1st Highland Turkey Shoot: McTavish the Turkey arrives in Inverness
Saturday 26th March 2011 saw McTavish the Turkey arrive at the Inverness Ice Centre for the 1st ever Highland Turkey Shoot. Tom Pendreigh, chairman of the Ice Centre Board and MC for the afternoon, welcomed everyone to the event.
After tagging the stones and placing the ‘turkey’ (x-large chicken) in the middle of the rink, it was time to start the Childrens’ Shoot. Ellie Marwick, daughter of Curling Development Officer Morven Marwick, had the privilege of throwing the very first stone. This was followed by some very enthusiastic and competitive shooting from some junior curlers. In the end it was Kirsty Harrison’s throw that took the first prize of a pass to Rollerbowl Inverness, courtesy of Shahid Yusaf. Winners of the mini-shoots got given Easter Eggs donated by Tesco Inshes. Tom Pendreigh, chairman of the Ice Centre presented the children’s prizes.
Next it was onto the event of the afternoon – the adult shoot. In spite of numbers being low the event again proved to be very competitive, especially when all the stones were left on the ice! Once or twice I’m sure I heard the ‘turkey’ scream for mercy as it was bounced across the ice several times. I even heard established curlers saying “it’s not as easy as it looks!” From the fifth shoot, stone 43 (in spite of being set upon by other stones from the next five mini-shoots) stayed with the ‘turkey’ to have the honour of winning the 1st ever Highland Turkey Shoot.
Ron Wynton, committee member Highland Wheelchair Curling Club presented the adult mini-shoot winners with bottles of wine. The main prize was won by our very own Curling Development Officer Morven Marwick. Here she is pictured with her prize of ‘McTavish’ afree range turkey and trimmings courtesy of Black Isle Turkeys. Morven could treat this as an early wedding present to herself as she gets married this Saturday!
To round up the afternoon Tom gave a vote of thanks to Mo Simpson for organising the event, Ormond Smith who acted as umpire and to all who gave donations, bought stones and took part in the shoot. Morven followed on by thanking Tom for being MC, Mo for her organisation and also all the helpers, including the junior curlers and everyone who supported the event.
The Turkey Shoot had been organised by Mo Simpson, secretary Highland Wheelchair Curling Club to help raise funds towards the first ever Scottish Wheelchair Short Curling Bonspiel to be held on Tuesday 27th September 2011, at Inverness Ice Centre.
Mo said, “Our short curlers come to the club every Tuesday but they have never felt the buzz of a big competition like the rest of have, so I would like to see them gain that experience. By raising enough money we can give all short and new curlers a day to remember. It is hoped that The Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association will have a Wheelchair Curling road show the same day with the view of attracting more new curlers in the Highlands to the sport.
If anyone is interested in finding out more about the club, or wheelchair curling, then contact either Mo Simpson, Club Secretary and SWCA north rep on 07798 710404 or Morven Marwick, Highland Curling Development Officer on 07920 131 148 or the Inverness Ice Rink on 01463 235711