Cowichan Rocks Curling Club and Cowichan Lake Recreation will be hosting the Curl BC Region 11 International Tankard curling event on March 7, 8 and 9.
It will be a weekend of fun tournaments — Canada versus the USA.
Local resident, and president of the Cowichan Rocks Curling Club, Mike Waller, was nominated to represent this area on the Canadian team.
Twenty-four players from each country are chosen. For Team Canada, there is one player from each club in Curl BC’s Mainland and Vancouver Island area and the 24 players from the USA are from Washington State Curling Association. Each group of 24 curlers will be divided into six teams representing their respective countries.
The six teams from each region are made up from club members whose volunteer efforts have furthered the sport of curling at a local, national or international level.
Each team plays three games —two on the Saturday and one on Sunday. Friday night is reserved for a meet-and-greet at the arena’s curling lounge.
Saturday will be the opening ceremonies and then teams curl two rinks. The games are eight ends but at the end of the fourth there is a broom stack, and the teams move into the lounge for a libation before finishing the game.
This is the second tankard to be played in the Cowichan Lake rink. The last one in 2004 was a big success, with many of its participants visiting the area for the first time.
The winning country will be able to display the Silver Tankard trophy for the upcoming year.
For more information about the International Tankard curling event call the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena at 250-749-6742.