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Baker elected president of Curl Manitoba

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After six years on Curl Manitoba’s board of directors, Dauphin’s Ray Baker has been elected president of the sport’s provincial body.
Baker served as vice-president last year and before that he was chair of the board development committee.
“And before that I was just sort of on the board,” he joked.
“It’s kind of an honour, actually. I’m quite tickled with the whole thing.”
Baker is just the second Dauphinite to serve as president of a provincial curling organization, joining Marg Ritchie, who was president of the Manitoba Ladies Curling Association in 1982-83.
Baker had an inkling something like this would happen.
“I think in the last year or two, it was sort of set in motion. Two years ago, I would have thought this would have been the outcome,” he said.
“It wasn’t a surprise.”
Baker will serve a two-year term as president. A lot of his responsibilities, he said, will lie not just with Curl Manitoba, but he will also have a lot of interaction with Curling Canada and some of their processes, as well.
“The idea being you kind of get a little bit of time to get your feet wet and be able to be useful at the Curling Canada level,” he said.
There are various levels of challenges, Baker said, from the club level play, which he believes will pretty much go ahead as it has in the past, with safe distancing and protocols in place.
“Then there is challenges with running events. And that’s a little different kettle of fish. There’s some complications with that. And then there’s co-ordinating those events with the national events that Curling Canada puts on,” he said, noting the national body has cancelled a few of those events.
“But, for the most part, I think the big ones, we presume are unchanged at this point in time,” he said.
Manitoba Health’s downgrading Prairie Mountain Health under the provincial pandemic response system back to yellow will help get curling back up and running.
“There’s still a lot of protocols that need to go into place, like any sport right now. So, hopefully, that helps,” Baker said.
Baker is looking forward to serving as president over the next two years and feels fortunate to be on a board with a lot of good, quality people on it.
“And, as well, the organization itself, the operations side of things also is full of good people. It’s fun. And it’s always nice to work with people that are passionate and are good at what they do,” he said.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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