The Kelowna Curling Club is yet another organization heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club has been around for over 80 years, but is getting creative to find new ways to generate revenue. The club is announcing plans to introduce pickleball, which will start in early April or sooner.
The KCC will be removing the ice 10 days early as it is still very unclear when the members will be allowed to compete in games. The club has found itself in a tough situation since all adult curling leagues were shut down alongside groups adult sports in B.C.
“We’ve been operating since the beginning of December with three people allowed on a sheet of ice, so basically you can play one on one or have some practice, that’s about it, all our leagues are down,” says general manager of the KCC, Jock Tyre.
The restaurant upstairs, equipped with a spacious lounge, gives members of the community a way to hang out and watch televised curling amongst other sports.
Jock is hopeful about the transition from curling to pickleball.
“It's a lot of fun...We're hoping to convert a lot of curlers into pickleballers so they can stay right here at the Kelowna Curling Club all summer long, the facility is set up perfectly, its nice and cool out there,” says Jock Tyre.