Have you ever wanted to try curling? Here is your chance.
Hurry to the Kelowna Curling Club, which is hosting a free open house on Saturday, February 5, 2022, as part of Curling Day in Canada.
The open house runs from noon to 3 p.m. and attendees are asked to register in advance through Eventbrite, to avoid large crowds and adhere to pandemic safety protocols.
You also get free hot chocolate, tea or coffee and you don’t even have to bring a broom.
“You know, we have novice leagues that you start at just over $100 per person in our novice leagues for 10 weeks,” said Jock Tyre, general manager of the Kelowna Curling Club.
“It’s a really cheap sport. We have rental equipment here, so if you don’t have brooms or shoes, you can rent them for $5 a game and it’s really cheap. So, it’s a great game to play.
It is also easy to learn at any age.
“That’s the best part. We have generational curling, where you have three generations of people. Mom and dad, it’s quite common. Mom and Dad play curling with their kids all the time, but my favorite thing is when we have three generations and at Christmas you see a lot of them.
“Hopefully for the open house, grandma and grandpa bring the grandkids and they all go curling and having fun together,” Tyre said.
Even during the pandemic, the club continues to grow. It’s tied for the largest in the world, with 12 patches of ice, so there’s plenty of opportunity for everyone.
Tire added a Pride League this season and it’s up to eight teams. He also added a batting curling super league, as it proved to be very popular. Former world champion Pat Ryan plays in the Wednesday senior stick curling super league.
The leagues take place from October to the end of March.
The Kelowna Curling Club will celebrate its 80th season next year.