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.