The Beaver Valley Seniors Curling Club marked Fruitvale resident Phil Lifely’s 90th birthday with a lifetime achievement award and membership. The longtime resident has been playing the game for almost 20 years

Beaver Valley Curling Club: Senior curlers honour Lifely

Phil Lifely still curling with the BV Seniors Curling Club at 90 years old.

In recognition of a longtime Fruitvale resident’s commitment to the sport, the B.V. Seniors Curling Club honoured Phil Lifely on Wednesday with a lifetime achievement award and membership in the club.

Lifely turns 90 this month, yet, still hits the hack twice a week at the Beaver Valley Curling Club to play in the seniors curling league.

“If you’re going to say anything about this man, this man’s energy, enthusiasm,  and wit put a lot of us to shame,” said senior club president Bud Lind. “He’s an amazing individual. When he comes to curl you can be sure he’ll be out there throwing rocks before the game, and he is 90 years old.”

Lifely first picked up a curling broom almost 20 years ago at the tender age of 71, and has enjoyed every minute of his time with the club and the men who gather to curl and socialize.

“I think to start off, the way this bunch treats you when you come in here, you are welcome to the club; that’s my fondest memory,” said Lifely smiling. “They look at you and they call you names, but they don’t mean it.”

The B.V. Seniors Curling Club is one of the most successful in the West and East  Kootenays comprised of 20 teams that play two games a week, although most of the retired curlers show up almost every morning during the week for a coffee and lively if not colourful conversation.

The B.V. senior’s club was first organized when the facility was built in 1986, and started with four teams, which soon grew to over 20.

Yet, in the almost 30 years the club has been in existence this is the first lifetime achievement honour awarded.

As for the youthful 90-year-old curler, Lifely says he expects to keep playing indefinitely:

“It just depends on how long these guys stick around.”

Just Posted

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Thrums, Riondel, and Slocan, revisited

Place Names: Scottish author delighted by Thrums name origin

Last stand for Silver City summer

Fall officially arrives in Trail at 6:54 p.m. on Saturday

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read