitehorse Curling Club all week, with several teams playing at the same time. 

"It's noisy, gotta use a lot of hand signals, but then I can be noisy too," smiles Karen Lepine from Team BC.

Many players enjoy the camaraderie of attending a big competition like this. 

"The best part is the people, you meet a lot of people over the years. Coming to Whitehorse is like coming home, because we've competed against Yukon many times to get to nationals," says Jack Mackinnon with Team NWT. 

Popular destination

Banks says having the championships in the Yukon is created a lot of excitement.

"I'm amazed at the response because I think we are having more spouses come with the teams this year than have ever gone to a masters nationals," she says. 

For Gerry Kent, the comeptition offers a chance to explore a different part of the country. 

"It's great, it's my first trip to the Yukon and I'm looking forward to exploring a bit when we have some time," says the Team BC player. 

The games continue until Sunday. 


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