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Clif Antypowich KING OF

crokinole By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

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he last time the Okanagan Sun published an article about Osoyoos resident and crokinole enthusiast Clif Antypowich was about five years ago. His enthusiasm for the Canadian game of crokinole proved to be unmatched, and Antypowich worked hard at bringing the first official Crokinole Tournament to B.C. in 2009, more specifically to the South Okanagan. This spring, when the Sun phoned Antypowich to do a follow-up article, he and his wife Joyce had moved to Oliver, where the annual tournament is held. But there was another more significant change in Antypowich’s life. The voice at the other end of the phone call sounded so different, not the clear and unhindered voice that had spoken to us before. Antypowich had developed voice problems, and several other physical symptoms that he said were associated with a condition that afflicts over 100,000 Canadians, Parkinson’s disease. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is 66-year-old Antypowich’s passion for the game of crokinole, which was invented in Canada over a century ago (see history in adjoining article). Signs of his love for the game are evident in his home, from the photographs and scrapbooks, to the officially precise maple crokinole table Antypowich painstakingly made several years ago. The game has taken on a different significance for him though, now that he is dealing with the physically

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Photo by Alta Dawne Photography

Okanagan Sun - April 2012  

Okanagan Sun - April 2012

Okanagan Sun - April 2012  

Okanagan Sun - April 2012

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