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Falkland launches bid to become next Hockeyville community

Falkland residents take to the ice for a game on New Year's Day - in borrowed jerseys.
Image Credit: Kim Churchill

Falkland has applied to become the next Kraft Hockeyville community with the hope the much-needed cash will build a roof over their outdoor hockey rink.

Currently, the outdoor rink in the town — along Highway 97 roughly halfway between Vernon and Kamloops — often sees too much sunshine, melting the ice and stopping play. Winning the Kraft Hockeyville competition would net the rink $250,000 – and allow a roof to built over the ice.

Kim Churchill is spearheading the campaign to make Falkland the next Hockeyville winner and is encouraging members of the public to vote for the small-town rink.

“If we had a roof we'd have a longer season for our kids to enjoy,” Churchill said.

The rink is well used, and run by volunteers who clear the snow and maintain the ice. Keeping the snow, and sun, off the rink would allow for a lot more ice time for the youngsters that regularly play on the ice.

She said a roof would also give shade in the summer allowing for the space to be used for a farmers market in the summer or different events.

Ten other towns have already applied for the Hockeyville status in the west, and even if Falkland isn't successful, coming within the top four would see the rink win $25,000.

Churchill is encouraging people to go the Kraft Hockeyville website and vote, submit photos and write stories - which transfer to points in the competition – in the hope the Falkland rink will win. She also points out people don't need to live in Falkland to do so.

For more information and to support the Falkland rink to win the Kraft Hockeyville go here.

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