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The legacy of the Canadian Juniors Curling Championship

Mayor Christopher Clarke, John Armstrong, president of the Liverpool Curling Club, and Greg Thorbourne, chairman of the 2014 Host Committee, pose for a photo with the $61,861 oversized cheque.
Mayor Christopher Clarke, John Armstrong, president of the Liverpool Curling Club, and Greg Thorbourne, chairman of the 2014 Host Committee, pose for a photo with the $61,861 oversized cheque.

LIVERPOOL - The Canadian Juniors Curling Championship took place in Liverpool in 2014, but the benefits are still rolling in.

The 2014 Host Committee presented the Liverpool Curling Club with a legacy cheque for $61,861 at a Region of Queens municipal council meeting.

“Today, as we present this $61,861 legacy to the Liverpool Curling Club, we do so on behalf of our volunteers, sponsors, partners, and community,” said Greg Thorburne, chairman of the host committee, in a press release. “And while the $1.2 million in economic impact is staggering, what it doesn’t measure is the pride, exposure, and capacity building that was generated, all of which is priceless.”

 The legacy money came from sponsorships, grants, and various organizations, to support the national event. After the event was said and done, money was left over and put directly back into the curling club.

 The committee originally projected the legacy amount would be around the $10,000 mark, however it turned out to be six times that amount.

 Although a large novelty cheque was presented for $61,861, John Armstrong, president of the Liverpool Curling Club, says the club received two payments from the host committee over the past two years. The actual amount they received today was for around $16,700.

“The $61,000 is what they have given us over since the event ended,” says Armstrong.

 According to Armstrong, the first cheque was issued two years ago for over $30,000 and the next cheque was for $10,400. The latest issued cheque was a final payment.

 “Everybody is going to think that we have all kinds of money and we don’t,” he says. “We are appreciative but it has been spread over.”

 “Without that (previous cheque) we wouldn’t have been able to meet all our bills so we would be closed basically,” he added.

 Armstrong wants to emphasize the need for continued support of the club. Around half of the legacy money received on Jan. 12, will go into a bill for repairs for the refrigeration system. The rest will likely be added to a fund to get the club’s 25 year-old roof replaced.

 “We’re starting to fundraise because the roof needs to be replaced, that’s a $40,000 roof,” says Armstrong.

 The club has been struggling to pay bills and raise their membership for several years.

 Armstrong says they have, however, seen an increase in their memberships and in rentals for the space in the off-season.

“We’re treading water and making our way to the surface,” he says.

 The news of the larger than expected legacy fund came with some numbers on the economic impact of the championship as well.

January 2014, the month the championship was held, saw 8,504 rooms in accommodations across the South Shore booked. In 2013 and 2015 by comparison, saw just under 6,000 rooms booked in that month.

 The championship itself had a $1.2 million dollar impact in Nova Scotia, with $708,000 of that within Queens County.

The 2014 Host Committee presented the Liverpool Curling Club with a legacy cheque for $61,861 at a Region of Queens municipal council meeting.

“Today, as we present this $61,861 legacy to the Liverpool Curling Club, we do so on behalf of our volunteers, sponsors, partners, and community,” said Greg Thorburne, chairman of the host committee, in a press release. “And while the $1.2 million in economic impact is staggering, what it doesn’t measure is the pride, exposure, and capacity building that was generated, all of which is priceless.”

 The legacy money came from sponsorships, grants, and various organizations, to support the national event. After the event was said and done, money was left over and put directly back into the curling club.

 The committee originally projected the legacy amount would be around the $10,000 mark, however it turned out to be six times that amount.

 Although a large novelty cheque was presented for $61,861, John Armstrong, president of the Liverpool Curling Club, says the club received two payments from the host committee over the past two years. The actual amount they received today was for around $16,700.

“The $61,000 is what they have given us over since the event ended,” says Armstrong.

 According to Armstrong, the first cheque was issued two years ago for over $30,000 and the next cheque was for $10,400. The latest issued cheque was a final payment.

 “Everybody is going to think that we have all kinds of money and we don’t,” he says. “We are appreciative but it has been spread over.”

 “Without that (previous cheque) we wouldn’t have been able to meet all our bills so we would be closed basically,” he added.

 Armstrong wants to emphasize the need for continued support of the club. Around half of the legacy money received on Jan. 12, will go into a bill for repairs for the refrigeration system. The rest will likely be added to a fund to get the club’s 25 year-old roof replaced.

 “We’re starting to fundraise because the roof needs to be replaced, that’s a $40,000 roof,” says Armstrong.

 The club has been struggling to pay bills and raise their membership for several years.

 Armstrong says they have, however, seen an increase in their memberships and in rentals for the space in the off-season.

“We’re treading water and making our way to the surface,” he says.

 The news of the larger than expected legacy fund came with some numbers on the economic impact of the championship as well.

January 2014, the month the championship was held, saw 8,504 rooms in accommodations across the South Shore booked. In 2013 and 2015 by comparison, saw just under 6,000 rooms booked in that month.

 The championship itself had a $1.2 million dollar impact in Nova Scotia, with $708,000 of that within Queens County.

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