Oilfields manager top of his class

Curling: Mike Libbus named SACA Executive of the Year

By: Remy Greer

  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 06:00 am

Oilfields Curling Club manager Mike Libbus, here curling to the right of teammate Brad MacInnis, was awarded Southern Alberta Curling Association Executive of the Year
Oilfields Curling Club manager Mike Libbus, here curling to the right of teammate Brad MacInnis, was awarded Southern Alberta Curling Association Executive of the Year
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A banner year on the ice has resulted in top billing for the Oilfields Curling Club.

Oilfields manager Mike Libbus was named Southern Alberta Curling Association (SACA)Executive of the Year in recognition of a prolific season chock full of big events from provincials to World Curling tour showcases at the Black Diamond rink.

“We’ve always been a big supporter of SACA over the years and hosted their events,” Libbus said. “We’re a small little club out in Black Diamond, but we seem to do a lot of hard work and we’ve gotten recognized for it.

“We will continue to support SACA in all their events and try and grow the game of curling.”

Mission accomplished in 2013-14.

Oilfields played host to a World Curling Tour event, the Alberta Women’s Southern Playdowns, filled in last minute to host the Bantam Southerns for Highwood Curling Club and capped off the year by hosting the Mixed Provincials in late March.

Throw that in with the club bonspiels and recreational play and it was a hectic and eventful season from start to finish in Diamond Valley.

“We had a great year, our membership was up this year,” Libbus said. “We’ve got a great atmosphere out there, we’ve worked hard promoting our facility. Ice is always top notch.

“I think it says a lot for a small club to do what we’ve done the last five or six years.”

The consummate teammate, Libbus, a competitive curler who made it to the provincial championships in 2012, was quick to sweep aside any notions of the award being individual in nature.

“It was definitely unexpected,” Libbus said. “I feel it’s more a club award than an individual award. All the volunteer work we had this year and a lot of hard work by my ice-maker, Peter Keenan.

“It definitely paid off.”

The Black Diamond rink will enjoy a much deserved year of relaxation coming up, with few large scale events planned for the 2014-15 season.

Of course, that could change with a phone call or two.

“We’re probably going to have a little slower year next year and focus on developing players within the club,” Libbus said. “We’re not hosting any events next year. I think SACA realized we did so many that they gave us a year off.

“You never know, if they get stuck or are in a bind, we’ll be there to bail them out.”


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