Seventy-five 4-H’ers from across the province joined SE Regional Specialist, Melodi Hawksford-Lee, and this year's hosting committee, District #7, for the 2022 Provincial 4-H Curling event held February 18-20, 2022 in Weyburn, Sask. The eight senior teams and seven junior teams enjoyed an exciting weekend playing a sport near and dear to the hearts of Saskatchewan residents and 4-H members alike. Opening ceremonies included Ceremonial first rock thrown by Weyburn’s own, Marcel Roy, with the rock swept by 4-H Saskatchewan Ambassadors Madeline Christensen and Kierra Hawreluik.
After a hard fought round robin, the Sunset Rangers Multiple 4-H Club emerged as Champion Senior team. From the North West region, team members included (in no particular order) Harper Doige, Tyler Norman, Ryder Boyenko, Kaydence Lalonde and coach Ryan Norman. Due to double knockout rules, the final game was repeated to determine the winner with Sunset Rangers coming out on top. Committee chair, Brittany Stepp, presented the team trophy and certificates on the final day of the event.
Second place Senior team was the Longlaketon Multiple 4-H Club from the South East Region: Ryan Grabarczyk, Karla Friesen, Brett Rumpel, Jana Rumpel with coach Sean Friesen.
The Champion Junior team - from the North East region - was District 18/19. Undefeated throughout the weekend, this team included Bristol Lindgren, Paisley Wolkowski, Westin Lindgren, Presley Vogel and coach Jennifer Lindgren. Committee chair Brittany Stepp, once again, hand out the prize, trophy and certificates.
Second place in the Junior category was awarded to District 10 from the South West Region. Team curlers included Makenna Robertson, Jane Beierbach, Luke Moorhead, Paden Robertson with coach Emmy Robertson.
Curlers and organizers gathered for a celebratory banquet at Weyburn McKenna Hall where Jenae Nixon presented an inspirational speech for all members in attendance. His Worship, Marcel Roy, Mayor of Weyburn, Saskatchewan 4-H President, Cameron Choquette, and Kurtis Schwindt of MNP also brought greetings and congratulations to the members.
Thank you to event sponsors: 4-H Saskatchewan, MNP, Barber Motors, Young’s Equipment, PAHC, South Country Equipment, Nelson Motors and Equipment, Schuck Law Firm, E. Bourassa & Sons, Prairie Sky Co-op, Weyburn Security, Weyburn Credit Union, SaskPower, Souris Valley Industries, Vortex Plumbing & Heating, Megadry Disaster Restoration Inc. Appreciation goes as well, to the door prize sponsors including Weyburn Credit Union, Affinity Credit Union, Radius Credit Union, FCC, SaskTel, Deep South Animal Clinic, Pangman-Ogema 4-H Beef Club, District 7 4-H Council, Brittany Stepp, SGI, SS306, Prairie Creations, Louise Sroka, Ashworth Farm & Ranch, Storle Production Testing, BMO, and CAA.
Congratulations to all the 4-H members and leaders for making it to Provincials! We can't wait to see everyone again next year for the 2023 Provincial 4-H Curling Competition in the South West region.