Man plans to curl at every club in Canada
Cross-country curling trek could bring man to 1,500 curling clubs
A New Brunswick man plans to sweep the nation, one curling club at a time.
Rob Swan, from Harvey Station, N.B., told CBC Radio's the Afternoon Edition he plans to hit the ice at every curling club in Canada.
Initially, his plan was to curl at every club in New Brunswick to raise enough cash for a new facility to replace the small, two-sheet rink in Harvey Station, just southwest of Fredericton.
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"But since I work across the country, a friend of mine said, 'Why don't you curl across the country?'" Swan, who works for two weeks and then has two weeks off which he spends curling, said.
"So that's where I began. [It's] kind of stupid, I know — but that's okay."
Swan's trek will bring him to Saskatchewan from Jan. 11 to Jan. 24. His first stop will be the Granite Curling Club in Saskatoon.
From there, he'll make his way to Prince Albert, Regina, Swift Current and several other clubs in the province.
And now his goals have evolved to more than just raising money. Swan also wants to raise awareness and garner interest in the sport itself.
He said when he was a kid, it seemed like everyone was curling. But he's noticed a decline in interest, which he thinks is due to a wider variety of activities and hobbies for young people to pursue.
"[Younger people] look at curling as something your mother and father did."
He also said there is a lack of support from municipal and provincial governments for the sport.
But he's confident interest will return as the 2018 Winter Olympics — in Pyeongchang, South Korea — draw near.
"You can learn curling when you're four, five years old," he explained. "You've got that sport for life."
More information on his cross-country curling trip can be found on his Facebook page, Curling Across the Nation.
With files from CBC's Blue Sky