CurlManitoba president Rob Van Kommer (left) and VP Kim Warburton unveil the new curling license plate design.
Curlers and curling fans in Manitoba have a new way to show their passion for the roaring game.
CurlManitoba and Andrew Swan, the minister responsible for Manitoba Public Insurance, announced this week that they are launching a new CurlManitoba specialty license plate. The plate has been in the works for over a year now and it will be available on Monday at more than 300 Autopac agents across the province.
The plates cost $70, with $30 of that going to the Curling for Life Endowment Fund that is used for program development, scholarships and promotion of curling in Manitoba. However, if people who purchase the plates are members of a curling club, they can notify the club, which will then receive $10 from CurlManitoba for every plate purchased. CurlManitoba president Rob Van Kommer of Carberry believes money going directly to the clubs is a very important aspect of the announcement.
"Not only does the Curling for Life Endowment Fund get a huge investment, the clubs have a chance to get their money back too," Van Kommer said from the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg. "Travelling across Manitoba we were told numerous times that we don’t do enough for the clubs, and this way the clubs get a chance to track their members and how many plates they buy.
"… It’s going to be awesome and the reaction we’ve gotten from just sitting in the CurlManitoba booth here at the curling trials has been just amazing. If a quarter of the people buy it who say they’re going to buy it, it’s a huge deal for us."
This is the sixth specialty plate issued in Manitoba. People who order it can pick a number they want on the plate as long as it hasn’t already been given out. There also will not be a fee to re-register plates from one specialty plate to another on a vehicle.
Van Kommer said the committee worked hard in order for the plates to be available in time to be Christmas presents, whether people use them as collectors items or on their vehicles. He also hopes that people driving around with CurlManitoba plates, as well as the money made from them, will help grow the sport at the grassroots level.
"Hopefully with the endowment money and that, now we’re going to have a substantial boost to our development program and we need lots of people to start curling and try the game," he said.
PLAYDOWNS: The masters men’s regional playdowns run from Monday to Wednesday, with the Westman event being held in Boissevain.
<Bt-4>EXTRA ENDS: Neepawa is hosting a Boxing Day Bonspiel. Teams will play three six-end games. The cost is $80. Contact <B>Weldon Newton at 204-476-3824 … Brandon’s masters men’s bonspiel will run from Jan. 6-7. The entry fee is $160 per team. For more information, call <B>Brian Johnston at 204-571-6962 …Minnedosa is putting on a junior bonspiel on Jan. 2 for anyone in Grade 5 or older. Three games are guaranteed and the entry fee is $60 per squad. Contact <B>Jean Garbolinsky at 204-867-2372 or <B>Krista Dillabough at 204-867-5453. Minnedosa will also host a mixed bonspiel from
Jan. 18-19. The cost is $100 per team. Contact <B>Carol Taylor at 204-867-2245 or <B>Mel Harvey at 204-867-2909 … The Brandon Curling Club is putting on free adult learn to curl sessions every Monday night at 8:30 and sturling every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 5, 2013