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Tell us about your curling heroes!

By Rebecca Connop Price

The curling heroes in your community can get star treatment at a Curl BC Awards Banquet this summer.

The 2018 Curl BC Awards and associated banquet will take place in June. The winners will be treated to a meal and will be given the opportunity to say a few words and mingle with friends from the BC curling community.

If you know of someone who has had an extraordinary year, or who has been a tireless supporter of the sport in your community, make sure you tell Curl BC about it. Nominations close on March 31, 2018.

Our Annual Curl BC Awards are a great way to give these heroes special recognition and to say a big “thank you”.

Simply visit the Curl BC Annual Awards Page to make your nominations.

The winners will be selected by the Curl BC awards committee, made up of Curl BC board members and athletes, from the nominated individuals and teams and the winners will then be invited to the banquet.

For the 2017-18 season, awards will be given out for Team of the Year, 50+ Team of the Year, U21 Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Official of the Year and Adaptive Curling Team/Athlete Award.

There are also awards for Sponsor and Curling Centre of the Year and Long Service Awards for Club Volunteer, Builder, Long Service Volunteer, Youth & Jr. Curling Program Volunteer.

There is also Friendship Award and Customer Service Award.

Visit to nominate.

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Senior competition gets underway in Enderby and Duncan

By Rebecca Connop Price

Competition will be fierce among the 50+ age group when play gets underway at the 2018 BC Senior Curling Championships.

For the first time, the men’s and women’s provincials are being held separately, with the men playing at Duncan Curling Club and the women playing at Enderby Curling Club. The 2018 BC Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships start today and wrap up on Feb. 25, 2018.

The event in Enderby is an 8-team round robin with a three-team playoff.

The event in Duncan is a 10-team round robin with a three-team playoff.

In women’s play, Team Noble features a strong line-up with national and world curling experience. Lynne Noble (who won the BC seniors titles in 2011 and 2017), Penny Shantz (who helped Canada win a gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, when curling made its Games debut as a demonstration sport), Colleen Robson (2017 seniors champ) and Karen Lepine (2015 national masters champion), represent Cloverdale, Comox, Langley, Parksville and Qualicum curling clubs. They are being coached by seven-time BC Men’s champion Jim Cotter.

There are other rinks with some big names. Team Anderson from Kelowna has world champion Gerry Richard as a coach, while Team Cowan from Royal City and Cloverdale proved they are a force to be reckoned with this season by scoring two 8-enders in a space of less than three months. Team Anderson features skip Karen Anderson, third Susan Moran, second Janelle Cheyne, lead Janis Page and coach Gerry Richard. Team Cowan features skip Shiella Cowan, third Donna Langlands, second Crystal Murray, lead Victoria Murphy and coach Joanne Mick.

Team Jenkins features skip Sandra Jenkins, third Kate Horne, second Wendy Cseke, lead Carol Murray and coach Darryl Horne.

Team Jones from Chilliwack and Hope curling clubs features skip Kelly Jones, third Debbie McKinney, second Rosalee Floyd, lead Pattie Desjardins and fifth Natalie Lowe.

Team Roemer from Delta, Cloverdale and Tunnel Town curling clubs features skip Lynda Roemer, third Terri Walker, second Karen VanOs, lead Patti Mackintosh and coach Marion McNeill.

Team Thompson from Richmond and Vancouver curling clubs features skip Yadranka Thompson, third Jane Graham-Smith, second Pat Upper and lead Sandy Tong.
Team Bulleid from Terrace features skip Lisa Bulleid, third Kathy Simpson, second Joan Kucharyshen, lead Nancy Ross and fifth Cheryl Wyatt.

In senior men’s play, the 2017 BC Senior Men’s Champions, Team Lepine, return with an unchanged lineup. Team Lepine, representing Cloverdale, Langley, Penticton and Vancouver features skip Craig Lepine, third Stan Walker, second Craig McLeod and lead Mike Pelech. Lepine went to the Brier in 1990.

Team Mellof of Kelowna and Team Longworth of Vernon qualified at the Okanagan playdowns. Team Mellof features skip Dave Mellof, third Gary Brucker, second Shaun Everest and lead Keith Anderson. The team has national competition experience, with Dave Mellof having played in the Brier in 1999 with Bert Gretzinger and Bob Ursel.

Meanwhile, Team Sieg from Langley featuring skip Lyle Sieg, third Fred Cleutinx, second Carl Lebreche and lead Kevin Jeannotte, has international experience. Lyle Sieg is a former USA senior world champion (2015). Team Macdonald from Richmond and Peace Arch features fourth Richard Brower, third Paul Dunkin, second Deryk Brower and lead Larry Macdonald, who is calling the shots. Team Wright from Kelowna, Royal City, Delta and Comox curling clubs features skip Steve Wright, third Ron Schmidt, second Brett Kury and lead Ernie Daniels.

Team Longworth from Vernon features skip Mark Longworth, third Dean Mackney, second Greg Hamilton and lead Ron McDougall.

Team Nichol, of Castlegar, features skip Myron Nichol, third Bill vanYzerloo, second Garry Beaudry and lead Richard Faunt.

Team Sutton, from Victoria Curling Club, features skip Denis Sutton, third Keith Kresse, second Jeff Burrell and lead Bob Coulombe.

Team Craig from the Glen Harper Curling Centre at Duncan Curling Club features skip Wes Craig, third Gerald Poelman, second Tony Anslow, lead Victor Gamble and coach Roselyn Craig.

Team Vanderstar from Smithers features skip Ron Vanderstar, third Trevor Sandberg, second Leonard Vanderstar and lead Greg Campbell.

For the full team rosters, linescores and schedules for the Enderby event, visit

For the full team rosters, linescores and schedules for the Duncan event, visit

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Championship rosters expand after Mixed and Mixed Doubles playdowns

By Rebecca Connop Price

Rosters have started to fill up for the 2018 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship and the 2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

Mixed Doubles curling playdowns in Courtenay and Nelson saw a total of five teams qualify for the Mixed Doubles provincials in Cranbrook. Meanwhile, Mixed curling playdowns in Richmond saw four teams qualify for Mixed provincials, which will also be held in Richmond.

The 2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which features two curlers, a male and female, playing with six rocks in an eight-end format, will go ahead at Cranbrook Curling Centre from Mar. 6-11. This is the same format that recently debuted at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The provincial curling championship will be a 16-team triple knockout.

The playdowns at Comox Valley Curling Club saw three teams from Victoria Curling Club win berths to Mixed Doubles provincials. Team Reese-Hansen/Horvath won the A event. The team features the current BC Junior Women’s champion skip, Taylor Reese-Hansen, and Alex Horvath, a regular competitor at the U21 level. The B event went to Team Coulombe, featuring father-daughter team Bob and Mariah Coulombe. The C event went to Team Brilz/Henderson, featuring Sydney Brilz and Tim Henderson.

The playdowns at Nelson Curling Centre saw Team Amy/Qually and Team Taphorn qualify for provincials. Team Amy/Qually features Cranbrook Curling Centre representatives Tracey Amy and Trevor Qually. Team Taphorn features Trevor and Liesa Taphorn from Golden.

The remaining 11 berths will go to open playdowns being held at Mission Granite Curling Club from Feb. 23-25. Anyone from anywhere in the province was permitted to register for this event.

The 2018 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship, which features four players (two male and two female) playing the traditional rules of curling, takes place from Apr. 19-22, 2018, at Richmond Curling Club. The event is a nine-team triple knockout.

Four berths were awarded over the weekend at playdowns in Richmond. Team Tanaka, Team Richard, Team Pierce and Team Guignard were all successful.

Team Tanaka, from Richmond, features skip Cody Tanaka, third Shawna Jensen, second Travis Cameron and lead Catera Park.

Team Richard from Victoria and Chilliwack features skip Jeff Richard, third Sarah Wark, second Rhys Gamache and lead Carley Sandwith.

Team Pierce from Royal City Curling Club features skip Brent Pierce, third Grace MacInnes, second Matthew McCrady and lead Megan Daniels.

Team Guignard from Vancouver Curling Club features skip Jeff Guignard, third Heather Hansen, second Steve Forrest and lead Michelle MacLeod.

More Mixed berths are up for grabs at playdowns in Kimberley (one berth), Vernon (two berths) and Kerry Park in Mill Bay (two berths).

Visit to see all event linescores, team rosters and draw information.

Visit for the qualification information for all categories of play.

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Win tickets by filling out the national club survey

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curling Canada is urging BC curling centres to help them gather information about the national curling landscape.

Curling Canada last surveyed member clubs in the provinces and territories in 2003-04. Much has happened in the last 14-15 years to significantly alter the Canadian curling landscape and we are interested in how clubs have been affected. The results of this survey will be used to chart the future of the Business of Curling program and other activities aimed at helping member facilities grow the sport of curling in their communities.

Every curling facility completing the survey by the deadline of Feb. 28 will receive two tickets to a Curling Canada 2018-2019 event (the event will be one in as close proximity to your club as possible).
• 2018 Canada Cup
• 2019 Continental Cup
• 2019 Tournament of Hearts
• 2019 Brier
• 2019 World Men’s

Curl BC would like to thank the following clubs for supplying their information:
Cranbrook Curling Club, Enderby & District Curling Club, Lumby Curling Club, Salmon Arm Curling Centre, Quesnel Curling Centre, Wells Gray Curling Club, Juan de Fuca Curling Centre Association, Nanaimo Curling Club, Qualicum & District Curling Club, Abbotsford Curling Club, Chilliwack Curling Club, Delta Thistle Curling Club, Gibsons Curling Club, Hope Curling Club, Marpole Curling Club, Tunnel Town Curling Club.

You can help the national organization with this important research. The average time it takes to fill out the survey is 37 minutes. Here is the online national curling club survey.

Anyone with any questions can contact Danny Lamoureux at

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Curl BC welcomes Mario Annicchiarico to the team

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC is delighted to announce that Mario Annicchiarico will be joining Curl BC as the new Communications and Marketing Manager.

Originally from Edmonton, Mario has 32 years’ experience as a sports reporter. Until recently he was well known to curling fans on Vancouver Island as a sports reporter who covered curling for the Victoria Times Colonist.

He will now take over the responsibilities of the role of Communications and Marketing Manager for a period of 12 months while Rebecca Connop Price is on maternity leave.

Mario said he looked forward to promoting this wonderful game.

“Over my 32-plus years as a sports reporter I had the pleasure to cover the likes of Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe along with Heather Nedohin and Val Sweeting – and so many more of the top curlers of the nation – in the curling-crazed Edmonton area. I have continued to promote the sport since my move to Victoria and I look forward to putting those skills to work at Curl BC.”

Mario and his wife Annette live in Victoria. He will start his term with Curl BC on February 26.

Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said: “We look forward to having Mario on our team. He is passionate about curling and curls twice a week at the Victoria Curling Club and we know he will be dedicated to this new role.”

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