Winkler Mayor Martin Harder delivers a hard shot during competition against Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)
Winkler Mayor Martin Harder was part of the mayor’s challenge at the inaugural Crokicurl Tournaspiel at The Forks in Winnipeg, Feb. 9.
While he finished third, behind Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and champion Steinbach mayor Chris Goertzen, he was the only mayor to score a 20.
“It’s a camaraderie between cities,” Harder said of the event. “It’s so much fun.”
The Mayor’s challenge launched what The Forks is calling the first annual Crokicurl Tournaspiel that was open to the public all weekend.
Harder said he would love to take part again, and said he’d like to see local residents take advantage of their own crokicurl facility.
“I think for us in Winkler, this is the thing to do and we want to make sure this is going every year, rather than just this year,” he said.
Chelsea Thomson, Manager, Marketing and Communications of The Forks North Portage Partnership said the game has really caught on.
“We think the success of this year and the popularity of the rink will only spur more competitions just like this,” she said. “The Forks is always looking for new ways to engage people in winter activities.
Thomson said it’s good see the idea spread, including to Winkler.
“We find people living in the prairies are familiar with crokinole, and then of course curling is such a popular sport here, that the combination of the two just makes sense.”