Family take high-altitude curling trophy
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.