By Michael Boriero
For the first time in 148 years, the Quebec Challenge Cup has found a temporary home at the North Hatley Curling Club, following a spirited tilt against the Bedford Curling Club last month.
The Quebec Challenge Cup started back in 1874, according to North Hatley Curling Club President Marc Côté, and while it has appeared in various clubs throughout the Eastern Townships over its storied history, the cup has never been seen at the club in North Hatley, until now.
The curling club has struggled throughout the pandemic, Côté shared. It was difficult to maintain upkeep, paying utility bills, electricity, heating, and insurance, when the province went into lockdown, he explained, adding there was a point when he wasn’t sure they would reopen.
“We’ve been struggling financially in North Hatley for the past couple of years because of Covid. It has been a really good boost to our club. We really needed it and I’m super proud to have finally won it, especially with the gang of guys that we won it with,” Côté told The Record.
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