Following a provincial victory in Grand Forks, a Summerland curling team will compete at the national level in Montreal later this month.
The team of skip Bev Skinner, third Wendy Archer, second RoseMarie Fenrich and lead Betty Raymond will be at the Canadian Women’s Masters Curling Championships.
While the four are long-time curlers, they have been playing together for just a few months.
“We put the team together in fall and started practicing in December,” Skinner said.
She added that the team has already received support from the community.
The cost of the trip to Montreal is around $8,000 and the curlers have raised $2,900. On Monday evening, municipal council gave another $500 to assist the team’s effort.
“The fact that you’re going is the miracle in this story,” said Mayor Janice Perrino.
“Any team which makes the nationals in curling is really incredible,” added Coun. Orv Robson.
This is not the first time a Summerland team has competed at the national level.
In 1982, a team from the Summerland Fire Department competed at the national level in Winnipeg.
The results of the national championships in Montreal will be online at the Canadian Curling Association’s website at curling.ca.