Welcome Back Curlers!
Celebrating our 156th season along the Thames River, the Chatham Granite Club has five sheets of pristine modern curling ice, change rooms with lockers and a licensed lounge facility with fully equipped kitchen. Our lounge is air conditioned and available yearly for functions such as business meetings, showers, weddings, and parties. The Chatham Granite Club also operates a fully stocked Goldline© pro shop for all of your curling equipment needs.
Our ice conditions are quick and curly, just like professional ice today. We are proud to have brand new technology in our ice plant. Our ice is professionally maintained and considered "the best in Southern Ontario" as well is competed on at a provincial level. Our rocks are conditioned to provide fresh striking bands and a late breaking point. The ice rink, built in 1962 is completely housed under original British Columbia Cedar. Come curl with us!
We have been approved for a grant from the Trillium foundation.
This will help us to improve our drainage and make the necessary repairs to protect the building from rain water.
The work has started, drainage work is complete and we are dry! The repairs to the outside walls and structure are done. Awnings have been added to the windows we use and the others have been sealed from the outside- reducing / preventing future leaks.
Carpet is almost done, final work will be completed soon.
New LED lights have been installed over the ice surface along with switches to enable us to save even more money by turning them off when the club is not in use.
Transplanted Newfoundlander leads charge to land Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling Elite 10 event
Fred Rose, known in curling circles for providing a Newfoundland brand of hospitality, has used his connections to bring an elite level curling event to Chatham-Kent.
Now retired and living in Chatham, Rose has run several top-notch curling events in Gander and St. John's, and decided to lead the charge to bring the the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling Elite 10 event here this September.
“Retirement and I don't agree, so I had to find something else to do,” he said during a launch for the event on Thursday that will bring the top 10 men and women curling teams in the world to Chatham's Thames Campus Arena Sept. 26-30.
“I never really lost the enthusiasm and I never really lost the high that you get from getting involved in something like this,” Rose said.
Canadian curling legend, now Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling ambassador and Sportsnet curling commentator, Kevin Martin told local media Rose contacted him over a year ago about coming to Chatham-Kent.
A long-time friend of Rose, having spent time at many major curling events in Newfoundland, Martin said, “you've got the right guy, locally, spearheading this.”
An Olympic gold medallist, world champion and 18-time grand slam champion, Martin said Pinty's event is a “terrific series.”
He said the eight-end, five-rock rule makes for some interesting curling.
“It's just a little bit different than a traditional amateur event, it's a lot more free-wheeling, a lot more exciting in the building,” Martin said.
The tricky part is picking just one game to watch, because they are all good, since only the top 10 teams are in the event, he added.
Martin said with this being the first big event of the curling season, fans will have the first opportunity to see teams, which have made some changes since last season, play together. He noted that will be the case with the Jennifer Jones rink.
Martin said the Pinty's Lounge will also provide fans an opportunity to get up close to these elite curlers.
“Quite often if you're in the lounge, the curlers will turn around and talk to you between ends,” he said. “It's very informal, it's very close and it's quite a lot different than most sporting events in the world today. And that's pretty neat.”
Rose confirmed this.
“The experience we had with these people in Gander and St. John's and every other place . . . these (curlers) they reach out, they like to speak with people,” he said.
Mayor Randy Hope, who attended the launch, said one of the benefits from hosting this Grand Slam of Curling is the exposure the community receive from the millions of people who will watch it being broadcast on Sportsnet.
“Where else can you get that type of advertisement for a community?”
Hope said seeing these elite curlers can also be an inspiration for some.
“It might be that avenue for people to say, 'Maybe I'm going to try that sport,' and become actively involved and support local curling clubs,” he said.
Although the Chatham Granite Club is the host, Rose stressed “this is not a Chatham event, it's a Chatham-Kent event.”
He said the Granite Club has involved curling clubs from Wallaceburg, Blenheim and Ridgetown, who will share in the profits based on their involvement and input.
Rose said Chatham-Kent could have a chance to host even larger curling events if it had a twin pad arena.
“Sports events like this are great tourism generators and they're great for the economy,” he said, “so hopefully, some day, somebody will see the wisdom in investing in themselves and get this moving.”
More details on the schedule and purchasing tickets are available at www.thegrandslamofcurling.com.
Council approves Grand Slam of Curling event
The Granite club would like to thank Council for their support in helping bring this high profile event to our community. September 25th to 30th, we are looking forward to a great week of curling! http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2017/10/02/council-approves-grand-slam-of-curling-event
Check out the event schedule for this year http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/