BC’s best young curlers will descend on Royal City Curling Club

By Rebecca Connop Price

A worldwide audience will be able to catch the action at the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster when it is livestreamed on January 1.

The championships, which will take place from December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017, are for Junior Men and Junior Women curlers aged under 21.

People around the world will be able to watch the event live thanks to Curl BC’s partnership with viaSport. Livestreaming of the event will take place on the final day of the event (January 1, 2017).

A broadcast schedule and a link to the streaming page will be published in the coming months.

The event will decide which two BC teams (Men and Women) will head to the 2017 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in Esquimalt from January 21-29, 2017.

Royal City Curling Club is the home club for many past and defending BC champions, including Team Tardi, the defending BC Junior Men’s Champions, defending BC Junior Women’s Champions Sarah Daniels, Megan Daniels and Dezaray Hawes, and Team McCrady, the defending BC Winter Games Juvenile Men’s Champions. Among the former champions of BC calling the club home is former BC Men’s champions Andrew Bilesky and Steve Kopf (2013). The six-sheet club is popular with competitive curlers because of its elite leagues and quality ice.

Nancy Stagg, co-chair of the host committee for the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships, said: “It’s an auspicious year for the Royal City Curling Club as we have the honour of hosting these championship games the same year as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We know there will be some great curling as each team puts their training and determination to the test. Come be part of the excitement. Plan to be a fan.”

Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a great host committee in New Westminster and we know they will help put on a great event for the best young curlers in BC. We encourage all curling fans to mark their calendar for this event – it is a great chance to see some of our sport’s rising stars.”

Royal City Curling Club is a six-sheet facility with catering, a pro-shop and upstairs lounge. The club has approximately 1,000 regular curlers participating in over 28 leagues and programs.

Most berths still up for grabs as final Junior Tour date looms

The points race is heating up as the final BC Junior Curling Tour event looms near.

On the Junior Women’s side, Team Brown, of Kamloops, sits at the top of the standings with 181 points, but Team Daniels is close behind, with 180.

The final BC Junior Curling Tour event for this tour takes place in Esquimalt from Nov. 11-13. The teams with the most points on the tour from each gender earn a berth to the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships.

Corryn Brown’s rink featuring Marika Van Osch, Dezaray Hawes and Samantha Fisher pulled into first place after securing 100 points at the recent Rick Cotter Memorial Classic, held in Vernon. The team also earned $2,200 at the spiel.

The team beat the Daniels rink of Sarah Daniels, Sarah Loken, Megan Daniels and Sydney Brilz in the final to take the points windfall.

The two teams will have to look out for Team Harvey (Vernon) and Team Drexel (Coquitlam/Cloverdale/Chilliwack), who could move into the top of the table if things go well for them at Esquimalt.

On the junior men’s side, Team Kiss, from Royal City Curling Club, have all but secured their berth.

The team were winners from the Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Cashspiel, and got points from two other spiels, giving them 204 points in total.

Unless registration at the Esquimalt event increases to more than 8 teams on the junior men’s side (which would increase points availability) Jordan Kiss, Travis Cameron, Nicholas Umbach and Derek Chandler have secured a berth at the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships.

Team Tardi took the most points at the Rick Cotter Memorial Classic in Vernon. However, it was the team’s first win on the tour so the team now stands in second place with 170 points. The team of Tyler Tardi, Sterling Middleton, Jordan Tardi and Nicholas Meister, are the defending BC champions.

Team Wilson with 142 points and Team McCrady with 130 have the chance to overtake Team Tardi at Esquimalt.

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Curlers can learn from top sports psychologist

By Rebecca Connop Price

The Curl BC High Performance Program is excited to be hosting its second workshop with Clinical Psychologist Dr. David Cox.

Dr. Cox, an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychology at SFU, will be giving an in-depth presentation where he will share his expertise on the mental aspects of sport and enhancing your performance. Dr. Cox last led a session with the Curl BC HP Program in 2014 and it was very well received.

Over the past 25 years he has served as a sports psychologist for many of Canada’s provincial and national sports organizations and for athletes at both the amateur and professional level.

Dr. Cox has been involved with curling for a number of years and brings a unique perspective of best mental practices for our sport.

Date: Sat, Nov 19th, 2016
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Abbotsford Curling Club, 2555 McMillan Rd, Abbotsford, BC

Please click on the link below to register and secure your space by November 14th.


This session is Free to all Curl BC High Performance Program athletes and coaches. It is also open to others outside of the program at a charge of $20/person + tax.

We are looking forward to hearing Dr. Cox speak again! You won’t want to miss it!

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2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts headed to Penticton

By Rebecca Connop Price

Penticton will welcome Canada’s best women’s curling teams to the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

The 2018 Canadian Women’s Curling Championship will be played Jan. 27-Feb. 4 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, B.C.

“There was a great deal of interest from across the country in hosting the 2018 Scotties, but the bid from Penticton raised the bar and made our decision relatively easy,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “The South Okanagan will put on a great show, not only for the curlers and their families, but also for curling fans from across Canada, and I’m confident this will be an event remembered for years to come.”

While it’ll be the first time Penticton has played host to the Scotties, the South Okanagan Events Centre — seating approximately 5,000 and home to the B.C. Hockey League’s Penticton Vees — is no stranger to major curling events. The arena hosted the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup, won by Team North America.

“Penticton has a rich history for hosting large-scale events and having the Scotties in February 2018 will provide the community with significant impact, both socially and economically,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “We are proud to play host to this national event and welcome the top female curlers, their families, and fans.

It will be another opportunity to showcase our wonderful facilities, beautiful region, and warm friendly community.”

“This is truly exciting news not just for curling but for the entire region to host an event of this stature that will attract many new visitors as well as help increase the profile of the South Okanagan,” added Penticton MLA Dan Ashton.

The 2018 Scotties will have a 16-team field for the first time in the history of the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship. The expanded field is being utilized as a pilot after the format was approved at Curling Canada’s Annual Meetings this past summer in Cornwall, Ont.

The field will feature the 14 provincial/territorial champions of Curling Canada’s Member Associations, along with defending champion Team Canada. The qualifying process for the 16th team is still being determined and will be announced later.

While more teams will be competing, the Scotties will be played over its traditional nine-day, 22-draw schedule, using a two-pool, two-stage round-robin format similar to that used at the Canadian Juniors and Canadian Mixed championships.

“I couldn’t be happier to see the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts coming to the Okanagan,” said two-time Scotties champ Kelly Scott of West Kelowna, B.C. “As a player, the Scotties holds a special place in my heart, and as a proud resident of the Okanagan area, I know the 2018 Scotties will be a success, both on and off the ice. This will be a wonderful experience for the community, athletes, volunteers and fans.”

“Having the Scotties Tournament of Hearts back in beautiful B.C. is a testament to the passion of our province’s curling community,” added Scott Braley, Chief Executive Officer of Curl B.C. “Penticton’s bid committee has been working hard for months now, and I’m really happy to see their efforts pay off with today’s announcement.”

The 2018 Scotties will mark the 37th consecutive year of Kruger Products’ title sponsorship of the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship, which is among the longest-running partnerships in Canadian sports.

“Kruger Products is pleased to see the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts return to British Columbia, this time to Penticton,” said Nancy Marcus, Corporate Vice President Marketing at Kruger Products. “We are thrilled to continue our proud support of women’s curling as 2018 will mark our 37th year as sponsor of the national and provincial women’s championships. All of us at Kruger Products are delighted to support the extraordinary women of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and to return to British Columbia, which passionately embraces this great sport.”

There’s no shortage of perks that will go to the winning team at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Most immediately, the Canadian champs will go on to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2018 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, March 17-25 on home ice (Canadian host city TBA).

As well, the Scotties champs will be part of Team North America at the 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup, and will return as Team Canada to the 2019 Scotties.

“We had such a wonderful time hosting the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup at the South Okanagan Events Centre, and we knew we wanted to bring another major curling event to Penticton as soon as possible,” said Kim Kirkham, Vice-Chair of the host committee. “Our team was ecstatic to get the call from Curling Canada, and we are ready to get to work and make the 2018 Scotties an amazing event.”

TSN/RDS, the official broadcast partner of Curling Canada’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the 2018 Scotties, from the opening round-robin draw to the gold-medal game.

Tickets for the 2018 Scotties will go on sale early in 2017.

The 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts is scheduled for Feb. 18-26 in St. Catharines, Ont. The winner of the 2017 Scotties will be Team Canada a year later in Penticton.

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Team Craig heads to nationals with experience under their belts

By Rebecca Connop Price

Top curlers from across Canada will be in Nova Scotia for the 2017 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships.

The BC team of Wes Craig, Kesa Van Osch, Miles Craig and Marika Van Osch will be vying for the title of Canadian Mixed Champions.

The team has a combined total of 93 years curling experience, and that experience includes stints at a Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Kesa Van Osch), the Canadian Junior Women’s Championship (Kesa and Marika Van Osch), the Canadian Mixed and Senior Championships (Wes Craig) and the Canadian Junior Men’s Championship (Miles Craig).

The team hails from Nanaimo and Shawnigan Lake and are representing Nanaimo Curling Centre and Kerry Park Curling Club.

Fourteen teams representing every province and territory will be competing in Yarmouth from Sunday, Nov. 13 to Saturday, Nov. 19.

The opening draws will be played at 7 p.m. Atlantic Time on Sunday night (Nov. 13).
From Monday through to Friday, draws are scheduled every day for 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

This will be the first time Yarmouth has hosted a national curling championship. Allwright said he expects the curlers will get a warm welcome to the area and will have fun in Yarmouth’s roaming patch zone.

More information on the Mixed Curling Championships is available online at http://www.curling.ca/2017mixed.

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Learn to curl with a stick at Golden Ears event

By Rebecca Connop Price


The Golden Ears Winter club in Maple Ridge is hosting a learn to stick curl clinic in December.

Whether you are new to curling, or just new to stick curling, you will learn the best stick curling techniques with Curl BC coach Karen Watson. The event is open to those who use a wheelchair for mobility.

The event goes ahead at the Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge on Friday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stick & Wheelchair Curling Clinic (10 a.m. to noon):
•Learn how to deliver a curling stone using a stick from either seated or standing position
•For those curlers who can hold a stick independently & good upper body strength

Supported Wheelchair Curling Clinic (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
•Learn how to curl from a seated position, using a stick for delivery
•For those curlers who need support to hold the stick and minimal upper body strength

Register at http://www.curlbc.ca/curling-20/golden-ears-winter-club-stick-curling-clinic-registration/.

A man and woman curling in a wheelchair

For more information call Penny Bartel 604-333-3620 or email pbartel@curlbc.ca.

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