Qualicum and District Curling Club honoured some of their own recently with an open house and banner ceremony.
Front and centre and the subject of plenty of applause was the 2011 British Columbia Senior Women’s Championship team led by long-time dedicated QB curler/coach, skip Lynne Noble. Rounding out the rink was second Lorraine Gagnon, third Lorraine Jeffries, Lead Kristin Nickles and coach Ellen Merriam.
The team made local curling history last year when they became the first senior women’s team to qualify for the Canadian championships.
Former club chair Bill Layman was MC, and mayor Teunis Westbroek was also on hand.
Local piper Jim McKnight led the ladies out onto the ice.
“We are here to honour and celebrate with a team of dedicated women curlers who embarked on a journey that few competitive curlers ever have the opportunity to travel,” said Layman, pointing out the road to a Canadian championship, “can only begin when four dedicated individuals and their coach are willing and committed to making many sacrifices — with their families, jobs and financially.”