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At the Opening Curling Ceremonies in Homer, an all-star line-up welcomes the competitors to the ice

Posted: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

 

  Kenai's own Steve Adams welcomes Curling Athletes with "Scottland the Brave" on the bagpipes Photo By Akin Franciscone

Kenai's own Steve Adams welcomes Curling Athletes with "Scottland the Brave" on the bagpipes

Photo By Akin Franciscone

The sound of bagpipes echoed throughout the Homer ice rink as Kenai’s Steve Adams blew “Scotland the Brave” to kick off Curling on Monday.

Marg White, the Curling sports chair and head official, introduced all of the athletes and coaches from Alberta North, Alaska, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. Boys and girls ranging from 11-18 from all regions will compete to be on top of the podium at the end of the games.

Homer mayor Jim Hornaday gave thanks to all of the people that made the event possible with the construction of the new Homer Ice Rink. There was excitement in the air, with only one thing left to do. “Release the spirit within and let the games begin,” he said.

An all-star curling team was assembled to throw the opening rock and it landed “right on the button” as the saying goes. In other words, a perfect throw. Another expression commonly used is, “landed right on the lid.”

Many of the parents commented on how pleased they were with the condition of the ice “especially after all of our pre-game fears not knowing how well the conditions would be.” Now let’s see how the curling goes, that will be the real test, said a parent from Yukon.



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