BC teams will be on home soil for Travelers

By Rebecca Connop Price

The two teams representing BC at the Travelers Curling Club Championships next month will be on home soil.

The Kelowna Curling Club will host the 14 men’s teams and 14 women’s teams competing in the national championships.

Both BC teams hail from the North Island after the region swept the BC Club Challenge in Richmond in April.

The BC Women’s Champions hail from Campbell River Curling Club and Comox Valley Curling Centre. The team is composed of Kim Jonsson, Lonnie Schopp, Mickey Colburn and Yvette Green.

The BC Men’s Champions hail from the Comox Valley Curling Centre. The team is composed of Ron Schmidt, Norm Coté, Craig Bernes and Darren Richards.

Ron Schmidt said: “We will wear our BC colours with great pride.

“We are so looking forward to playing in a week long event against competitive teams from across the country. I’m sure we’ll make new friends and enjoy the festivities and sportsmanship. We hear from past participants what a great event it always is. We are ready!”

Mickey Colburn said: “We’re looking forward to meeting other teams, exploring the area (if we have time) and to competing! It is very exciting to be representing BC!”
The Kelowna Curling Club will host the Championships from November 20-26, 2016. The eighth annual championship is sure to be a memorable one.

This event is the ultimate experience for club curlers and all provincial and territorial champions receive a championship banner to hang proudly in their home club.

Each year, the Travelers Curling Club Championship holds a contest for clubs to raise the most money in support of a great charity.

In 2016, the Travelers Curling Club Championship is raising money to support youth curling across Canada, through the Curling Canada Foundation.

There are great prizes to be won for the club that raises the most money. The top fundraising club will receive a cash grant of $6,000 for improvements to their club. There will also be four additional draws for $1,000 cash prizes for club improvements.

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Ambrosia Apples is sweet new sponsor of Curl BC

By Rebecca Connop Price


Curl BC is delighted to welcome Ambrosia Apples as a new sponsor.

The Ambrosia apple, which originated in the Similkameen Valley, is a British Columbia success story and Curl BC is delighted to be working to increase awareness of this apple.

The apple variety will become the Official Apple Supplier of Curl BC. As part of the agreement, Ambrosia Apples will have a presence at the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships, the 2017 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, and the 2017 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. A tasting booth at these events will give athletes and fans the opportunity to enjoy a healthy snack.

Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said: “We are very grateful for the support of Ambrosia Apples. The apples they will be providing will be a very popular addition to our events. We are also grateful for their financial support, which will help us with our efforts to continue to grow the sport in BC.”

The Ambrosia Apple has a unique story. A chance seedling at an orchard in Cawston, BC, produced such great fruit that the orchard workers flocked to the tree. The owners of the orchard, the Mennells, with the help of the Summerland Varieties Corp., (formerly PICO – Okanagan Plant Improvement Corporation) registered the new variety and took it to market. They named the bi-coloured apple variety “Ambrosia”, which in Greek mythology means “food of the gods”.

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10 BC teams to compete at Grand Slam in Cranbrook

By Rebecca Connop Price

Ten BC teams will be competing at the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in Cranbrook, a record for a Grand Slam event.

The event features 30 men’s teams and 30 women’s teams from around the globe competing in two tiers of action. The event runs Nov. 8-13 in Cranbrook.

Tier 2 games from round-robin play through to the semifinals will be held at Memorial Arena with the finals being played alongside the Tier 1 finals at Western Financial Place.

The only BC team set to compete in Tier 1 is Team Morris, featuring Jim Cotter, Tyrell Griffith, Rick Sawatsky and skip John Morris.

Nine BC teams will compete in Tier 2, giving them the chance to fast track their way into the elite ranks as the winners will receive guaranteed berths to the Meridian Canadian Open taking place Jan. 3-8, 2017, in North Battleford, Sask.

Fifteen men’s teams and 15 women’s teams will compete in the Tier 2 division. Ten men’s and women’s teams received invitations to the event based on their World Curling Tour total Order of Merit (OOM) ranking as of Oct. 3 after the Tier 1 division lineup had been finalized. In the event a team declined, the next-ranked team on the OOM received an invite. The remaining five men’s and five women’s teams were invited from within the region of the event.

The nine BC teams include, on the women’s side, defending BC champions Team Thompson, Team Mallett, Team Gushulak and Team Brown. On the men’s side, teams Tardi, Geall, Bilesky, Schneider and Joanisse will represent the region.

Tournament of Hearts finalist Krista McCarville and four-time world champion Glenn Howard are part of the Tour Challenge Tier 2 field.

The inaugural Tour Challenge was held a year ago on the opposite side of the country in Paradise, N.L. Jim Cotter defeated Mark Kean for the Tier 2 men’s title while Kerri Einarson topped Chantelle Eberle’s team in the Tier 2 women’s final. The victories vaulted Cotter and Einarson into Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series regulars and they both return to the Tour Challenge in the Tier 1 division.

Tickets are now available, visit thegrandslamofcurling.com/tickets for more details. Can’t make it to Cranbrook? Sportsnet will have you covered starting Nov. 10.

Click here to see the full TV schedule.

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