McDOUGALL TWP. - Shuffleboard is becoming the fastest growing recreational sport in Nobel since the new McDougall Recreation Centre opened last year in the village.
Getting ready to shuffle in McDougall.
Dale Robinson tries his hand on the shuffleboard at the Nobel’s new McDougall Recreation Centre last year. The club is getting ready to start their second season on May 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.
North Star file photo
Last year, the Nobel Shuffleboard Club attracted 45 members and first vice-president Peter Berg is expecting at least 10 more this season.
“I’ve already received emails from people saying ‘We can’t wait to shuffle’,” says Berg, who is organizing a group of volunteers to repaint the shuffleboard lines on the arena surface.
If the lines are successfully painted in time, the Club intends to begin its season on May 1. Players meet at the arena Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by a social.
Berg is hoping to arrange a sign-up list for those members interested in competing against Coldwater and Fergus club members this summer.
“A lot of people think they’re too old,” says club president Dick Lubbelinkof. “But we have a lady who plays and she’s really good at it, so if anyone who is 90 years old wants to play, I say you’re never too old.”
“The reason it’s so popular now,” he says. “ Is because it’s a great sport to play in retirement. Now, even people in wheelchairs play. It’s really catching on.”
The new McDougall Recreation Centre has a large parking lot, washroom facilities and a kitchen.
“It is a beautiful facility and people should come out and take advantage of it,” says Berg.