Abigail Talbot surveys the scene during the East Kootenay Curling Playdowns on Saturday. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Elkford curlers dominate East Kootenay Playdowns

The East Kootenay High School Curling Playdowns took place in Fernie last weekend

A group of promising young curlers gathered in Fernie this past weekend for the East Kootenay Playdowns.

On Friday night and Saturday, curling teams from four different schools in the East Kootenay region competed against each other for a chance to advance to the Kootenay Playdowns on January 30 to February 1.

There was four boys teams, from Elkford Secondary School, Fernie Secondary School, Prince Charles Secondary School and Sparwood Secondary School. Although all of the teams played well and fought hard for their shot at provincials, it was the boys from Elkford Secondary School that came out undefeated and victorious.

For the girls side of the tournament, there was teams from Elkford Secondary School, Prince Charles Secondary School and The Fernie Academy. Elkford Secondary School proved that they have a strong set of curlers as the girls team also won in their category, undefeated.

Both the boys and girls teams will now compete against the winning teams from the West Kootenay next weekend in Elkford. The winner from those games will go on to represent the Kootenay region in the provincial curling championships.

The Sparwood team came in second place for the boys category and the Creston team came in second place for the girls category.

The Elkford girls curling team will also be representing the region in the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John in February of this year.


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