Curling Club Column FEB 04/11
By: Kim Kirkham
Honouring a local Curler
The score is 8-6 in the 7th end for the Blue Stones, red has the hammer. Bert lines up to throw his last red stone, and bring it into the 4 foot to count two and tie the game.
Someone from the stands yell “That Bert Troyer shoots a deadly rock with that stick”. Yes Bert uses a stick for throwing; using the stick for only two months he has mastered the technique quickly.
Bert was born in Summerland in 1926, and moved to Grand Prairie Alberta when he was just 18 months old.
Bert’s Mother went so far as giving him the initials BC Bert Clarence, indicating British Columbia. Bert owned his own construction company much of his working life. He held a private pilots license and owned his own plane.
Bert is a role model member of the Penticton Curling Club he displays a dedication to the sport of curling with exceptional good sportsmanship both on and off the ice.
He has been of member of the Penticton Curling Club (previously known as the Granite Club) for over 44 years.
Bert learned to curl in Grand Prairie Alberta at the age of 15, his teacher, Art Dalish who was a Brier competitor in the late 1930’s.
Bert and his wife Rosemarie, played in many bonspiels together, even won the Penticton Western, in the 90’s when there were 60 plus teams.
Bert is no stranger to the world of competitive curling; he has won The Senior Men’s Zones Four times, and The Legion Zones 6 times.
In 1982 he took his team to a victory at The Provincial Legion Dominion Championship in Prince Rupert. Bert recalls the game as though he played it yesterday. “We were down 6 points in the 8th end and were ready to shake” (10 end games were played), but the never give up attitude of their skip kept them in the game. “Let’s just put the rocks in the house and see what we can do”, Bert recites. In the 9th end Bert had a free draw for six, and then stole one in the 10th to win The Provincial title. His team went on to The National Legion Dominion Championship in Estevan Saskatchewan and losing in the finals to home team Saskatchewan.
The Penticton Curling Club has recognized only a few members for our “life time membership” wall of fame. Bert Troyer is one of those members. He was honoured in 2008 with a life time membership, for his significant contributions to The Penticton Curling Club.
You can find Bert at The Curling Club at least 3 days a week, but once the weather warms up you will find him at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Although he is down to 4 games of golf a week he still manages to pull off a 20 plus handicap.
Bert, you are our “Curling Legend”
Around the house
Junior Bonspiel Sat Feb 12th
February 19-20 The Mixed Zone Play downs will be held at The Penticton Curling Club, Penticton has two teams entering. Chris Jones Rink and St John Rink
March 4-6th Western Mixed Open Bonspiel
The Special Olympic team will be travelling to Coquitlam February 12th and 13th for the Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games. Skipped by Chad Conlon, Lynden Hicks, Jake Huff, and Jake Penney. Coaches Dona Cade and Gloria Finstad. Best of luck!
Spring and Summer Rental~ The Penticton Curling Club is available for rentals both upstairs and our arena area. Due to some cancellations in our summer rentals, we have lots of availability this summer. Please call the club 492-5647