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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Capital News

SPORTS

McCurdy lanes hosts Canadian mixed championship Warren Henderson STAFF REPORTER

SKI TIPS #016

STORING YOUR GEAR

This is the last ski tip for the season; we hope that you’ve enjoyed them and that you found them to be helpful. There are still a few days of great skiing to be had but it won’t be long until the golf courses are full and the beaches are brimming with activity. Just so you’re ready to go for next season it’s a good idea to prepare your skis for their summer hibernation. All of the ski shops in town and the shop up here on the mountain can help you with this but if you’re a do-it-yourselfer here’s a couple of things to keep in mind. Start with a bit of an overall clean up; some warm lightly soapy water will do the trick. You want to back off the tension in your bindings so the springs have a chance to relax, if you’ve used the soapy water on them you’re going to want to use a bit of binding lubricant on them as well, this is available at ski shops. Make sure you dry everything really well. From there you need to take care of the bases of your skis, a good thick coating of a general purpose ski wax will keep your skis fast for next year. Put the wax on but don’t scrape it off. After the skis have cooled they’re ready to be put away, store them in a cool dry place and you’re done.

As a supportive father and fan, Lorne Craig has been to a number of Canadian bowling championships in the past with his daughter, Marina. Now, for the first time as a competitor, the elder Craig will get a chance to knock down some pins at a national event this week at the McCurdy Bowling Centre. Craig is one of as many as 200 bowlers— from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.—who are expected for the Canadian Tenpin Federation’s 9th annual Canadian Mixed Championships beginning Thursday in Kelowna. “It’s going to be pretty neat to see the different bowling styles from across the country and to see people who love the sport come together in one place,” said Lorne Craig who has a 212 average this season. “I think it’s huge to have a national event in our own backyard, it’s great for the game here.

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KELOWNA bowlers Nancy Cobb (left) and Lorne

Craig will be among the competitors at the Canadian Tenpin Federation’s 9th annual Canadian Mixed Championships this week at McCurdy Bowling Centre. I’m going to go out and try have fun, I’m bowling with a good partner, and I should feel pretty comfortable with the surroundings.” Craig, one of about 60 locals competing, will bowl in the singles event, and in the doubles event with Nancy Cobb. He’ll also join forces with Cobb, Clem Fraser and Wendy Fraser in the team event. The Canadian Mixed Championship—hosted by the Kelowna Tenpin Bowling Association— is a handicapped event,

meaning a bowler of virtually any ability can walk away with a national title. For example, if a bowler with a 125 average performs well enough, he or she could easily knock off a player with a 200 average or better. “What this kind of event does is shows people with lower averages that they can compete, it really levels the playing field,” said Merlin Bunnage, the general manager of McCurdy Bowling Centre and two-time Canadian World Cup champion.

“That’s the great thing about it. It gives every player, regardless of average, a chance to come out and kick my butt,” Bunnage added with a laugh. The Canadian mixed tournament is the third national event McCurdy has hosted in the last eight years. A national youth tournament came to Kelowna in 2003, while the national classified championship stopped at McCurdy in 2004. “It’s always exciting for us to host national events like vthese,” said Bunnage. “These are a lot of fun and I know everyone involved here is excited about it. It’s a chance to show off our facility and our city.” Bowlers will compete in the singles, doubles, and team categories with awards also being handed out for all-events combined scores. The opening ceremony goes at 6 p.m. on Thursday, with the first round of action beginning at 7 p.m. Competition will run right through until Sunday with the final session beginning at 3 p.m.

As luck would have it, the hosting of the Canadian Mixed Championship just happens to coincide with the official launching of the Kelowna Tenpin Bowling Association’s new web site. Designed by four Okanagan College students, known as the Pin Pals, the site came online on Monday and is an exciting new addition for the local association. “It’s fantastic for us, it’s very user-friendly and the Pin Pals deserve all the credit,” said Craig Taylor, communications coordinator for the KTBA. “About 70 per cent of it is geared to the bowlers in our association, about 20 per cent promotes the City of Kelowna, and another 10 per cent promotes McCurdy. It’s a one-stop shop for local bowlers and for bowlers from out of town. Everything is right there on the site and we’re excited about it.” For more information, visit the new KTBA web site at www.ktbatenpin.ca. whenderson@kelownacapnews.com

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SKILL SHARPENING… Canadian junior team pitcher Jocelyn Cater swings the bat while Kelowna’s Peyton Fisher (left) and instructor Dave Petkau look on during a spring clinic hosted by Kelowna Minor Fastball on Saturday at the Capital News Centre.

Only about 220 days until the next opening day! Have a great summer and thanks very much for a great season from the Big White International Ski & Board School.

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