Country’s elite ice athletes vying for national titles

New Zealand Youth Olympics representative Hunter Walker delivers a stone at the  New Zealand...
New Zealand Youth Olympics representative Hunter Walker delivers a stone at the New Zealand Curling Championships at Naseby yesterday. PHOTOS: SHANNON THOMSON
Former New Zealand Olympic curler Warren Dobson aims yesterday.
Former New Zealand Olympic curler Warren Dobson aims yesterday.
Former New Zealand Olympic curler Sean Becker shows his skill yesterday.
Former New Zealand Olympic curler Sean Becker shows his skill yesterday.

The elite of New Zealand curling has converged on Naseby in a bid to take home the title of national champion.

The New Zealand Curling Championships began on Thursday evening, with the final contest scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Seven men’s teams and three women’s teams from Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Dunedin and Central Otago are taking part in the four-day tournament at the Naseby indoor rink.

The event boasts former Olympians, junior Olympians and world championship reps.

The championships play a role in national selection for the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in November.

New Zealand National Curling coach and selector Peter de Boer said despite the sport being lesser known, its future was "in really good shape".

"At elite level, that high performance level, we have a group of eight to 10 athletes who are all capable of going overseas and competing at the top level," he said.

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