Four BC curlers win Curling Canada scholarships

By Rebecca Connop Price

Four BC curlers have won prestigious scholarships from Curling Canada.

Tyler Tardi, Megan Daniels, Daniel Wenzek and Sterling Middleton all won 2016 Curling Canada Foundation For The Love of Curling scholarships valued at $1,000.

A total of 10 scholarships were handed out across the nation with BC taking four of the 10 spots.

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.

Middleton, from Fort St John, was part of the gold-medal winning BC team, and alongside Tardi, won gold for Team Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016.

Wenzek, from Burnaby, was third for Team Tardi, and also skipped the team at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships (when Tardi was at the Youth Olympic Games). The team was named the 2016 Team of the Year at the Curl BC awards.

Middleton and Wenzek will both be attending Douglas College in September.

Megan Daniels is in her third year of history at Simon Fraser University with a minor in archaeology. Her team won the silver medal at the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

The $1,000 scholarships — funded by donations from curling fans and supporters of the Curling Canada Foundation — were introduced to help young university or college students cover a portion of their education and curling costs during the 2016-17 school year.

“Picking these 10 winners was both difficult and gratifying at the same time,” said Kathy Henderson, Curling Canada’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the selection committee. “There was an abundance of deep and diverse talent — student-athletes who excel not only on the ice and in the classroom, but also in their respective communities. Not that I had any doubt, but this process re-affirmed my belief that we have an amazing next generation of curlers coming up in our country.”

The Curling Canada Foundation philanthropic program was introduced during the 2013-14 season to help junior curling and to support curling centres in Canada. Last season, donors invested almost $400,000 in the sport of curling through Curling Canada’s Rocks & Rings programs, scholarships and grants to curling clubs.

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Registration is now open for 2016-17 playdowns

By Rebecca Connop Price

Take the first step on your way to a provincial championship by signing up for Curl BC playdowns.

Registration for all of our 2016-17 playdown events is now open.

Simply visit http://www.curlbc.ca/playdowns/ and click on your desired category.

New for this year, Curl BC will be running its first-ever BC U18 Curling Championship, instead of a U17 event. This is to bring our event in line with the new national U18 event.

Eligibility, berth allocation and the qualification process defers for each category.

Anyone with any questions can contact Shannon Aleksic at saleksic@curlbc.ca.

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Mixed Doubles teams urged to register for Olympic try-out

By Rebecca Connop Price

You have until November 25, 2016, to take the first step towards being an Olympian in the Mixed Doubles curling category.

Mixed Doubles will make its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, Korea, in 2018.

Leading up to that, all Canadian Mixed Doubles curlers will need to register to take part in the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials, taking place January 2-7, 2018.

Registration does not guarantee you a place in the Trials but it is a necessary step in the process.

Your team will be advised on November 1, 2017, whether or not you have qualified for the Trials.

Detailed information about the registration and qualification process has been released by Curling Canada in is available to view in the links below:

2018 Mixed Doubles Curling Information and Registration – Word Format

2018 Mixed Doubles Curling Information and Registration – PDF Format

As outlined in the document, each member of a team wanting to take part in the Mixed Doubles Trials will need to have entered and competed in, or will compete in, three (3) Curling Canada Sanctioned Mixed Doubles events from September 1, 2015, to October 31, 2017.

The list of upcoming Curling Canada Sanctioned Mixed Doubles events is:

Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic – Portage la Prairie – Sept 30 – October 3
Wall Grain Mixed Doubles Classic – Kimberley – Nov 14 – 16
Tentative Spiel – Brantford – Nov 25 – 27
Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship – Saskatoon – April 4 – 9
World Mixed Doubles Championship – Lethbridge – April 22 – 30

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Register for fall ice tech courses in Langley or Duncan

By Rebecca Connop Price

The 2016 Jet Ice Technician Program will be visiting the Langley Curling Club and the Duncan Curling Club in September.

Langley:
The Level 1 workshop will run Sept 10-11, 2016.
The Level 2 workshop will run Sept 8-11, 2016.

Duncan:
The Level 1 workshop will run Sept 24-25, 2016.
The Level 2 workshop will run Sept 22-25, 2016.

To register for either workshop click here: http://www.curlbc.ca/ice-technicians/ice-technician-courses/

Having trained and certified ice techs can be a great investment in your club, and is a real benefit to your members!

A Level 1 course lasts two days and contains information on all aspects of curling ice maintenance, such as using a scraper and burner, plus sweeping and pebbling techniques. There is an exam on the second day of the course.

• 50% theory, 50% practical
• club based
• passing grade of 70% on exam
• anyone can take the course

A Level 2 course is a four-day program, and includes a refrigeration segment, classroom instruction and ice installation. The prerequisites for Level 2 are Level 1 certification and two years experience as a curling club ice-maker.

For more details or to request your club host a workshop please contact Will Sutton or complete the form at this link: http://www.curlbc.ca/host-a-courseworkshop/.

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Help make curling a national sport by signing petition

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curling could soon be in the national spotlight in a big way if a new petition is successful.

The petition has been launched on the parliamentary website asking the federal government to amend the National Sports of Canada Act (S.C. 1994, c.14) to include curling (alongside Lacrosse and Hockey).

Curling is an iconic Canadian sport and Canada has the most Men’s and Women’s world championships, most Olympic medals in the sport, and more curlers than any other country in the world. It’s a no-brainer as far as we are concerned.

Please add your name to the petition so we can celebrate our sport with the rest of the nation!

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-456

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