Colourful curlers ‘Rock the Rainbow’… Pink Broom style!

2013 Pink Broom Champions Team Tap-back Turquoise (from left): Shelley Birston, Logan Chinski, Matt Kluke, Scott Robertson, Mallory Miller, Rob MacEachern, Alan Antasuda and Debbie McKay.

2013 Pink Broom Champions Team Tap-back Turquoise (from left): Shelley Birston, Logan Chinski, Matt Kluke, Scott Robertson, Mallory Miller, Rob MacEachern, Alan Antasuda and Debbie McKay.

On Nov. 16, 56 colourful curlers came out to “Rock the Rainbow” in a fun-filled day of curling at the Vancouver Curling Club for the 2013 Pink Broom Bonspiel, hosted by the Pacific Rim Curling League (PRCL).

Seven teams, each representing a colour of the rainbow, were assigned prior to the event, with team players encouraged to ‘rock the rainbow’ by wearing their official colour. The competition included teams Raising Red, Out-turn Orange, Yelling Yellow, Granite Green, Tap-back Turquoise, Button Blue and Pebbly Purple.

Dressed in their official colour, teams of eight curled in a variety of games, starting with a standard 4-end game, followed by a Skins game, Skills Challenge, two Doubles games and ending with another Skins game. In addition to many of its own members, the PRCL was pleased to welcome participants from other VCC leagues as well as curlers from the Richmond and Marpole Curling Clubs.

After the points were totalled, Team Tap-back Turquoise (Debbie McKay, Rob MacEachern, Mallory Miller, Alan Antasuda, Shelley Birston, Matt Kluke, Scott Robertson and Logan Chinski) took the title as the 2013 Pink Broom Champions, each winning a stunning plant provided by Kermodi Living Art.

Winning Turquoise member Debbie McKay was delighted to curl with her fellow team mates. “The event was really well done from the detailed decor and colourfully-coordinated candy treats, to the yummy Pinki Martinis!” exclaimed Debbie. “The format initiated lots of fun and camaraderie among team mates as well as competitors. This event is definitely a must-do next year!”

Team Yellow member Garrison Kuhlmann thought the Continental Cup format proved challenging and a lot of fun too. “The Pink Broom has always been a great social event, but it’s also an opportunity to share insight into the strategies between the veterans and the newbies,” noted Garrison. “An event like the Pink Broom definitely brings our league closer together.”

Chad Jupe agreed with his Yellow team mate. “I’ve been a PRCL member for 12 years and this was my first Pink Broom. It was great getting to know fellow curlers I’ve seen over the years, but have never actually met,” says Chad. “It was also a great opportunity to learn different styles of curling such as Skins and Doubles.”

Off the ice, a ‘savoury’ lunch was provided by PRCL Silver sponsor Savoury City. As well, Team Green member Yves Moisan won the 50/50 draw, and Team Red member Terry Hutcheson won two tickets to Ghost Light Projects The Boys in The Band.

Team Red member Matt Hinton best summed up the event: “Only one team can win. The Pink Broom is really all about meeting people and having fun… and we certainly did!”

Thank you to those who added their own colour to the 2013 Pink Broom Bonspiel: stellar event organizer Clayton Bergquist, the VCC staff, and volunteers Johnny LaRusic, Casey Smith, Heather Kisbee, Jason Tusor, Gerald Gunn and David Devine.

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