For the last 25 years, Lorne Goodman has made his home on the ice at the Airdrie Curling Club.
His family has always been heavily involved in curling, and he remembers developing an interest at a very early age.
“I remember that I couldn’t wait to get into Grade 3 because that’s when our school bonspiels started,” he said.
“It’s always stuck with me, and I just really enjoy doing it.”
From March 4 to 8, Goodman and his team will compete in the Curling Alberta Masters Championship hosted in Airdrie.
In 2008, Goodman was able to go to Nationals to compete, and he is hoping to do so again this year.
“There’s going to be some really strong competition at Provincials,” he said.
“We’ve been knocking on the door of Nationals for the last five years, but we haven’t been able to see the results we wanted. We keep making it into the finals. Hopefully, this is the year that changes.”
He has been working with his current team for the last three years including Airdrie Curling Club president Barry Ralph, Terry Gair, and Les Lovstad.
“I love playing with the guys on my team,” said Goodman.
“We seem to jive really well, and we all bring a lot of experience to the table. We all have spent most of our lives curling, so we know what we’re doing.”
The top three teams will move into the play-offs, with only the top men and women’s team getting to move on to the 2020 Canadian Masters Curling Championships set to begin on March 28 in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Local residents are encouraged to come by the Airdrie Curling Club during the tournament to cheer on the competitors.