Saanich plays host to Canada’s best

National Horseshoe Pitching Championships start Wednesday

Colin Nicholson pitches during practice Sunday at the Victoria Saanich Open in preparation for the elders A division contest at the Canadian Horseshoe Pitching Championships. The event features horseshoe pitchers from across the country competing over four days at the Greater Victoria Horseshoe Pitching Association’s club near Glanford Park.

Horseshoe pitchers from across the country got a chance to practise their throws at the Victoria Saanich Open, ahead of the National Horseshoe Pitching Championships that kick off today.

Sixty competitors entered the open tournament this past weekend at the Greater Victoria Horseshoe Pitching Association’s club near Glanford Park, aiming to increase their rankings going into the nationals.

“Every tournament you go into, you’re ranked by your ringer percentage from past tournaments,” said Tom Moffat of the GVHPA. “Some of the women are averaging 69 per cent ringers and the top man, from Quebec, is about 65 per cent.”

Players from Ontario and New Brunswick also stopped by the Victoria Saanich Open to warm up for the nationals, which run over the next four days at the GVHPA clubhouse. Moffat said 163 pitchers are entered into the Canadian competition, with divisions for men, women, elders, juniors and peewees.

“Our youngest player is six and there’s a fellow playing in the one of the groups who’s 91 years old,” said Moffat, noting the universal appeal of the sport. “Most people think horseshoes is a backyard sport that you play at picnics and barbecues, but it’s quite an organized sport. It’s people from every walk of life that are out here playing, and they just love it.”

Standout competitors include the club’s own two-time junior world champion Lindsay Hodgins and 17-time Canadian women’s champion Sylvianne Moisan from Quebec. This year marks the fifth time the GVHPA has hosted the national event, with competition set for the 28 outdoor pitches throughout the four days.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” said Moffat. “It’s great publicity for the sport and great exposure.”

 

For more on the nationals, visit gvhpa.org, bchorseshoe.com and horseshoecanada.ca.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Area residents concerned about aftermath of McKenzie interchange construction

Ministry says neighbours’ concerns being heard, will be addressed

West Shore’s 10 worst intersections for crashes in 2019

Millstream Road, Veterans Memorial Parkway area continues to be a hotspot

UPDATE: Two dead after fishing boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Kelly Ellard receives day parole extension allowing up to five days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Saanich council seeks more information after hearing Uptown-Douglas plan

Council asks for further reports on economic, housing, transportation plans for corridor

DFO says 5 aggrieved B.C First Nations were consulted on fisheries plan

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations calls response ‘a sham,’ adding DFO never incorporates their views

Man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near Vancouver Island mall

RCMP in Parksville report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Pitt Meadows woman gives birth on in-laws’ driveway

Frédérique Gagnon new son is appropriately named after Norse trickster god

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

VIDEO: B.C. community rallies to save snared eagle

Revelstoke climber scales tree to save the raptor

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Most Read