2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships get under way

By Ellie Lambert

The 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships have begun at Parksville Curling Club on Vancouver Island.

The event sees the best eight Junior Men’s and eight Junior Women’s teams in the province go head-to-head, climaxing in the finals on January 3 which will be televised on Sportsnet.

The end-by-end results of all draws can be viewed on the Playdowns website under the British Columbia (Curl BC) tab.

Admission to the championships is free. For information about event visit the Parksville Curling Club website.

Jim Hoffman, Chair of the host committee, said: “We are very proud to be hosting this event and we’re looking forward to welcoming some of the best young curlers in BC to Parksville. It will undoubtedly be an exciting few days of curling and we hope lots of people will come and enjoy the action, which they can watch for free.”

On the Junior Women’s side, eight teams are battling for the title, including several medallists from last year’s event.

Team Daniels, from Delta Thistle Curling Club and Royal City Curling Club, is made up of three gold medallists from the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships. Sarah Daniels (skip), Marika Van Osch (third) and Megan Daniels (lead) will be hoping to repeat last year’s success alongside their new teammate Dezaray Hawes (second).

The 2013 Canadian Junior Champions, the Brown rink from Kamloops Curling Club, are back and hoping to regain their title. The team, which is skipped by Corryn Brown with Erin Pincott at third, Samantha Fisher at second and Sydney Fraser as lead, also took silver at last year’s BC Junior Championships.

Another team competing in the Junior Women’s event is Team Jensen which is skipped by 2014 bronze medallist Shawna Jensen. Shawna will be joined by third Katherine Silversides, second Michaela Douglas, lead Rebecca Douglas and fifth Sarah McCrady.

Vancouver Island’s Team Coulombe, who represent Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, are also competing at the Championships. The rink is made up of skip Mariah Coulombe, third Bailey Tinkler, second Jordan Koster and lead Sydney Brilz.

They are joined by Team Zucchet who represent Chilliwack Curling Club. The foursome consists of skip Kirsten Zucchet, third Cailin Cooke, second Everly Royea and lead Jasmi Jani.

Also competing is Team Egan from the Coquitlam Curling Centre. The team is skipped by Briana Egan, and is rounded out by third Caitlin Campbell, second Janice Pang, lead Angelique Miller and fifth Sienna Yang.
The Vernon Curling Centre is represented at the event by Team Fisher which is made up of skip Cierra Fisher, third Sydney Hofer, second Kylie Tokairin and lead Jaelyn Cotter.

The field is rounded out by Team Connell who travelled 900km from Prince George to compete. The team consists of skip Alyssa Connell, third Bailey Eberherr, second Jordan Henson and lead Erin Ross.

On the Junior Men’s side, Team Tanaka, who represent Abbotsford Curling Club, has returned to the Championships. The team, who came joint fourth last year, are skipped by Cody Tanaka and rounded out by Kyle Habkirk (third), Travis Cameron (second) and Donny Mackintosh (lead).

There are two Men’s teams from the Island competing in Parksville. From Victoria Curling Centre there is Team Henderson, which is made up of skip Paul Henderson, third Duncan Silversides, second Benton Boychuk-Chorney, lead Jacob Zorn and fifth Tim Henderson. They are joined by fellow Islanders Team Croteau, who curls at the Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre. Connor Croteau skips the team with Matt MacDonald playing third, Derek Chandler at second and Scott Gray at lead.

One of the team’s competing at the Championships for the first time is Team Carpenter from Royal City Curling Club. The team is made up of skip Brayden Carpenter, third Tyler Proctor, second Matthew Chan, lead Breyden Chong and fifth Horace Mak.

They are joined by fellow debutants Team Bartlett. The team, who play at Grand Forks Curling Club and Invermere Curling Club, is made up of skip Zane Bartlett, third Sam Gaspar, second Logan Powell and lead Jordan Field.

There are two Vernon rinks competing for the Men’s title; they are Team Love and Team Schiman. Team Love consists of skip Thomas Love, third Erik Colwell, second Brendan Chapple and lead Johnathan Schwartz. Matt Schiman, who competed at the Championships last year, will return to skip Team Schiman alongside third Jesse Monette, second Ben Morin, lead Adam Raber and fifth Brandon Makar.

The final team in the Men’s draw will be Team Loeppky of Prince Rupert Curling Club. The team is skipped by Jonathan Loeppky, the third is David Bartel, second is Matthew Dann, lead is Brock Griffin and fifth is Thomas Dann.

The winning Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s teams will travel to the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, from January 24 – February 1, 2015.

Click here to view the TV schedule for 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships on Sportsnet.

Source: http://www.curlbc.ca/2015-tim-hortons-bc-junior-curling-championships-get-under-way/


Sign up for SOAR instructor training in Prince George

By Ellie Lambert

In January, Prince George will play host to Curl BC’s first SOAR instructor training event of 2015 and sports coaches from across the area are invited to attend.

The SOAR program, which Curl BC runs in partnership with Tennis BC and BC Golf, is designed to help elementary school students develop their basic movement and co-ordination skills whilst trying three great sports. The program is funded by RBC’s nationwide Learn to Play initiative.

The training will take place over four days and act as an introduction to Playground to Fairway School Golf, Progressive Tennis, and Rocks & Rings floor curling. The first day will cover a range of topics including lesson plans, SOAR program management and long term athlete development. All of these skills are then implemented on the other three days when coaches will be mentored as they deliver the programme to elementary students in grades 1-7.

Once attendees have completed the training and secured a Criminal Record check they will be qualified to deliver SOAR workshops in schools.

The training event will be held from January 11-14, 2015, at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary School in Prince George.

To register for the course or find out more, click here.

Source: http://www.curlbc.ca/sign-up-for-soar-instructor-training-in-prince-george/


Calling all athletes and coaches – learning opportunity

By Ellie Lambert

Curl BC High Performance Program is excited to announce for the first time, a presentation by, CCA IST Lead and Mental Performance Consultant, Kyle Paquette.

We will be focusing on Championship Preparation with a focus on rest and recovery.

Kyle is the Mental Performance Consultant and IST Program Lead for the Canadian Curling Association’s National Team Program. In addition, Kyle works as a consultant for the Canadian Olympic Committee. He has been a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association for five years. In 2012, he was awarded the Association’s first Young Professional Award for his outstanding consulting work with athletes and coaches from various provincial and national sport organizations. Kyle holds two university degrees in sport psychology and related fields, and is currently completing the final year of a doctoral degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, specializing in the psychosocial sciences of sport, physical activity and health. Kyle has presented his research and applied work at numerous national and international conferences.
We are very excited to have Kyle come to BC and share his knowledge and expertise with our BC athletes.

This session is FREE to all Curl BC High Performance Program athletes and open to others outside of the program at a charge of $15.00/person + tax.

Please click here to register and pay to save a seat. Space is limited.

Location: Fortius Sport & Health – 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC
Date: Sunday, January 11th
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 7th.

Source: http://www.curlbc.ca/calling-all-athletes-and-coaches-learning-opportunity/


The countdown is on

By Ellie Lambert

Team Daniels seattle crop

It is less than two months until the start of the Canada Winter Games and Sarah Daniels, the skip for the BC women’s team, has been updating us on how their preparations are going.

“Our training is going pretty good so far, it can be difficult at times because we live far apart as Dezaray and I live in the lower mainland whilst Cierra and Sydney curl in Kamloops and Vernon so it’s hard to get together but for curling it is worth it. I think by Games time we’ll be ready. We’ve had some practice sessions and taken part in a couple of spiels. This weekend we’re competing in a holiday themed one in Seattle and each team has a name – we’re the four calling birds! Our first match is against the US champions from a few years ago so it should be good. (Editor’s note: They won the B event.)

Going to the Games is going to be great. Besides the BC Winter Games, it will be the first multi-sport event I’ve played at before. I’ve been to lots of spiels and the provincials and things but I think this will be different and a bigger deal so I’m excited about it.

We normally play in a team of four but we will be part of a much bigger team this time. I’m hoping that with it being in BC there will be lots of support and an awesome atmosphere.
It will be fun to see the different sports and hopefully people from other sports will come and watch us curl. Obviously we had the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and lots of people saw curling and liked it so hopefully that will happen again. It’s a good sport as there’s patience involved and it’s quite strategic so it should appeal to lots of people.”

You can find out why all of Team Daniels loves curling and what they are most looking forward to about the Games by visiting the Curl BC YouTube channel.

Sarah and Tyler Tardi, the BC Canada Games Men’s skip, recently took part in the funny Curling Zone series Cullen and the Curler – watch their episode.

Source: http://www.curlbc.ca/the-countdown-is-on/