Curl BC celebrates 10 years as ‘One House’ for curling in province

By rconnopprice

Curl BC is celebrating 10 years!

In June of 2004, the new executive for the Curl BC Board was elected by delegates from the three former associations.

Wayne Braun became the first President, Eric Jamieson and Judy MacKinnon, Vice Presidents, Nigel Easton, Treasurer, and Judie Roberts, Secretary.

From that moment, the Pacific Coast Curling Association, the BC Interior Curling Association and the BC Ladies’ Curling Association had become amalgamated into one association serving the entire province.

The first meeting of the newly elected Board of Curl BC took place in September of 2004 — one decade ago.

In 2004, Curl BC had one delegate (director) from each of the 14 regions in the province.

Since amalgamation, Curl BC has changed shape.

Now, in 2014, Curl BC has just eight board members (both regional governors and governors at large) governing a network of people, including Curl BC staff, coaches, officials, ice techs, learning facilitators and other volunteers. It could not have been done without the dedication of countless volunteers. Thank you!



Young curlers benefit from first Swing & Sweep golf tournament

By Al Cameron

The winners of the inaugural Swing & Sweep Golf Tournament, presented by Pinty's,  Ian Gollert, Garry Guinard, Tim Jones and Jim Steele are joined by CCA Board of Governors Chair Hugh Avery and Board member Marilyn Neily. (Photo, CCA/Neil Valois)

Carving up the John Daly-designed Thundering Waters Golf Club layout to the tune of 17-under-par earned the foursome of Ian Gollert, Garry Guinard, Tim Jones and Jim Steele top honours in the Canadian Curling Association’s inaugural Swing & Golf Tournament, presented by Pinty’s, on Wednesday.

The winners of the inaugural Swing & Sweep Golf Tournament, presented by Pinty’s, Ian Gollert, Garry Guinard, Tim Jones and Jim Steele are joined by CCA Board of Governors Chair Hugh Avery and Board member Marilyn Neily. (Photo, CCA/Neil Valois)

But the real winners coming out of the tournament were young curlers across Canada, who’ll reap the benefits of the funds raised through the CCA’s For the Love of Curling philanthropic program.

The 18-hole scramble tournament capped the Canadian Curling Summit, a four-day gathering that saw curlers and administrators from across Canada come together for a meeting of the minds to discuss new techniques for continuing to grow the sport.

Junior curler essay winner eight-year-old Riley Puhl, left, is joined on stage by her grandfather Norman Todd, middle, and Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association. (Photo, CCA/Neil Valois)

Funds raised through entry fees to the tournament, sponsorships and a silent auction and live auction and will go to For the Love of Curling, which completed a successful first curling season by awarding 10 $1,000 scholarships earlier this month to scholar-athletes in hopes of helping them both on the ice and in the classroom.

“It was just a terrific day on the course, and it was so gratifying to see people participate in an event that will have such a profound effect on developing future curling champions,” said Rachael Wilson, Director, Fund Development, for the CCA. “We got so much positive feedback from the participants and we’re already looking forward to our second Swing & Sweep tournament. I can’t say thank-you enough to Pinty’s for its support of the event, as well as all of our other sponsors.”

Among the highlights of the day was the appearance of eight-year-old Riley Puhl, a curler in Niagara Falls who won an essay contest detailing her love of the sport. She and her grandfather, Norman Todd, curl together and were saluted with a prolonged ovation from the crowd at Thundering Waters after her speech was read to the crowd.



Curl BC is looking for linescores from championship events

By rconnopprice

Curl BC is looking for anyone who may have copied down the linescores from Curl BC championships in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

In particular, Curl BC is interested in results from the BC Seniors, Masters, Mixed, Mixed Doubles, Wheelchair and Juvenile events.

The linescores which were posted on were lost due to a failure of the server that hosted the site.

Cary Blackburn, from Coronation Internet Marketing, which runs said: “Unfortunately our web hosting provider had, what they called, a ‘catastrophic server failure’. Even worse, they didn’t have any working backups which almost all hosting providers have and we assumed they did. Luckily, we had backups off-site from January of 2013 so that we could restore the site but we’ve lost all results from January 2013 until the present.

“We will be changing to a better hosting provider before the start of the upcoming season and making improvements to the site so that our partners at Curl BC, the Northern Ontario Curling Association and the New Brunswick Curling Association will have an even better online playdown results system.”

Anyone with a detailed record of results from these events should contact Rebecca Connop Price at or call 604-333-3617.