August 7-9, Parksville, BC
“It?s an amazing game played on a field like a chess board with fine shots to be made and strategy plays to work out,” says Paul Hall, a seven-year veteran of the World Croquet Championship. With a description like Hall?s, it is no wonder that teams have been travelling from England and the United States for the last twenty-three years to compete in the World Croquet Championship, August 7-9, in Parksville on Vancouver Island.
The game of croquet that is played at the World Croquet Championship is unique to Vancouver Island. With three players a side there are many opportunities for exciting competition over the nine-wicket course.
The 1998 Championship marks the first year of the Senior division tournament. Those who are sixty years or over are not limited to the new Senior division, however, as they may choose to vie for the highly competitive World division title. The Island division is less intense and is great for teams new to the World Croquet Championship.
The lighter side of the World Croquet Championship features a fun “Sticky Wicket” solo competition where players try to wend their way through a crooked course in the minimum number of strokes. Prizes for Best Dressed Team will also be awarded.
The setting for the Championship is the oceanside Parksville Community Park, with the Georgia Straight and Coast mountains providing a spectacular background. This location is ideal for the short walk to a variety accommodations, and world class mini-golf. The park features the best, safest beach to be found on the Island with warm, shallow water. A free water park, big playground, and grassed play areas ensure fun for the whole family.
Players may register in teams of three or individually with entry fees starting at $40 per participant. For more information contact Paul Hall, tournament director, at (250) 248-5870.