Men\\\'s Bonspiel 2014
Jan. 10-12, 2014
Osoyoos Ladies Bonspiel 2014
Feb. 07-09, 2014
Junior Elks Bonspiel
Mar. 01, 2014
Open Midsummer Bonspiel
Annual Open Midsummer Bonspiel
Aug. 14-17, 2014
Contact: Dawn Everest
Junior Curling Program
Osoyoos Curling Club has a very active
junior program for children aged 8 to 18 years of age. Older juniors play in the
adult and/or fun leagues. The younger juniors start off playing with little
rocks until they grasp the technique of sliding with a balanced delivery.
Usually by the end of the first year they graduate to the bigger stones. Under
the tutelage of certified Curl BC instructors the little rockers progress
through the various levels of the Premier Sports Award for Curling program
learning basic skills, etiquette & on ice safety lessons. The older children
continue their skill development in a more competitive environment where their
performances are evaluated in games or in game like scenarios. These are the
curlers who form teams & compete in bonspiels & interchanges with other clubs.
The junior program begins in mid October with an instructional
clinic for new & experienced curlers. In December the juniors & their parents
participate in a Turkey Shoot in conjunction with our annual Christmas
party. In January the McDonald's Junior Curling League begins & the season winds
up at our annual Elks Lodge Junior Bonspiel on the first weekend in March. The
Elks spiel has rapidly become one of the more popular junior venues in the
Okanagan mainly because we guarantee prizes for all of the curlers.
has it that curling was first played in Osoyoos on the frozen Lake Osoyoos
by Dougall Burpee who had his own set of rocks. Burpee & his friends would
curl on the lake or one of the local frozen ponds whenever the weather was
cold enough to form ice. Dick Topping from nearby Oliver also had his own
set of rocks curling on an outdoor rink in his back yard.
It wasn't until the early 1950's when a
group headed by Topping, the club's first president, spearheaded a drive to
build an indoor curling club in Oliver. The new rink was to be the first
curling club in the South Okanagan. Unable to raise the funds in Oliver,
Topping sought out the assistance of interested curlers from Osoyoos,
Midway, Rock Creek & Oroville, Washington hence the name International
Curling Club. Osoyoos residents Chuck Emery, Pat Fraser & friends came on
board to raise funding through the sale of $100 memberships & $50 bank notes
to construct the new curling club on the lakefront in Osoyoos. On March 17,
1954 the International Curling Club opened their doors to the public with
pioneer curler Dougall Burpee throwing the very first rock at the grand opening. Curling took off from there. Members drove from as far away as Midway & Keremeos to play league games during the week & weekend Bonspiels attracted up to 100 teams curling around the clock in the four sheet rink.
need for a more modern facility in the early 1970's the board of directors
directed by Lyle Dawson, Bud Fraser, Howard Engel & Doug Weeks a Washington,
USA resident, raised funds to build a brand new curling rink. They secured
funding through member-backed bank notes, a government grant & some very
popular car raffles. In 1975 the new club was built next door to the new
arena. This location allowed the club to share the cost of ice making with
the arena reducing the normally huge operating & capital expenditures the
old club had. Another advantage to this arrangement was the ability to
maintain ice during the summer months. While the arena was being used for
hockey schools during the summer the curling club decided to hold a
bonspiel. In 1978 the Osoyoos Mid-Summer Mixed Bonspiel was born & has been
a very popular event ever since. In the summer of 1979 Norm Propp brought the Four Foot Curling Camp to Osoyoos. Junior curlers from Japan, Korea & all over North America have attended this event. Recently Curl BC has held technical courses on ice making, coaching & the business of curling between our summer events.
Today the current board & volunteer members are striving to continue with the spirit of curling that our pioneer curlers brought to this community so many years ago. Challenges now & in the future will be faced by the club, however curling will always remain strong in Osoyoos. That is the legacy of the club's history. Even to this day the best rocks at the International Curling Club are the blue granite stones old Dick Topping curled with in his back yard over fifty years ago.
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The International Curling Club of Osoyoos has good facilities for your private party or event. The upstairs lounge can accommodate 80 people easily.
It contains kitchen facilities if required and also comes equipped with a bar and bartender if required.
The ice surface contains four sheets which can also be rented for your private curling event.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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