Curl BC News

Host site still needed for 2018 Senior Women’s Curling Championship

By Rebecca Connop Price

A host site is still needed for one of Curl BC’s most popular events – the BC Senior Women’s Curling Championship.

At the start of this season neither the senior men’s nor the senior women’s event had a host. But Duncan Curling Club recently stepped forward to host the men’s event, which will be a 10-team round-robin. They were unable to host the women as well because they are a five-sheet facility and could not have accommodated an 18-team event.

Curl BC Competitions and High Performance Manager Shannon Joanisse said: “We are delighted that Duncan is able to host the senior men this year. They did a fantastic job hosting the BC Scotties in 2017 and we know they will do a fantastic job again.

Fierce competition

“But we are still without a venue for the senior women.

“Hosting the BC Senior Women’s Curling Championships is a great way for your club to promote the sport in your wider community.

“There is fierce competition on the ice, but the curlers are also there to socialize and enjoy the company of like-minded people. It makes for a great event.

“If you can host the women, we would be delighted to hear from you.”

The women’s event is scheduled for Feb. 20-25, 2018.

Three or four sheets

Curl BC is reaching out to facilities that may not normally qualify to host this event. That is because while this is usually an event with both men and women, requiring facilities with at least six sheets, this year, we are happy to talk to curling centres with only three or four sheets available.

The women’s event is an 8-team round robin.

Anyone who is interested in hosting should call Shannon at 604-333-3619 or email

Curl BC would like to thank the nine curling facilities that are hosting BC championships in 2018, plus the dozens of curling centres hosting regional and open playdowns.

BC curling centres are also hosting national events: Penticton will host the 2018 Scotties and Cloverdale/Peace Arch will be co-hosting the 2018 Canadian Masters.

And of course many more curling centres are hosting large curling events and bonspiels that add to the rich calendar of events in BC every year.

Key BC championship dates and locations:

2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships – Langley Curling Centre – Dec 17-23, 2017
2018 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western – Victoria Curling Club – Jan 2-7, 2018
2018 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship – Langley Curling Centre – Jan 12-14, 2018
2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship ­– Parksville Curling Club – Jan 30-Feb 4, 2018
2018 BC Senior Men’s Curling Championship – Duncan Curling Club – Feb 20-25, 2018
2018 BC Winter Games – Kamloops Curling Club – Feb 22-25, 2018
2018 BC Open Stick Curling Championship – Enderby Curling Club – Feb 23-25, 2018
2018 Optimist BC U18 Curling Championships – Salmon Arm Curling Centre – Mar 13-18, 2018
2018 BC High School Curling Championships – Royal City Curling Club – Feb 28-Mar 3, 2018 (Not run by Curl BC)
2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship – Cranbrook Curling Club – Mar 6-11, 2018
2018 BC Masters Curling Championship – Creston Curling Club – Mar6-11, 2018
2018 AMJ Campbell Van Lines BC Mixed Curling Championship – Richmond Curling Club – Apr 19-22, 2018

Anyone with questions about hosting should contact Curl BC Competitions Manager Shannon Joanisse at or 604-333-3619.

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Volunteer rock cleaners needed for international wheelchair bonspiel

By Rebecca Connop Price

The Richmond Centre for Disability, host of the 2017 Canadian Open – 11th Annual International Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel is looking for curlers, or non-curlers, to volunteer at the event as Rock Cleaners for our competing athletes.

Twelve teams are competing this year, including international teams from Russia and Switzerland, and Team Canada as well as a number of provincial and regional teams throughout Canada.

More info about the Bonspiel can be viewed at:

The duties involved cleaning the rocks at each end and line them up for the athletes. There is no pre-requisite but more suitable for people who are able to move and bend freely, and stand for 2 hours on the Ice Rink.

Registration Process
1. Fill out the Bonspiel Volunteer Form in its entirety:
2. Check the Volunteer Schedule and confirm your availability
3. Return to Ian Yeung at RCD: or drop off at RCD Office or fax to 604-232-2415
4. RCD will confirm or negotiate your schedule
5. Attend Volunteer Training session for new volunteers and non-curlers, November 10, 2017, Friday, 5:30 – 7;30 p.m.

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First webinar of 2017-18 season on Thurs, Oct. 12

By Rebecca Connop Price

Our 2017-18 webinar series starts this Thursday with award-winning, Certified Professional Coach and National Coach Bill Tschirhart giving a talk titled “What Are You Thinking?”

The success of a curling shot depends as much if not more upon what you do before you step into the hack than what you do after you step into the hack. Bill’s presentation encapsulates what many of athletes and coaches have heard from sport psychologists at one time or another but into a workable, understandable package.

Please share with your team and other members of your club as this webinar will be a great help to curlers of all abilities.

Webinars are free to athletes and coaches in Curl BC’s HPP and costs $20.00 + GST for others to attend.

Click here:

Whether you are a High Performance Program Member, trained/certified coach, or just an avid curler we have a topic that will expand your knowledge of the game. NCCP Certified Coaches who attend these webinars will receive 1 PD point for each webinar you attend towards your “maintenance of certification”.

Other presenters confirmed for the Fall and Winter include:

• CPC and National Coach-Bill Tschirhart
• Level 4 Coach/Coach Development Coordinator – Karen Watson
• Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist – Melissa Kazan
• Mental Performance Specialist/Team Coach of Rachel Homan – Adam Kingsbury
• Developer of Curl Coach, Statistics App – Stephen Orr

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Register for CTRS by October 15 deadline

By Rebecca Connop Price

BC teams who would like to earn CTRS points for the 2017-18 season must register their team by October 15.

The Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) is a point system designed by Curling Canada to rank Canadian men and women’s curling teams. The rankings are determined by the points earned throughout the season from eligible curling events held worldwide.

All teams wishing to participate in the Canadian Team Ranking System must register their four-person team line-up by October 15th. There is no fee to register; however, if you do not register, your team will not be eligible to collect CTRS points.

Recognizing that completing forms and filling out the same information on multiple websites is a time-consuming task, Curling Canada has partnered with to provide a centralized registration process. You register once and select the ranking system(s) you would like to associate with your registration.

A link to the registration form is contained here:

Eligible events must also register their event with Curling Zone.

One women’s team and two men’s teams will earn berths to BC championships based on their CTRS score. Note – points from regional, provincial and national events do not go towards the BC Provincial CTRS points berth.

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New brand for a new era for Curl BC

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC is adopting a new look and theme in preparation for a major milestone in the history of the sport in British Columbia: The 125th anniversary of curling in BC in the year 2020.

Our new identity will reflect the spirit of intent of “Our House is Your House”, our community mantra.

Like the sport, it is active, fun and social. It is welcoming and warm, friendly and upbeat.

The new word and logo marks are modern but respectful of the history, heritage and colours of curling in British Columbia and Canada.

The Colours of Curling
Red and blue are typically used against a white backdrop. The new Curl BC emblem reflects the colours of curling and are inspired by the provincial flag of British Columbia.

The Shared Passion of “Our House is Your House”
Our House is Your House is not only our new mantra, it is central to our new look. The house that is so synonymous with our sport is clearly integrated into the stylized “BC” in our new word mark.

It is meant to remind us every day that Our House is Your House. That our programs are your programs. Our services are your services.

The Stylized Rock
The final element of our new look is the stylized rock above the word mark.
The three prongs of the rock represent the leading attributes of our sport as active, fun and social; and the synergies of camaraderie, teamwork and strategic play that make curling the sport of a lifetime.

Thank you to Christopher Ordog from Christopher Allan Design and Marketing for his design work.

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