Richmond win PIC in front of home crowd

By Rebecca Connop Price

Nanaimo skip Bart Sawyer and Vancouver skip Andrew Forrest. Picture by Yadranka Thompson.

By Mike Hanafin

For the first time in the Pacific International Cup’s 18-year history, a Richmond team won a championship at their home club!

Richmond’s Kim Dennis took the women’s title with an 8-3 win over Nevada.

The team with Skip Kim Dennis, Third Heather Beatty, Second Dawn Mesana, and lead Jenn Gauthier were also crowned BC Club Champions and are heading to the Travelers Canadian Club Curling Championship this November in Kingston, Ontario.

The BC Women’s finals saw Richmond beat Comox Valley 7-2 in front of large home-club crowd. A tight game was turned on its head in the 4th end–Richmond stole 5 after Comox Valley skip Val Schultz threw her last rock draw too deep against 5. Richmond
In the women’s PIC final against Nevada, the teams swapped points with hammer until the 7th end, when Richmond stole one to take a crucial two-point lead.

Nevada went all-out to score 2 in the final end, but their last shot was a bit wide and Richmond stole 3 more to clinch the win.

In the BC Men’s final, Nanaimo won their 8th straight game and earned their trip to Kingston. But it wasn’t easy, edging Vancouver 4-3. Nanaimo Skip Bart Sawyer jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Vancouver managed to fight back and keep it close, stealing one in the 7th end to get within one, and forcing a ‘nervous 8th’ end for Nanaimo. Sawyer, Third Steve Waatainen, Second Craig Burton, and Lead Keith Clarke are also on their way to Kingston to represent B.C. in November.

The men’s PIC final was a battle of undefeated teams— Washington and Nanaimo, both with 8 straight wins. Washington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, thanks in part to a pickedrock on Nanaimo Skip Bart Sawyer’s last rock in the fourth end. Nanaimo battled back to tie it 3-3 after 6, but Washington executed a near-perfect 7th to score 3, and ran Nanaimo out of rocks in the final end for 6-3 win.

The PIC is one of the premier curling events in the world for the development of the sport at the grass-roots level. Only true “club” teams are eligible. It provides B.C. club champions, American state club champions, and international club curling teams with an opportunity to showcase their skills, while fostering the social traditions of the game.

The PIC also raises money for the event’s official charity: Spinal Cord Injury BC. Many thanks go to the generosity of the participating curlers and sponsors who contributed prizes to

Saturday’s silent auction, which raised a total of $7,410!

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Team Dennis with their trophy. Picture by Yadranka Thompson.
Team Dennis from Richmond Curling Centre.
Team Shultz from Comox Valley against Richmond's Team Dennis.
Team Sawyer in action.
Team Washington against Team Sawyer in the PIC final.
Team Sawyer with their BC Club Challenge banner.
Team Washington with the PIC trophy.

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Two membership options in 2017-18

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curling Canada has developed a program that has been designed to help clubs manage their registration, as well as collect league fees and deduct Curl BC and Curling Canada fees all at once.

The program is called Curling Inside/Outside (Curling I/O). It is scheduled to be rolled out in May.

The simplest way to describe the program is that it is a website that curling centres can use so that their curlers can sign up for leagues and other events like bonspiels as well as pay fees in one spot. The website is designed to be able to handle the varied ways that curling centres manage their registration.

This information is then stored in a secure database which the curling centre can then access for their centre’s business. The fees then automatically go to the club (whatever they charge for league play etc) and to Curl BC ($15) and to Curling Canada ($2).

Curling Canada’s $2 per curler individual membership fee replaces a club fee that was previously collected from Curl BC based on the number of sheets a curling facility used.

The existing per-sheet system has had an abundance of problems, not the least of which is that it is inconsistent with Sport Canada’s requirements for a National Sports Organization, and it makes Curling Canada one of the very few, if not ONLY, National Sports Organization that does not collect individual member data.

So, those are Curling Canada and Curl BC’s reasons for needing to switch to the individual membership fee. But the benefits to your clubs are just as important as we continue to work together to build our great game.

For instance:

  • Under the existing system, Curl BC members have no way of seeing how the money they pay is being divided. The new system will show how their club fees are split between Curling Canada, Curl BC and elsewhere. It will be a transparent transaction.
  • When curlers register, their information is secure. Full stop. Firewalls will be in place to ensure that individual curler information remains within their curling club and goes no further. But the general data — the key information that shows demographic trends in age, ethnicity, rate of participation — will be used by us and our government funding partners to plan around, as well as for, those trends, to make sure curling continues to grow at a healthy pace.
  • While the way a fee is collected will change, your club will continue to receive the same benefits from Curl BC and Curling Canada, supporting club and membership development, technical and coaching resources, national marketing of the sport and the highly successful Season of Champions television product.

And please don’t forget one key fact: We have worked with Curling Canada to keep our national membership fees low. They are currently the lowest national membership fees in Canada.

The Curling I/O program has a lot of potential and Curl BC would like to encourage clubs to use it. However, we are aware that it may not be practical for all clubs to switch to this new system in 2017-18.

Therefore, the Curl BC Board has agreed that, beginning in 2017-18, BC curling clubs will have two options for affiliating with Curl BC and Curling Canada.

Option 1 – Club processes all of its curlers through Curling I/O – Curling Registration & Management System

  • Individual curlers at these clubs will have the following amounts deducted at source when they register:

o $15 to Curl BC ($8 for curlers in introductory 8-10 week programs)

o $2 to Curling Canada

  • These clubs will not have to pay a separate membership fee to Curl BC.
  • Individuals will only have to pay Curl BC/Curling Canada fees once even if they play at more than one club.

Option 2 – Club assessed based on its 2017-18 registrations #s (no longer based on previous year)

  • The fee for these clubs will be based on their current year’s registration as follows:

o # of regular curlers * $15

o # of introductory curlers * $8

  • This fee will have to be paid in two installments as follows:

o By Dec. 1st: 80% based on the club’s previous year’s (2016/17) registration numbers

o By Feb. 15: Net difference of total fee for the 2017/18 membership year less December’s first installment

Curling Canada’s goal is to have all facilities adopt Curling I/O by the 2018-19 curling season. More details about the system be released when the program is officially rolled out.

For facilities choosing Option 2, the Affiliation and Reporting Page contains sample forms and more details about reporting:

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Four teams get performance incentive funding

By Rebecca Connop Price

Four BC curling teams have successfully secured performance incentive funding from Curl BC.

The top two adult teams from each gender who signed up for the Tier 1 and Tier 1A High Performance Program were all eligible to receive the funding – but only if they were successful in achieving a certain ranking on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) list. The list ranks curlers from across Canada, not just the teams in BC. The deadline to collect points was December 1, 2016.

This is the first year that Curl BC has offered performance incentive funding.

The four teams to achieve the funding were Team Morris, Team Joanisse, Team Thompson and Team Gushulak.

On the men’s side, Team Morris, who ranked seventh on the CTRS list by the December deadline received $6,000. Team Joanisse, who ranked 25th overall received $3,000.

On the women’s side, Team Thompson achieved a ranking of 13th overall to be eligible for $3,000. Team Gushulak received $1,000 because of their 28th position on the list.

Melissa Soligo, Provincial Coach and High Performance Director, said: “We are extremely pleased to offer this funding to teams who have had strong performances this season. We hope that these teams and all competitive teams will continue to make use of the great resources provided by the High Performance Program, which have undoubtedly helped teams improve this season.”

To find out how your team could be eligible for performance incentive funding, visit

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Teams invited to apply for High Performance Program

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC is now accepting team applications for the upcoming 2017-18 High Performance (HP) Program. There will be two levels of programming – High Performance Elite/Next Generation (HPE/NG) and High Performance Development (HPD).

Curl BC is excited about this new undertaking and we want to partner with teams committed to achieving excellence. More importantly, we want to affiliate with teams who are willing to invest in themselves. In order to be the best, teams must be willing to train and compete at the same level or higher than the top teams in Canada.

The deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.

For the second year in a row, Curl BC will be offering performance incentive funding to teams involved in the program.

The top two men’s and the top two women’s teams in the program will receive athlete training and competition funding. This will be determined by your ranking.

  • If a team finishes in the top 35 of the 2017/18 CTRS List as of December 1, 2017, they will receive $1000
  • If a team finishes in the top 25 of the 2017/18 CTRS List as of December 1, 2017, they will receive $3000
  • If a team finishes in the top 15 of the 2017/18 CTRS List as of December 1, 2017, they will receive $6000

Performance Incentive Funding will be awarded by April 15, 2018, at the latest, but, if resources allow, this funding will be awarded to teams in December 2017.

For more information about the program, and the application process, click here:

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Team Tardi wins bronze, BC skips win sportsmanship awards

By Rebecca Connop Price

Team Tardi’s U18 team has returned from Moncton with bronze medals.

The team of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Derek Chandler and lead Scott Gray, made history when they got a podium finish at the first-ever Canadian U18 Curling Championships that were held in Moncton April 17 to 22.

The team finished undefeated at the top of their pool and advanced to the championship pool where they only lost one game – against Northern Ontario’s Team Horgan.

The team, coached by Paul Tardi, then had to get past Team Horgan to progress to the gold medal game. Unfortunately Team Horgan, who went on to win gold, were able to get another win.

It put Team Tardi in the bronze medal game where they faced Saskatchewan’s Team Kleiter, winning 6-4 and securing the bronze medal.

To put the icing on the cake in what has been a fantastic season for Tyler Tardi, the skip was also awarded the sportsmanship award by his peers, along with fellow BC skip Heather Drexel. In addition, Middleton and Chandler each won Second Team All Star awards for their positions (meaning they had the second highest percentages when it came to shot-making out of the entire field) and Paul Tardi was awarded a fair play coaching award by the officials.

Team Drexel won two games in a row to start the event but was unable to find winning form after that, ending the tournament with a 2-6 win-loss record.

The team was composed of Drexel, Everly Royea, Washington Reimer, Madeline Britz and coaches Al Smith and Ken Britz.

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