Horseshoe club’s season begins

Horseshoe players have started their 55th season in Memorial Park.

Nick Culic, president of the Summerland Horseshoe Club, said the club has a long history in the community, but in recent years, the number of participants has been declining.

“We’re still rebuilding,” he said. “Twenty or 25 years ago, this was one of the biggest clubs in the province.”

For those who have taken up the sport, it has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience, he said.

He and fellow club member Juanita Laye have both performed well at various tournaments.

Laye is one of the more recent members of the club, joining four years ago, but in that time, she has done well at various competitions.

“She sticks with it and she’s not giving up,” Culic said. “If we can get more people like her, we’re doing well.”

Throughout the year, some of the members will participate in tournaments, including one which will be hosted in Memorial Park in August. Other tournaments include events in Winfield, Vernon and Kamloops.

In addition, many of the members will also attend the B.C. Seniors’ Games in Castlegar.

While the competition element is one part of the game, Culic said it is mostly about participants having fun and staying in shape.

Throughout the season, practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays in Memorial Park, beginning at 6 p.m.