Rock Star festival sweeps kids into the sport of curling

Over 60 kids throw down at third annual festival

Lachlan Conway-Adams eyes of his next shot during a match at the third annual Rock Star Festival Feb. 9 at the Inuvik Curling club.

They may be shorter than the brooms themselves, but that didn’t stop over 60 of Inuvik’s most eager young curlers from giving the game a throw at the third annual Rock Star Festival Feb. 9 at the Inuvik Curling Club.

Kids from ages five to nine-years-old formed teams and played half ends, bringing eight games apiece to the four-lane rink.

Tournament winners Aidan Mysko, Elliot McGee and AJ Lalonde pose underneath the Six-Foot trophy after defeating all contenders. The trio were also the top 5-year-old team in the competion.

“It was just an idea I came up with regards to getting more kids to experience curling,” said club president Nick Saturnino. “The kids play three ends, or thirty minutes of play. It’s a fun day for the kids.”

Ultimately, the tournament came down to an extra end to determine the winner of the six-foot trophy, with the 5-year-olds coming out on top, proving size doesn’t matter in this game.

Nathan and Caleb Chursinoff stand at either side of Benati Harder as the three pose with their trophies following placing as the top 7-year-old team.

Awards were handed out for the top teams in age five, six, seven, and eight plus nine. Kids also won $5 apiece for each win.

“Each age plays down to a division champion,” said Saturnino. “So there will be four age division champions who each get a little trophy, then those teams play for the big trophy.”

Jacob Robertson eyes up his next throw during the third annual Rock Star festival Feb. 9 at the Inuvik Curling Club. The day-long bonspiel is designed to introduce kids ages 5-9 to the sport.

Of course, all that curling builds up an appetite, and the club was happy to provide that too. The kids alternated their curling bonspiel with a pizza and ice cream party for their efforts.

Lilly Sanderson, Mason Kelly and Laylah Lennie pose with their trophies after being named the top 8-and-9-year-olds at the Rock Star Festival.

In the end, Saturnino said the festival was on the heels of the Canadian North bonspiel, which ran from Feb. 5-8 and hosted eight teams. In the end, team Mel Sittichinli won the adult circuit.

Emerson Stefure, Max Harlow and Ellie McLeod show off their trophies after being declared the top 6-year-old team at the Rock Star Festival.


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