Calling curlers into the mix

A local curling club is getting ready to throw its first rocks and is inviting area residents to come out and join the mix.

A local curling club is getting ready to throw its first rocks and is inviting area residents to come out and join the mix.

Beaver Valley Mixed Curling has seen a drop in teams over the last few years and is on a mission to recruit new and veteran curlers.

“The league at one time had over 30 teams, I think last year we were down to 12 so we’d like to get at least 16 this year,” said mixed curling president John Harper.

Many sports have suffered a decline in numbers over the years and curling is no different.

“People get busy and it’s hard to commit, but it’s a great sport and a great opportunity to have a night out with your spouse,” he added.

But it’s not only for couples, the adult league welcomes individuals to sign up and if teams are full, a spare’s list generally ensures participation.

The highlight of the season is the mixed bonspiel in January where over 30 teams from across the Kootenays and Okanagan curl for fun and prizes. All one needs for gear is a broom and a slider which can be purchased from the club.

The cost for the 20 game season is $160 per couple with games alternating every Friday and Saturday evening. The first night of curling is Oct. 15.

“The important thing is that it’s not competitive, come out, throw a few rocks, have some fun and enjoy some popcorn and a beverage afterwards,” said Harper.

Registration goes Saturday at the Beaver Valley Curling Club in Fruitvale. Call 231-5312 for more information.