Glen Meadows curlers take gold for the third time

British Columbia Seniors Games win a highlight for local rink

Lawrence Woytowich

There’s a bit of a dynasty happening at the Glen Meadows Curling Club.

The Men’s 55-plus rink of Lawrence Woytowich, Lynn Wilson, Wayne Scott and Jack Campbell won their third gold medal at the B.C. Seniors Games, held Aug. 20 to 24 in Kamloops. It’s the team’s third gold in four years and the first time a curling team has repeated as provincial champs at the Games. They have also won a bronze medal, making them a top team at the Games in the last half-decade.

They say they plan to keep on playing as long as their health remains strong.

“We have a good pool of talent here,” says Woytowich. “We’re very fortunate to have a lot of talent at Glen Meadows.”

This year’s team consisted for the core three — Woytowich, Wilson and Scott — and the picked up a new lead in Campbell. All of them play on different teams within the club’s masters league and all contribute to the curling community at the small club.

Their latest win has qualified for rink for the Canadian Seniors Games in Edmonton in 2014 — the second year in a row they will have played on the national scene.

“It’s been good,” Woytowich added. “Out of our group here, we’ve been really successful.”

They are hoping their success will translate into more interest in curling at Glen Meadows. Each of the players are active on their own league teams, while Campbell, Woytowich and Scott all coach new curlers, young and adult.

“It’s fun to play against each other,” added Scott, noting that they remain positive and help each other improve along the way.

To that end, the Glen Meadows Curling Club is offering a Try Curling for Free day on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Instructors will be on the ice to help newcomers and introduce them to the sport and to the club. They ask people register by calling 250-656-3136. The day is open to any age level or curler.

“We all enjoy playing and being active and staying in a bit of shape,” said Wilson. “A lot of people really benefit from it and it’s really good for the community.”

Well into their 60s and 70s, the Seniors Games team has certainly stayed active in the sport and they say they hope to continue their winning ways locally and nationally.