Curl BC plans reorganization of juvenile championships

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC plans to reorganize its juvenile curling championships to bring them in line with changes at the national level.

Curl BC will make its juvenile event a U18 event, instead of the current U17 format. Curl BC will host these championships on an annual basis in order to align with the creation of the Canadian U18 Championships commencing in the 2016/17 season.

The change is subject to the approval of the motion to create a Canadian U18 Championships, which is being decided at Curling Canada’s AGM on June 18, 2016.

In addition, playdowns for the BC U18 Championships would switch from eight zones to five inter-regional events as outlined below.

A BC Winter Games curling competition will continue to take place every second year using the BC Games Zones. The intention is for that competition to be targeted towards younger athletes.

The Curl BC Board of Governors voted unanimously in favour of the change.

U18 Event Format:

1) The BC U18 Championships shall consist of two pools of four teams with the top two in each pool advancing to a sudden death playoff. The winner of each pool plays the second place team in the other pool with the winner advancing to the final. Teams not advancing to the championship pool will play in a consolation round simultaneously with the championship playoffs. Except for tie-breakers, no team shall be required to play more than two games per day. All games shall be eight ends.

2) The eight teams for each championship shall qualify as follows:
• One team qualifying from Region 1 and 2;
• One team qualifying from Region 3, 4 and 7;
• One team qualifying from Region 5 and 6;
• One team from Region 8, 9 and 10;
• One team from Region 11;
• Three remaining berths to be prorated based on the number of entries.

3) For qualifying events with three spots, the draw format will be a modified triple knockout and, for events with two spots, the draw will be modified a double knockout.


Eligible players must be 17 years of age or under on Dec 31, 2016. Each team will be comprised of four (4) males plus (1) coach or four (4) females plus (1) coach. Additional team members will not be recognized: i.e. alternate players, team leaders. The coach will have at minimum Competition Coach Certification. “Free Agency” as allowed for the Brier and Tournament of Hearts is not allowed for this event. Players must be residents of BC and satisfy the member association guidelines.


With our current system, we would be sending a U17 team to the U18 Canadian Championship when we could have athletes one year older who could still be competing on behalf of BC.

By moving to a U18 Championship, this will provide our train to train athletes (age 13-17) an opportunity to participate in an annual national championship prior to competing in our U21 competition pathway.


The BC U18 qualification process will shift to a 5 regional based qualifying system. In the non-BC Winter Games years, this will result in 5 regional events as opposed to the 8 zone events we currently run for the BC Juvenile Championship.

By shifting from the BC Games Zones, we give athletes in all regions more options to play with teams located in different regions similar to Masters, Seniors and Mixed.



In remembrance: Former Curl BC executive director Ian Hennigar

By Rebecca Connop Price

Former Curl BC Executive Director Ian Hennigar has passed away after a battle with cancer.

The sports leader led operations at Curl BC from 2006 to 2008 before being recruited to head up Panorama Recreation in Victoria.

Ian passed away on Friday April 22, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Brenda, and their sons Reece, Andrew and Steven, and his beloved father Carl, (predeceased by his mother Jean), sons Jack and Riley, sister Carol (Tino), brother Terry, and brothers-in-law Dave (Zoe) and Les.

Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, Ian excelled in many sports including his beloved sport of speed skating before an injury ended his competitive days. Ian graduated with an Honours degree in Business and Sport Administration from Laurentian University.

Following university, Ian focused his passion, knowledge and skills on his coaching career in speed skating, achieving successes along the way coaching and mentoring numerous skaters to Olympic and World victories. It was during this time that Ian also took on the role of Executive Director at the Ontario Sport Alliance in Speed Skating for the next 22 years, where he continued to grow and develop sport and active living with his usual integrity, creativeness and commitment.

Recently, at the 2015 World Cup Speed Skating Championships, Ian was recognized and honoured for his outstanding success, contribution and positive impact on so many athletes, coaches and administrators. He was the first ever recipient of Speed Skating Canada’s President’s Commendation Award for outstanding contribution to the sport of Speed Skating for over 40 years.

After relocating to the Saanich Peninsula in 2004, Ian continued his success in his roles as Executive Director of Curl BC, and the Mary Winspear Centre, before finally being recruited to lead Panorama Recreation.

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Duncan’s curling project puts sweeping science to the test

By Rebecca Connop Price

Duncan Silversides with his project.

A competitive junior curler from Victoria has explored curling’s broom controversy as part of his science fair project.

Duncan Silversides, who was BC Junior Men’s Curling Champion in 2015, looked at how sweeping with different brooms affected the ice surface in order to determine just how much potential the various broom types have of affecting rock placement. He used a Smart Broom to ensure that his sweeping was as consistent as possible.

Duncan Silversides with his project.

Duncan, 17, was taking part in the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair held at the University of Victoria. He won second prize in the Senior Division for his work.

Duncan explained: “The purpose of this project was to find a way to measure how sweeping affects the ice, and quantify the difference between broom heads.”
The experiment tried to prove that it would be possible to measure the difference in broom heads, by comparing high resolution photographs of the ice before and after sweeping a rock with different types of brooms. It was repeated 10 times to show the impact of multiple rocks throughout a game.

Duncan said: “The image analysis software calculated a difference in the photos of the ice and found that rocks alone changed the surface -2%, the EQ head changed it -5%, and the Hardline broom (with insert) changed it -15%. Photo analysis did show that the ice changes as a result of sweeping the rocks, and that it is possible to measure those changes.”

Duncan concluded: “Curling rules already prohibit the use of equipment which damages the ice. This type of testing can be used to evaluate brooms and identify which brooms, if any, are damaging to the ice.”

To read Duncan’s full report, visit



Volunteers sought for 2017 Canadian Juniors in Victoria

By Rebecca Connop Price

The 2017 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships are being staged in Esquimalt – and volunteers are needed to help make the event a success

A page on the Curling Canada website has been set up for volunteer sign-ups. Please visit now if you would like to lend a hand.

The host committee, led by co-chairs Keith Dagg and Marilyn Kraeker, will be looking for approximately 200 volunteers.

Marilyn Kraeker said: “We look forward to showcasing Esquimalt in this fabulous event! Just think, 28 teams of young men and women, their parents, siblings, and probably grandparents will be coming to Victoria from January 20-30, 2017. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate in what is usually for most of us the longest month of the year!”



Three Governors at Large to be elected at AGM

By Rebecca Connop Price

Three new Governors at Large will be joining the Curl BC Board after elections at the AGM.

Anyone who wants to run for a Governor at Large position who had not already but their name forward to the board must be supported by three curling centres.

Every year at the Curl BC Annual General Meeting (AGM), Governor(s) at Large are elected. This year one Governor at Large will be elected for a one-year term, and two will be elected for two-year terms.

At our 2016 AGM, scheduled for June 11 in Burnaby, the Curl BC membership will elect three Governors to join with those elected from the Regions to sit on the nine-person Board.

Those looking to run for the board position should be individuals who are willing to help Curl BC dedicate itself to the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia.

An overview of Curl BC and the role of the Board and its Governors is available here:

If you are interested in pursuing this volunteer opportunity and require further information, please contact Paul Addison, Chair of the Curl BC Board of Governors at or Terry Vandale, Past Chair at

The deadline for submission of your candidacy is May 12, 2016, if you have the support of three curling centres.

To register for the AGM visit: