Canadian Curling Association News

BC duo selected to represent Canada at the Youth Olympics

By Ellie Lambert

tardi middleton

Two junior curlers from BC have been picked to be part of Team Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

Tyler Tardi, from Surrey, and Sterling Middleton, who lives in Fort St. John, make up half of the Canadian curling team that will compete at the prestigious international event.

Both curlers represented BC earlier this year when they won bronze at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George where Tyler skipped the Men’s team and Sterling played third.

Speaking about the news, Tardi said: “I’m at a loss for words, it’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to wear the Maple Leaf and that dream has now come true.”

Middleton was equally excited, he said: “It’s an honour to be picked. I’m really happy because it was my goal for this year. So many people wanted to be chosen so it’s pretty special to make the team.

“I’m really looking forward to being on the team with Tyler as I think we meshed well together this year, so it will be great to curl with him again.”

The pair, who are both 16 years old, will be joined by Mary Fay and Karlee Burgess from Nova Scotia who were part of the team that took the Women’s silver at the Canada Winter Games.

Applications for the team were accepted from all Canadian players born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2001. As well as judging the applicants on their curling skill, the selection panel considered community leadership and academic experience.

BC was also represented at the 2012 Youth Olympics when Corryn Brown, from Kamloops, played third on the Canadian team that won bronze.

The 2016 Youth Olympics will take place in Lillehammer from February 12 – 21, 2016.



Be part of the 15th Annual Rick Cotter Junior Spiel

By Ellie Lambert

Entry is now open for the 15th Rick Cotter Junior Memorial Classic and it is set to be one of the biggest events yet.

The spiel, which will take place at Vernon Curling Club, was established by Rick whose dream it was to create one of the largest cashspiels in BC to allow junior teams to play other top teams and put some dollars into the team account.

Rick sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2005 but the spiel continues to go from strength-to-strength and, with Brier-quality ice and an impressive prize purse, it is now one of the most prestigious junior spiels in Canada.

This year, the organizing committee hopes to attract up to 40 different teams from across Western Canada and award prizes totaling $20,000.

In 2014, the Men’s event was won by Langley’s Team Tardi who beat a Japanese team in the final, whilst the Women’s title was taken by the Brown rink that went on to win bronze at the Canadian Junior Championships later in the season.

This year’s spiel promises to once again be a great opportunity for teams to test themselves against the best of the rest and experience a championship style atmosphere.

If you would like further information, including details of how you can enter, download the registration pack.



BC boys narrowly miss out on a medal at U18 Optimist International

By Ellie Lambert

Team McCrady

BC’s Team McCrady came extremely close to making the podium at the 2015 U18 Optimist International Championships but unfortunately had to settle to fourth.

The young rink, which consists of skip Matthew McCrady, third Zac Curtis, Liam Purgavie and lead Jacob Umbach, lost the bronze medal game against Quebec 4-3 after giving up a steal of one in an extra end.

Team McCrady, which curls out of Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, made a strong start to the Championships with victories against Alberta, Washington and New York which secured them a semi-final spot.

A loss to Ontario in the semi-final put them into a bronze medal match-up against Quebec.

The BC boys were trailing 2-0 after four ends but rallied in the second half of the game with a single and two steals to give them a 3-2 lead going into the eighth. Quebec then scored one to level the game at 3-3 and force an extra end. Whilst McCrady had hammer, their opposition was able to maintain their momentum and make a crucial steal to clinch the bronze.

Team McCrady was hampered by flu throughout the event and even had to use a spare to cover for Purgavie for three games, fortunately Andrew Taylor (who skipped Newfoundland at the Canada Winter Games and was at the event cheering on his sister) was willing to join the team.

In the Girls event, BC was represented by the Lower Mainland’s Team Drexel who finished tenth.

Skip Heather Drexel, and her team of third Sarah Loken, second Bailey Burke, lead Catera Park and fifth Kylie Karoway, won games against Japan and Northwest Territories on their way to securing the tenth spot.

Both Team McCrady and Team Drexel had won the right to represent the province by winning the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Championships in Lake Cowichan at the beginning of March.

To view all the results from the U18 Optimist International, visit the Curling Zone website.