Fam­ily take high-al­ti­tude curl­ing tro­phy

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Or­gan­is­ers of a one-day high al­ti­tude curl­ing event near Cardrona hope to ex­tend the event to over 100 com­peti­tors in 2017.

Roger Gar­diner, of the Cardrona Curl­ing Club, said this year’s Curl­ing @ Al­ti­tude event, on the Pisa Range, was at­tended by 80 play­ers, rep­re­sent­ing eight clubs from around Cen­tral Otago.

A team from Ar­row­town won the tour­na­ment for the first time, while a Manor­burn Club team came run­ners-up, he said.

‘‘In the past a Dunedin club has won twice in a row. (The Ar­row Club) were de­lighted and I think what made it ex­tra spe­cial was that a fa­ther, son and brother are all in the team.’’

The event, in its fourth year, was held once a year thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the South­ern Hemi­sphere Prov­ing Grounds which made avail­able an ice sheet nor­mally used for car and tyre test­ing.

‘‘Typ­i­cally, it is well at­tended be­cause it is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to go up into the moun­tains and un­der­take curl­ing in a group. The only other mass curl­ing event is the bon­spiel that is held at the Id­aburn Dam - which is vari­able. If it isn’t held in July, typ­i­cally it is too late. When we curl on the prov­ing ground, be­cause of the al­ti­tudes we have much more cer­tainty...Next year we will ex­pand the num­ber of play­ers to in ex­cess of 100 curlers.’’


Mul­ti­sport ath­lete Steve Gur­ney came sec­ond in the vet­eran men’s di­vi­sion of the race.


Ar­row Club win­ners.

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