Wake up. Get up. Go down rink side. Skate up. Suit up. Warm up. Game time!
The whole world watches men skate around, competing to put a puck in a net guarded by a padded wall of a human. Many have made a fine living following the puck, chasing it back and forth from one end of the rink to the other.
For outdoor-loving people, lawn bowling is an opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy the summer.
“On a summer evening, there’s nothing better than to come out and throw a few bowls,” said Gary Schwandt, vice president of Highlands Lawn Bowling Club.
The nearly century-old club is located at 113 Avenue and 62 Street and is holding its open house on May 29. Schwandt explained the open house is an opportunity for people to take in a quick lesson and learn more about the sport.
I was your typical cradle Catholic. I was baptised, had my first communion and my confirmation, and went to a Catholic school for my entire education. I went on religious retreats, you name it.
But something was missing. It felt… routine. Like a habit you get into. I’d heard of people who had this great feeling of love or peace whenever they entered the church. I felt none of that. I wanted to feel that.
It’s hard to talk about Delton Community League without introducing you to Walter (Wally) Gurba. Now 81, Gurba has been league president for 25 years. In the 70s, when the building went up at 88 Street and 123 Avenue, Gurba was there. He’s been there more than 40 years, working in the shop or flooding the ice with the league’s Zamboni.
That’s right, Delton has a Zamboni. Its origin is one of the many stories Gurba will tell you with a wry smile.
“There are a lot of different dynamics in this neighbourhood. Being in a neighbourhood like this [means] the kids see downtown life. I think it’s good exposure for them, rather than being out where there isn’t as much diversity. It’s good for us, too.”
Outrider Larry Dagg, on his horse Rooster, is joined by Northlands Park racetrack announcer Matt Jukich (left) on March 7, the first day of thoroughbred training for the 2016 racing season.
Dagg, originally from Saskatchewan, is responsible for the general on-track safety of riders and horses. “I’ve worked with horses all my life,” he recalled. “My family raised ponies and raced wagons and chuck wagons. I first worked at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon.”