Gateway Curling Club members had a blast volunteering at the Brier

Published on March 27, 2017

Curlers Leon Forsey and Dave Thomas say the noise and excitement level of spectators at the Brier was the most memorable part.

Most Newfoundlanders got caught up in the excitement of the recent Tim Horton’s Brier, but some local curlers had a chance to experience it for themselves.

Gateway Curling Club president Dr. Dave Thomas and members Leon Forsey and Linda Davis Kettle were selected to volunteer at the Brier in St. John’s and loved every minute of it. They each performed different functions, with Thomas working security, Forsey selling 50/50 tickets, and Davis Kettle helping out in concessions.

Ticket selling was a key motivator. In total the Brier raised $500,000, half of which will go to the province’s junior curling programs. It’s funding the club will be able to access for its own junior curlers. The funds also allowed for a significant donation towards the Janeway Children’s Hospital neonatal unit.

The club hopes that the Brier win will help them recruit new members. Currently they have between 50 and 60 curlers, about 25 junior curlers and 17 members in their Little Rocks program.

Forsey sold 50/50 tickets to Thursday night’s winner, who spent her almost $20,000 in winnings on a private booth for Friday’s game. She had invited her mother to join her and that night her mother won the draw. On Saturday night he sold the winning ticket to Brier curler Kevin Koe’s father. It also happened to be his birthday.