Across the street from the Consulate in Olympic Plaza there is a fountain that is made into an ice rink in the winter. It is free to use assuming you have your own skates, but who doesn't have there own skates in Canada. For people without skates, there are also rentals. So once a year there is a charity event to raise money for KidSport Calgary. The organization helps kids without the financial means to play in organized sports. The fundraiser is a Human Bonspiel competition. What is bonspiel? you may ask. It is normally a curling competition (curling: winter sport mainly in Canada played with brooms on ice. Has a horseshoe/bowling element of throwing something heavy down a lane and attempting to hit a bulls-eye). The human bonspiel is similar, except instead of a stone thrown down the lane, players jump on intertubes and they are the stones. There is also no sweeping. Officials measure how close you are to the "button" (the center of the target). Teams of four compete, with each throwing themselves down the ice. The goal is to get the lowest total measurement of all four teammates.
I was on a team with three other Consulate members. Due to the skills of other players on my team we did manage to get through the first round of competition. Because we made the top three for the day we went to the finals. Monday through Thursday were the initial rounds. The top three from each day continued on to the finals on Friday. We performed better than the first day a team but we had much stiffer competition with 12 teams competing for the win. Unfortunately we did not place, but I did have a ton of fun and we raised some money for charity. Above is short video of me sliding on the ice.