A Sooke club is hoping to make playing horseshoe popular.
And it’s giving the community a chance to play the sport with the Sooke Community Challenge on May 25.
The expectation is the day-long tournament will spark interest for new players.
“We have so much fun and we want to get the message out to everyone to give it a try,” said Chantal Wilson, president of the Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association.
Along with the challenge showcasing the sport, the association is also using it as a training ground for club members to learn how to run an event in preparation for the first-ever Sooke Memorial tournament in honour of founders Tom Bligh and Gord Butts on July 6.
So far, the Sooke Community Challenge has six teams registered. The association would like between 10 to 12 teams.
Teams are divided into two divisions, with each division sponsored by a coach, who will help the teams on the day of the tournament. There are four players on each team.
“None of our members will play in the tournament because they’ll be busy running the tournament with the help of the Victoria Horseshoe Club,” Wilson said.
Once teams are registered, they are encouraged to take part in a Saturday practice at the horseshoe association’s pits on Sooke River Road. For registration information, please go online to www.sookehorseshoes.weebly.com.