Hosts for 2017 provincial championships announced

By Ellie Lambert

Abbotsford and Duncan will be home to BC’s best curlers when they host two of the province’s biggest curling championships in 2017.

BC’s female curlers are set to step onto the ice at Duncan Curling Club for the 2017 BC Scotties Tournament of Hearts, presented by Best Western, whilst Abbotsford Curling Club will be home to the competitors at the 2017 Canadian Direct BC Men’s Championship.

Both events will be televised on Sportsnet and could be the first step towards qualifying for the 2017 Roar of the Rings.

Duncan’s five-sheet facility, which hosted the 2014 AMJ Campbell Mixed Championship, will welcome the women in January 2017.

Brent Dellebuur, who will be chairing the organizing committee in Duncan, is looking forward to staging the 2017 BC Scotties. He said: “We are extremely pleased to be confirmed to host this event and look forward to the exposure it will give us on the provincial stage. We cherish the opportunity to host the finest ladies teams in our province with what could potentially lead to an Olympic trials berth.

“We look forward to the challenge of this event and are thrilled to be able to show the rest of the curling community what The Duncan Curling club at The Glen Harper Centre can do.”

Abbotsford Curling Club will welcome BC’s best male curlers to their six-sheet facility in February 2017. The facility has previously hosted the 2012 Canadian Senior Curling Championships and the 2013 Masters Grand Slam of Curling.

Kent Bird, the new Manager at the Club, shared his enthusiasm about the 2017 BC Men’s Championship when he said: “The club is thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious event. We are in a transition period and the added exposure will greatly benefit our curling club and community. The members are very excited as well to be hosting another great event. We look forward to showing off our friendly atmosphere and provide BC’s best men’s curlers a great week of curling and hospitality.”

Curl BC’s Competitions and High Performance Manager, Shannon Aleksic, said: “We are thrilled that Duncan and Abbotsford will be staging these Championship events in 2017. They are both excellent clubs with a history of staging successful competitions and I am sure they will be amazing hosts.”

The 2016 BC Scotties Tournament of Hearts, presented by Best Western, will be held at Coquitlam Curling Club and Nelson Curling Club is the host for the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championship.



Pilot Men’s Tour to launch on the Island and in Thompson / Okanagan

By Ellie Lambert

The Curl BC Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour, which includes a dozen club bonspiels and a season-ending tour championship, has been running in the Lower Mainland and Seattle since 2008. A pilot project is now underway to have similar bonspiel tours on Vancouver Island and in the Thompson/Okanagan this coming season with two teams from both areas qualifying to play in a BC bonspiel tour championship.

The four teams from the Island and Thompson/Okanagan will join up with 12 teams from Region 11 in late March at Cloverdale Curling Club to what would normally be the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour Championship into create a BC Bonspiel Tour Championship. All 16 teams in the event will qualify based on tour points earned at participating club bonspiels in their respective areas.

Richard Brower, who has been organizing the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour since its inception, is managing the pilot project to see if the bonspiel tour concept can work elsewhere in the province. The proposed Thompson/Okanagan and Island tours will need volunteer coordinators and commitments from clubs to go forward. The commitments are outlined below:

Regional Organizers

  • Contact clubs to confirm their commitment to having their men’s bonspiel take part in this pilot project
  • Compile the schedule of men’s bonspiels taking part and send out information on this schedule to clubs and curlers
  • Promote the project through posters, email communications, phone calls, etc.
  • Contact clubs to get results from their men’s bonspiels, compile the regional points standings of teams participating in the designated bonspiels, and circulate the points standings to clubs and curlers

Richard would be available to guide and assist the regional organizers from the Thompson/Okanagan and Vancouver Island.


  • Agree to have their men’s bonspiels be part of this pilot project
  • Remit $5.00 per team participating in their men’s bonspiel (ie. 24 team bonspiel would pay $120) to a pool of money used to support travel and accommodation expenses for the two teams from their region qualifying to play in Cloverdale (Please note that on the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour participating clubs pay this same fee to support the Tour Championship)
  • Promote the pilot project by circulating information emails to their men’s league curlers, posting information on club bulletin boards, and including information in their men’s bonspiel packages
  • Provide results from their men’s bonspiels to the regional organizer, outlining the top four teams in the A, B and C events
  • Hopefully, by joining in on this pilot project, clubs will have a marketing tool and incentive for teams to take part in their men’s bonspiels.

Team Eligibility and Registration

The teams competing in the BC men’s bonspiel championship at Cloverdale would need to meet the same eligibility criteria that teams competing on the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour do, as outlined here. The eligibility requirements are similar to those of the BC Club Challenge, designed to exclude teams that are qualifying in Curl BC playdowns.

Teams would indicate their interest in qualifying for the Cloverdale event by registering through a form on the Curl BC website or through their regional organizer.
If you are interested in taking part in this pilot project, either as a regional organizer or as a club, please contact Richard Brower by emailing or calling 778-317-1071.



Curl BC receives over $100,000 to help develop curling

By Ellie Lambert

Curl BC has secured a $105,000 Community Gaming Grant from the provincial government to support a wide range of initiatives to help promote and develop the sport.

The funding will be used to expand programs such as Rocks and Rings and SOAR, assist with the delivery of training courses and educational events, and cover essential provincial championship costs.

Speaking about the grant, Curl BC CEO Scott Braley said: “Community Gaming Grants are essential to the ongoing operations of both Curl BC and its member curling centres across the province. On behalf of the 24,500 regular curlers in 90 BC communities, Curl BC would like to thank the Province of BC for continuing to provide this invaluable support to amateur sport each year.”

The funding was presented to Curl BC by Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee at a cheque handover ceremony at Fortius Sport and Health on Monday, June 8.

MLA Lee said: “Curl BC does remarkable work in our community, with the support of this gaming grant, the organization will continue to produce world class athletes and encourage people of all ages to engage in active lifestyles.”

Further information about the Community Gaming Grants can be found on the BC government’s website



Rockslide 2015 begins

By Ellie Lambert

Happy campers crop

Almost 100 young curlers have descended on Kelowna to be part of one of Canada’s biggest junior curling camps which starts today.

Rockslide Summer Camp, which is taking place at Kelowna Curling Club from July 7-10, will see 98 curlers work with world class coaches to learn new skills, develop their tactics and have fun at the same time.

As well as spending lots of time curling and receiving guidance from coaches including Scotties champion Rachel Homan, campers have the chance to take part in off-ice team building challenges such as a Tough Mudder style assault course.

Attendees will then be able to put everything they have learnt into practice at the post-camp bonspiel which runs from July 10-12.

Since Rockslide Summer Camp launched five years ago over, over 230 different kids have attended the camp ranging from complete novices to curlers who have gone on to represent Canada at World Championships and the Youth Olympics.

The camp, which is organized by Curl BC, is also welcoming coaches for the first time this year. Twenty people from across the province have signed up for the inaugural coach camp which will give them the chance to learn from some of BC’s most experienced coaches, increase their knowledge and put their skills to the test.

With a world-class line-up of coaches including Scotties and Brier competitors, and coaches who have worked with Provincial, National, Olympic and World champions, Rockslide 2015 is set to be the biggest and best camp yet.



Corryn Brown awarded 2015 Spirit of Sandra Scholarship

By Ellie Lambert

The skip of the BC Junior Women’s champions is set to receive a $5,000 scholarship to help support her curling ambitions and studies.

Corryn Brown, who is from Kamloops, was named as one of six winners of the award which is presented by the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

It is the second time that the 20-year-old has received the scholarship as she was also named a beneficiary in 2014.

Speaking about the award, Corryn said: “I was honoured to work with the Sandra Schmirler Foundation last year. I met so many great people and gained some amazing memories. I am so excited to receive this scholarship this year but more importantly excited to go through the experience of being a Sandra Schmirler Scholar and all the incredible opportunities that come with it once again. I cannot wait to see what this year brings!

The award consists of $2,500 to help the recipients with educational expenses, such as tuition fees and books, and $2,500 with the costs of curling competitively.

Corryn is currently studying for a Bachelor of Administration at Thompson Rivers University and earlier this year she led the TRU women’s curling team to a silver medal at the CIS / Curling Canada Championships.

The TRU student wants to become a chartered public accountant and she hopes that the scholarship will help her do that. She said: “Receiving this will greatly help me reach my goals in both curling and academics. This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial requirements that it takes to be a student athlete and it will mostly definitely take some pressure off when the fall comes so I can solely concentrate on school and curling.”

The other 2015 Spirit of Sandra Scholars are: Kristen Streifel from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Weston Oryniak, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brendan Acord, Sault St. Marie, Ontario; Sara Guy, Wahnapitae, Northern Ontario; and Brooks Roche from Montague, PEI.

World Champion curlers Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham will once again volunteer as mentors to the scholars. “It’s an honour to continue to work with these talented young adults as they pursue excellence in academics and curling,” said Jon. “Their collective desire to succeed and love of curling is inspiring.” “We both feel privileged to be part of this scholarship program that continues to help young athletes reach for the stars and fulfill their dreams,” added Cathy.

The Scholarships are funded through crowd sweeps at major curling events and are therefore a result of the generosity of the curling community.

Each of the Scholars has committed to organizing a fundraiser in their local community to build awareness and raise money to support the mission of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which is to donate to Newborn Intense Care Units (NICUs) in hospitals across Canada for the purchase of life-saving equipment for babies born too soon, too small or too sick.