Only one more week to register for Americas Masters Games

By Rebecca Connop Price

Act now to get your spot in the inaugural Americas Masters Games. Entry for the Games, being held in Vancouver from August 27 to Sept. 4, closes at midnight on July 30.


  • Curling takes place at Vancouver Curling Club
  • 3 categories – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed
  • All categories are 50+
  • Men’s and Women’s run from Aug. 27-31
  • Mixed runs Sept. 1-4
  • There is only daytime play (8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Event format is triple knockout with page playoff
  • Three games minimum
  • Cost of $225 per participant includes chance to play in either Men’s or Women’s PLUS Mixed
  • Targeted entry limits in the three events are:
    • 16 – Men’s 50+
    • 16 – Women’s 50+
    • 8 – Mixed

There are still spaces available but – with only two weeks till the deadline – you will need to Hurry Hard to get your entry in.

If the target entry volume is reached, access for entry will be closed but those interested in being on a waiting list will be given that opportunity. If on the waiting list payment will not be required until or unless you advance from the waiting list to fill a spot.

Please be sure every curler you know aged 50+ is aware of the Americas Masters Games and the entry deadline.

For further information about the Americas Masters Games, visit

Information about curling can be found at

Register as an individual or a team here

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Two BC athletes win Spirit of Sandra junior scholarships

By Rebecca Connop Price

Two BC curlers have been selected as ‘Spirit of Sandra Schmirler’ Junior Scholarship winners.

Tyler Tardi from Surrey and Megan Daniels from Delta are both recipients of $5,000 scholarships which they will use towards post-secondary education.

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has awarded six $5,000 scholarships to junior curlers, with the remaining four going to juniors in other provinces.
All scholars will benefit from mentoring by world champion curlers, Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham.

Tyler Tardi, who skipped his BC team to a gold medal at provincials and a bronze medal at nationals, will be attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Business Entrepreneurial Leadership program. He was named 2016 Curl BC Curl BC Junior Male Athlete. Along with Sterling Middleton, Mary Fay, and Kylie Burgess, his team won a gold medal at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. Tyler volunteers for BC Special Olympics, the BC Senior Games and BC Children’s Hospital.

Megan Daniels is in her third year of history at Simon Fraser University with an archaeology major. Her team won the silver medal at the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. Megan’s dream is to someday represent Canada at the Olympics. She is a Certified Club Coach and has volunteered at Delta Thistle Curling Club for seven years.

Spirit of Sandra scholarships are financed through non-receipted funds collected at Crowd Sweeps across Canada. Each of the Scholars will organize a fundraising event in their own community. Scholars will then have the opportunity to award a $10,000 gift to a hospital of their choice to purchase life-saving equipment for their Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The Scholars will come together for the first time at a camp in Winnipeg this summer that will be hosted by Jon and Cathy, who are also volunteer Directors on the Board of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

“Cathy and I are honoured to mentor these curlers who truly have remarkable talents and abilities. The application process is rigorous and these six junior curlers excel both in curling and at school plus they all actively volunteer in their own communities”, said Jon Mead. “We are delighted to continue to help these young athletes reach for the stars, and realize their full potential”, added Cathy Overton-Clapham.

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Curl BC plans first U18 provincial championships

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC’s first U18 Curling Championships will take place in Nanaimo in 2017.

The event replaces the previously planned U17 event. The changes bring the provincial competition in line with changes at the national level.

Instead of holding a provincial juvenile U17 event every second year (in non-BC Winter Games Years), Curl BC will host these U18 championships on an annual basis. This change is taking place because of the decision at the Curling Canada AGM to create an annual Canadian U18 Championships.

The Nanaimo competition will take place March 16-19, 2017, with the national event scheduled for April at a location to be announced.

Playdowns for the BC U18 Championships will switch from eight zones to five inter-regional events as outlined below.

A separate juvenile competition will continue to take place in even years (2018, 2020, 2022 etc) using the BC Games Zones. A representative from each zone will go to the BC Winter Games. 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 as of June 30th. Each team will be comprised of four (4) males plus (1) coach or four (4) females plus (1) coach. Teams may designate a fifth player for BC competitions only. Fifth players are not permitted at the national event. The coach will have at minimum Competition Coach Certification. Players must be residents of BC and satisfy the member association guidelines. “Free Agency” as allowed for the Brier and Tournament of Hearts is not allowed.

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Two new board members join Curl BC for 2016-17

By Rebecca Connop Price

Two new board members have joined Curl BC following the 2016 AGM.

Dale Gregory joined the board after members from the Lower Mainland (Region 11) chose him to sit on the board as a regional Governor for a two-year term. Dale is the President of the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association and a member of the Coquitlam Curling Club.

Another new Curl BC Governor, Michelle Ramsay, was elected to an initial one-year term. Michelle is a former competitive curler and a volunteer coach in girls’ softball. She is also a marketing professional with BCLC.

Michelle is now a Governor at Large, alongside Peter Muir and Jan Mori, who were re-elected to those positions. They were all named to the board when they ran for the positions unopposed at the Curl BC AGM on Saturday, June 11.

Peter Muir has been vice chair of Curl BC for the past two years. He is also the Treasurer of the Port Moody Curling Club and an active member of Curl BC’s Region 11 group. Jan Mori, who is a Past Chair of the BC Ladies Curling Association and former Secretary of Curl BC’s Board, returned to Curl BC’s Board last year and chairs Curl BC’s philanthropy committee.

The Curl BC Board is also welcoming the return of George Horner, from Penticton, who was re-elected by Regions 3, 4 and 7 to sit on the Board for two years as a regional governor.

Curl BC thanks Deborah Pound from Region 11 for her service to curling in BC. Deborah, a member of the Marpole Curling Club in Vancouver, was on the board for four years, and will step away from the board because she has just completed her third successive term which is now the maximum allowed.

Following the AGM, the board members re-elected Paul Addison to chair the board. The existing vice chairs were also re-elected – with Peter Muir and George Horner filling those positions.

The board for the 2016-17 season can be viewed at

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BC Men’s Curling Championship to become 12-team event

By Rebecca Connop Price

Changes will be coming to the 2017 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

For the first time, the event will feature 12 men’s teams fighting for the opportunity to represent British Columbia at the Tim Hortons Brier.

The event was previously a 16-team competition.

The changes were unanimously approved by the Curl BC Board of Governors at the June board meeting.

The 12 teams will play a modified triple knockout with a four-team page playoff.

The 2017 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place in Abbotsford, BC, from February 8 to 12. The winner will go on to compete at the Tim Hortons Brier in St John’s, Newfoundland, from March 4-12.

The twelve teams shall qualify as follows:
• Eight berths to five inter-regional playdowns held in Regions 1 & 2; Regions 3, 4 & 7, Regions 5 & 6; Regions 8, 9 & 10; or Region 11. The eight berths will be prorated based on the total number of entries with the proviso that each inter-regional playdown must have at least two entries to receive a berth (no direct entries will be allowed to provincials).
• One berth to an “Open Qualifying Event” to alternate annually between the Lower Mainland and Thompson/Okanagan.
• The previous year’s BC Champion is eligible to receive an automatic berth into the BC Championships provided that at least three of the four provincially registered players are returning as part of that team. If the previous year’s BC champion is not eligible, this berth shall be reallocated to the “Open Qualifying Event”.
• The top two BC teams in the CTRS teams as determined by points accrued from Nov. 30 of the previous season to Dec. 1 of the current season, including any events in progress as of Dec. 1 provided that the high point teams are ranked in the top 50 in Canada in the current CTRS rankings or have competed in a minimum of four CTRS events. In the case where there are not four CTRS events in BC, teams would only be required to compete in a minimum of three CTRS events in order to be eligible to receive the spot.

CTRS points earned at regional, provincial and national events will not be counted towards the BC Provincial CTRS berth.

Similar to last season, teams competing in the men’s category are permitted to have one “free agent” – one team member who is not a resident of British Columbia. However, all remaining team members must be a resident of BC by September 1 of the year proceeding the championship season – Sept. 1, 2016 for the 2016-17 season.

The format of the Tim Hortons Brier is also changing, but the changes won’t come into effect until 2018. See for more details about format changes at the national level.

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