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by Alexia Johnston

The wild weather of recent weeks has not put a damper on curling activities in the Mackenzie district.

Last week, Mackenzie Curling Club members hosted the Windwhistle Curling Club, in near-perfect conditions for the sport, thanks to a temperature of at least -10degC.

Mackenzie Curling Club member George Empson was among those who braved the conditions, following a series of cold fronts, which brought snow to the area over recent weeks.

He said despite rain and snow, the freezing temperatures meant the pond was still in good shape for curling.

Taking aim . . . Mackenzie Curling Club member Dave Paterson in full flight during a match against the Windwhistle Curling Club on Rob’s Pond, near Lake Tekapo, last weekend. PHOTO: GEORGE EMPSON

While the recent tournament at Rob’s Pond, near Lake Tekapo, was a fun event for everyone involved, the score was not what Mackenzie had hoped for, as Windwhistle went home the winner, Mr Empson said.

” .. the best team won against the Mackenzie Curling club,” he said.

Team members from Windwhistle, located in inland Canterbury, make a series of trips to the Mackenzie district throughout the season, to enjoy Tekapo’s great playing field.

“They come to us more than we go to them,” Mr Empson said.