Try different sports at sessions designed for women

By Rebecca Connop Price

Women are being invited to learn new sports in a fun and relaxed environment.

Women aged 18+ are being invited to participate in curling, golf and tennis over six Saturdays from April 9 to May 14. Child care is available on request.

If you are already familiar with curling but would like to try the other two sports you are encouraged to bring your knowledge to the curling sessions, while gaining new experiences in the other sports.

The sessions are a partnership between Curl BC, British Columbia Golf and Tennis BC and all the opportunities to try curling, golf, and tennis are in the Lower Mainland.

The sessions will last two hours and start with indoor introductions to the sports followed by travel to local golf, curling, and tennis centres to try the sports in their actual environments.

The curling will take place at the Vancouver Curling Club on April 16. The tennis and golf sessions will be worthwhile if participants don’t have much experience with these sports.

The cost is $50 for the six sessions.

Sign up at

Contact Ryan Schmidt at or 604-333-3620.



Ice King named official ice scraping equipment supplier for Curl BC

By Rebecca Connop Price

Ice King has been named the official supplier and distributor of ice scraping equipment for Curl BC.

The brand, owned by Guspro, will have a presence at Curl BC’s championship events until 2018.

An agreement, signed earlier this season, also means clubs that host Curl BC championship events will have access to a discount on Ice King ice equipment. Ice King equipment may also be available free of charge to ice makers at Curl BC’s televised events.

Ice King has partnered with both Curl BC and Curling Quebec this season and are now the Official Distributor to both federations for the next three years.

“We here at Ice King are very proud to have been able to partner up with two very successful curling associations this season and we look forward to growing our relationships with both organizations over the coming years,” said Ice King’s Sales and Marketing Manager Al Moon when asked about the company’s involvement in Canada’s competitive curling community.

Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said: “We greatly appreciate Ice King’s support of our BC Championships and look forward to working with them in the coming seasons.”

Ice King designs and manufactures ice scrapers and profiling equipment for curling centres worldwide.


About Curl BC
Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.

About Ice King
Since 1968, Ice King has been a pioneer in the quest for a machine that can help ice makers produce optimal ice conditions for curlers. This dedication has made the Ice King brand synonymous with curling ice scraping machines throughout the world.



Hosting grant video puts wheelchair curling in the spotlight

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC was awarded hosting grants for its 2016 Junior, Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair curling championships.

We would like to thank the Province of British Columbia and viaSport for their generous support of curling.

As one of the events benefiting from a hosting grant, Curl BC’s 2016 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship at Richmond Curling Club was featured in a viaSport video.



Two BC teams awarded medals at University Championships

By Rebecca Connop Price

Two BC teams were awarded medals at the 2016 CIS / Curling Canada University Tournament at Kelowna Curling Club.

Corryn Brown and her Thompson Rivers University WolfPack team of third Erin Pincott, second Sam Fisher, lead Ashley Nordin and coach Allison MacInnes, took the silver medal after a close game against the University of Alberta Pandas. In men’s play Corey Chester and his University of Victoria Vikes team of third Andrew Komlodi, Second Sanjay Bowry, lead Deryk Kuny and coach Melissa Soligo were awarded a bronze medal.

The event at the Kelowna Curling Club ran from March 20-23 and also featured a third BC team – a record for the event. The UBC Okanagan team of Justin Nillson, Colton Costa, Luke Cooke, Cam Mahler and coach Jock Tyre did not make it to the championship round.

In the women’s gold medal game, it was a close one, going to an extra end.

Kelsey Rocque and her Alberta Pandas were on the board first, taking a single point in the first end.
Brown and her WolfPack took a point in the second end, with their final rock being the only one left in the house. The third end saw the Pandas score one, taking a 2-1 lead through three. The gold medal game had its first blank end in the fourth, before the ‘Pack took a point in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the fifth end break.

The sixth was another single-point end, with Alberta taking a point to move into a 3-2 lead. The seventh end was the second left blank, a note indicative of the cautious and precise style of play directed by both Rocque and Brown in the game. Through the first seven ends of the contest for the national title, there was rarely a moment with more than two rocks in the house.

The game was tied up once again in the eighth end, then Brown’s WolfPack took their first lead of the game after stealing one in the ninth, on an early rock that they played almost the entire end to protect.

With a rock each left to play in the tenth end, TRU had three in the four foot and led by one. Skip Brown stuck her final rock in the top foot, putting four rocks in the house for the ‘Pack before Alberta’s final throw. Pandas skip Kelsey Rocque squeezed the hammer between two WolfPack rocks at the top of the four foot, and snuck it through to score one, tying the game at 4-4 and forcing an extra end.

On her final rock of the game, Brown had to play an in-turn to the four foot to push the Alberta rock back a few inches and win the game. She made the shot, and moved the Pandas’ rock in to the back of the button, but at too big of an angle, rolling off allowing Alberta to steal the final point of the game by a matter of inches.

With the win, skip Kelsey Rocque adds the title of National University Champion to her two World Junior Championships. She and the University of Alberta Pandas earn the title of 2016 CIS / Curling Canada University Champions, and take the gold medal as the best university women’s curling program in the country. They also earn the right to represent Canada at the Universiade Games in Kazakhstan.

In men’s play, Corey Chester and his Vikes were beaten by the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks, the eventual gold medal winners in the semis, to drop to the bronze medal game, where they faced the Brock Badgers. They won 7-3.

With UVic being at the event for the first time, Chester was happy to have an opportunity to play for a medal.

Similar to the gold medal match on the men’s side (Golden Hawks vs Pandas), the leads and seconds for both teams in the bronze medal game were relatively even by the numbers, but they were noticeably different for the thirds and skips. As a team the Vikes curled at a solid 79%, with third Andrew Komlodi shooting 81% and Chester curling at 75%. The Badgers curled at 71% as a team, but third Jonah Mondloch and skip Eric Bradey shot 69% and 58% respectively in Wednesday afternoon’s match.

“This is the first time that UVic has been to the championships,” explained Chester. “It feels great to get here in the first place and then finish on the podium and bring back some hardware for the school.”

“We had a tough day yesterday with two losses, and obviously this morning in the semifinal,” reflected Chester. “Our coach is an Olympic bronze medalist, so we had a conversation at lunch today after we lost the semifinal and she gave us great motivation and a mindset to go out there and play hard for something. It worked; we had our best game, especially in the last four ends.”



Congratulations to winners of PCMCA-BCIMCA Playdowns

By Rebecca Connop Price

Kelowna Curling Club hosted dozens of curling teams from the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association (PCMCA) and the BC Interior Masters Curling Association (BCIMCA) for a five days of competition.

The PCMCA-BCIMCA Combined Playdowns for the season ran from March 14-18, with trophies awarded to the winning teams from each association as well as overall (combined) winners.

In addition, Dale Gregory, a long-time volunteer with the PCMCA, was honoured at the event. After consultation between both organizations, starting in the 2016/17 season, the PCMCA/BCIMCA Combined Shield will be known as The Dale Gregory Shield (Overall Combined 70+ Champion BCIMCA-PCMCA).


In the Men’s 60+ the champions were:

PCMCA GUY PHILP Trophy (60+ Champion of the PCMCA) went to Bruce Feltham team of Qualicum. This team won all of its round-robin games against PCMCA opponents.

BCIMCA WALTER HOBBS Trophy (60 +Champion of the BCIMCA) went to the Gord Duplisse team of Salmon Arm. Curling versus BCIMCA opponents, the Duplisse team had two wins and then a tie (vs. the Abrey team). The Abrey team had the identical record. With the tie game having occurred against each other it was absolutely a dead heat. A Shootout was needed. It was won by the Duplisse team.

PCMCA/BCIMCA JACK McALLISTER Trophy (Overall Combined 60+ Champion BCIMCA-PCMCA) went to the Dale Abrey team of Summerland. In the overall competition the Abrey team was undefeated in its games vs all PCMCA and BCIMCA teams with six wins and one tie. No other team was undefeated.

In the Men’s 70+ the champions were:

BCIMCA Grand Master Shield (70+ Champion of the BCIMCA) went to the Al Tholl team of Creston. The Tholl team won all three of its games versus BCIMCA teams and claimed the Grand Master Shield.

PCMCA Graham Donaldson Shield (70+ Champion of the PCMCA) and the PCMCA/BCIMCA Combined Shield (Overall Combined 70+ Champion BCIMCA-PCMCA) went to the Lynn Wilson team of Glen Meadows (Saanich). The Wilson team had six wins and one loss. It won all of its three games agains PCMCA teams and this clinched the Graham Donaldson Shield. It had only one loss in the seven games of the Combined round-robin and therefore achieved the championship in the Overall competition. Interestingly, the Lonsberry team of Langley, had an impressive five wins, finishing second in the Overall competition. Ironically, it had its one loss and one tie versus PCMCA teams, keeping it second in both competitions.


In the Ladies event, the champions were:

BCIMCA Ladies Award went to the Bev Skinner team of Summerland. There was a bye in the BCIMCA field with no representative from its Zone 2. As a result, each team curled versus two other BCIMCA teams in the round-robin. The Skinner team achieved the BCIMCA title with one win and one tie.

PCMCA Ladies Award and the PCMCA/BCIMCA Ladies Award went to the Karen Lepine team of Langley. The Lepine team had its only loss versus the Skinner team of the BCIMCA and therefore became the Champion of the PCMCA and the Overall Champion of the PCMCA/BCIMCA.


In the Mixed event the champions were:

BCIMCA Mixed Curling Award went to the Dan Martell team of Kelowna. The Martell team was undefeated in its round-robin games versus BCIMCA teams with two wins and one tie. The Skrenek team of Vernon was also undefeated, but with one win and two ties, so the BCIMCA Mixed Curling Chamionship went to the Martell team.

PCMCA Mixed Curling Award and the PCMCA/BCIMCA Mixed Curling Award went to the Jack Holden team of Comox. The Holden team won all of its games versus PCMCA teams and had its only loss versus the Yip team of Kelowna. Therefore it achieved both the PCMCA and the overall PCMCA/BCIMCA titles.