The army of senior curlers who took to the ice this winter for great sport and camaraderie.

The army of senior curlers who took to the ice this winter for great sport and camaraderie.

Nelson seniors rock the house

The Nelson Senior’s League has just finished off another great season of curling and camaraderie

The Nelson Senior’s League has just finished off another great season of curling and camaraderie, bonspiels, funspiels and banquets, all while keeping fit and happy as they swept the winter blues away and made new friends.

They had eight teams this year, with 34 players and spares, men and women aged 50-plus. Teams competed in bonspiels in Nelson, Creston, Grand Forks, Trail, Kaslo, Castelgar, Beaver Valley and Rossland.

The players consist of all levels from beginner to highly skilled.

“When I started last year as a newbie, I found my more advanced teammates patient and very helpful with instruction and advice,” said new curler Blaise Enright. “I soon realized that, collectively, the Senior’s League has hundreds of years of curling experience and they were more than happy to coach me and share their wisdom.

“We have a lot of fun and social interaction and I’ve never loved winter in Nelson as much as I do now. Nothing warms up your body, mind and spirit more than getting down to the curling club twice a week, throwing rocks, and sweeping hard and fast down the ice.”

The club welcomes new members who would like to join them for the next season. Registration begins in mid-October and information can be obtained from their fearless leader, and masterly curler, Earl Mason who can be reached at 250-352-7530.

“We greatly appreciate all of our local business sponsors who help to bring joy, friendship and good health into our lives through their generosity,” said Enright. “Please support our local businesses because they support all of us in so many, often unheralded, wonderful ways. Thank you from the Nelson Curling Club.”