Country’s top curlers gather for national championships

Naseby played host to about 50 of New Zealand’s best curlers over the weekend for the 2020 national championships.

New Zealand Curling media manager Ian Ford said most were from Central Otago and Dunedin but there were also curlers from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.

Eleven teams competed at the three-day Maniototo Curling International rink event from Thursday night through to yesterday afternoon, ranging in age from teenagers to adults.

Mr Ford said three of the finalists at the weekend had spent six months in Canada, arriving back in New Zealand just before the Covid-19 lockdown in March and another had spent the northern season in Sweden on a NZ Curling sponsored exchange.

Bridget Becker was outstanding, winning the national women’s title, her 11th so far.

Mr Ford said the Naseby venue was excellent and the ice was of the same standard as would be found in northern hemisphere competitions.

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