It’s never too late to start something new, at least not for one Saanich Peninsula resident, Chester Brown, who decided to take up not one, but two new sports when he was in his late 70s.
Brown, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday, began curling and golfing when he was 78 years old. Now he is a dedicated member of the Masters curling league at Glen Meadows and he said the sport has helped to keep him young.
“I had been retired for 35 years and I always kept myself busy with yard work and various other things, but by the time I turned 78 I was slowing down noticeably,” explained Brown.
“So I thought to myself, ‘it’s time I added a little bit of recreation into my life’ so I started both curling and golfing in the same year.”
Brown has lived on the Saanich Peninsula for the last 35 years. Prior to moving to the West Coast, Brown worked for the provincial government in Saskatchewan and the federal government in Ottawa.
“I’m at the age now where I’ve been retired for longer than I worked,” he laughed.
Brown, who currently lives in Sidney, curls two days a week with the Masters league and also plays a skins game twice a week at Glen Meadows.
“I entered into the Masters league when I started and right away I knew it was very friendly club,” said Brown. “It’s more or less all seniors and they were very tolerant of me learning all the rules of the game.”
Along with curling, Brown also lawn bowls outdoors in the summer with the Sidney Lawn Bowling Club and plays short mat in the winter.
He has given up serious golfing for now but said he still enjoys the game.
“I don’t know what I’d do if it weren’t for these kinds of activities,” he explained. “When you get to be this age one of the things that keeps you going is staying active, so I’m very fortunate to still be able to do all of these great things.”