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Curl BC welcomes new board for 2017-18 season

By Rebecca Connop Price

Two new board members have joined the Curl BC Board and one has been named a Life Member following the 2017 Curl BC AGM.

Tracey Amy joined the board after members from the Kootenays (Region 1 and 2) chose her to sit on the board as a regional Governor for a two-year term. Tracey, who has been curling for 26 years, is a mortgage advisor with the Royal Bank of Canada, and a past president of the Cranbrook Curling Centre.

Another new Curl BC Governor, Gord Judzentis, is returning to the board after a three-year absence. A Life Member of Curl BC, Gord hails from Region 6 and is involved with the Smithers and Terrace curling clubs. He was elected to the board by members in Region 5 and 6, which includes clubs along Highway 16 from Prince Rupert to Prince George as well as Quesnel, Wells, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House.

Two Governors at Large were re-named to the board. Michelle Ramsay, who was initially elected to a one-year term in 2016, has been brought back for a two-year-term. Michelle is a former competitive curler and a marketing professional with BCLC. The other Governor at Large to be re-named to the board was Paul Addison, the board’s chair. Paul, a retired civil servant, is a member at Glen Meadows Golf and Curling Club. Paul and Michelle were both named to the board when they ran for the positions unopposed at the Curl BC AGM on Sunday, June 4.

Teri Palynchuk was re-elected to the Curl BC board for a two-year term by members from Vancouver Island. This is her second consecutive term on the board as a Governor, and she was previously a Regional Representative for Region 9, which includes her home facility, the Nanaimo Curling Centre.

Terry Vandale, from Elkford, continues on the board as Past Chair. During the AGM, members voted unanimously in favour of naming her a Life Member of Curl BC.

In recent years, Terry has been a unifying force within curling, starting with her work on the amalgamation of the men’s and women’s curling associations into Curl BC in the 1990s. She also helped with the transition of the Curl BC Board to its current governance structure that culminated in 2015. She chaired the Curl BC Board from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2012 to 2015.

During her tenure on the Board, Terry provided assistance to every board subcommittee. She not only provided guidance but also rolled up her sleeves to work with enthusiasm to tackle all issues affecting the sport. Terry chaired the Competition and High Performance Committee where she used her knowledge and wisdom to guide changes to Curl BC rules and competitions in a manner that balanced the needs of Curl BC with those of our athletes.

Peter Muir, from Port Moody, and Janice Mori, from Vernon, continue to serve as Governors at Large. George Horner and Dale Gregory round out the board as regional Governors for the Okanagan and Lower Mainland respectively.

Following the AGM, the board members re-elected Paul Addison to chair the board. Peter Muir and Teri Palynchuk were named the vice chairs for 2017-18.

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Curl BC partners with Canucks Autism Network

By Rebecca Connop Price

Canucks Autism Network is partnering with Curl BC and other provincial sport organizations to put on Multi Sport Camps across the Lower Mainland.

And curlers are invited to volunteer to help out!

Three camps involving curling will take place this summer.

  • Tuesday – July 11th (9:00am – 2:15pm) Vancouver Multi Sport Camp – Memorial South Park (Turf Field)
  • Tuesday – July 18 (9:00am – 2:15pm) Coquitlam Multi Sport Camp – Town Centre (Cunnings Field)
  • Tuesday – July 25 (9:00am – 2:15pm) Surrey Multi Sport Camp – Newton Athletic Park (Field #4)

The Multisport Summer Program is a great opportunity for participants with autism, and their siblings, to try a variety of sports activities in a fun, safe and highly supportive environment.

For more information about the program visit

If you would like to help out, please contact Curl BC Participation Manager Melissa Sim at or call 604-333-3620.

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Register now for ice technician training

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC has scheduled a number of Jet Ice Technician workshops in the fall.

A Level 1 Jet Ice Technician Workshop is planned for Lake Cowichan October 14-15, 2017. To register for this workshop, please click this link

We have also scheduled a Level 1 Jet Ice Technician Workshop in Powell River September 9-10, 2017. To register for this workshop, please click this link

The full 2017-18 Jet Ice Technician schedule is available at the below link. We currently have workshops scheduled in Port Moody, Abbotsford, Vernon, Powell River and Lake Cowichan. Visit

In addition to Ice Tech workshops Curl BC is pleased to offer additional mentorship to member clubs and centres beyond traditional Ice Tech courses. After your Ice Techs are trained consider having one of the world class ice techs from our team visit your centre to support your club. More information on this program can be found here:

Anyone who would like more information about the Ice Tech programs at Curl BC can contact Will Sutton at or call 604-333-3622.

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16-team format finalized for Brier, Scotties

By Rebecca Connop Price

A Friday night showdown will determine the 16th and final entries into the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced by Curling Canada.

On the Friday night prior to the opening of round-robin play at both events, the top two teams from the Canadian Team Ranking System that didn’t qualify out of their provincial/territorial championships will get a second chance at qualifying for the Canadian championship.

It’ll be a Wild Card Friday that will get the championship week at both events off to an exciting start, said Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson.

“We did extensive consultation with our Member Associations, the athletes and our partners at TSN, Tim Hortons and Kruger and everyone agreed that this was an ideal and positive solution to the issue of determining the 16th entry into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier,” said Henderson.

“The new 16-team format ensures every Member Association is participating from the beginning of the week, and also ensures that a quality field is in place in order to determine a Canadian team to wear the Maple Leaf and play for a world championship.”
The pre-qualifying format, introduced in 2014, was voted out by Curling Canada’s Member Associations at the 2015 Annual General Meeting, and a 16-team, two-pool format was approved by the same Member Associations a year later.

It was determined then that the 14 Member Associations and Team Canada would be part of the field, with discussions to follow to determine the 16th team.

It was a suggestion from Manitoba’s Mike McEwen — who along with E.J. Harnden, Nolan Thiessen, Lisa Weagle, Tracy Fleury and Val Sweeting is a member of the Curling Canada Athletes’ Advisory Council — that spearheaded the idea of a play-in game.

“I don’t think many curlers would say no to a second chance at qualifying for the Brier or the Scotties, and the thing I really like is that a team has to win a game in order to qualify,” said McEwen. “It’s going to be a treat for the fans and the national television audience, and I think it will be a great showcase for curling.”

For example, this past season, the Friday night Wild Card game would have been a showdown between Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones and Alli Flaxey of Caledon, Ont., for the final berth into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Meanwhile, it would have been Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers against Toronto’s John Epping for the final spot in the Tim Hortons Brier.

To qualify for the Wild Card game, teams must have participated in their respective provincial/territorial championships.

How the team will be named for the round robin, as well as team colours, will be determined at a later date.

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Curling events partner to expand global tour

By Rebecca Connop Price

The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 170 championship curling events.

Based in North America since 1992, the WCT has long been the ultimate competition circuit for all high-performance curling teams. Founded in 2005, the Europe-based CCT has grown rapidly and now boasts all the trademarks of traditional WCT events, attracting larger sponsors and delivering professional webstreamed or televised coverage.

Both tours have also recently expanded into the Pacific region, with high-powered curling championships now hosted in China, Korea and Japan.

“This is a great day for the Roaring Game,” said the WCT’s Gerry Geurts from London, Ontario, Canada. “As we begin another Olympic curling season, the official merger of the WCT and CCT into one organization clearly proves, once again, that curling is one of the fastest-growing winter sports in the world.”

“From the beginning, the CCT and WCT have worked closely together,” said CCT’s Armin Harder from Zurich, Switzerland. “CCT events have been incorporated and counted on the Order Of Merit points list. And the CCT’s beginnings have been largely based on the same ideas and principles as that of its close relative tour in North America.

“To the fans it has always seemed like one Tour, but in terms of operations they have been quite different. CCT has found it necessary to take a new business approach in order to face the challenges of forging into new curling markets. Today both organizations officially share that vision, and curling fans will benefit most.”
The combined Tour will bear the name of the World Curling Tour and feature new branding reminiscent of the Curling Champions Tour. A new website at the URL will be launched shortly.

The World Curling Tour events will now be divided into two categories, a “WCT Masters Series” and a “WCT Challenger Series.” On top of that a “Champions Series” aka “Majors” will be created over the next few years, outside of Canada, to complement the popular Grand Slam of Curling series.

In the past two seasons a CCT World Mixed Doubles Tour has experienced explosive growth and popularity. Now poised to lead the development of more Mixed Doubles events in North America and Asia, the new World Curling Tour can better manage the fastest growing segment of the sport.

Mixed Doubles will make its Olympic debut as a full-medal sport at February’s 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

Additional growth is planned for the Asia-Pacific Curling Tour, an expected World Junior Curling Tour and even a global Tour for Wheelchair Curling, an official Paralympic Games medal sport at Korea next year.

“The World Curling Tour now counts some 250 champion events taking place in 2017-18,” said Geurts. “We will work to increase the amount of streaming and TV coverage worldwide to showcase the Tour and its increasing number of events.”

“We will also continue expanding into new regions in hopes of developing new young teams, and providing them with a place to enjoy the sport and hone their skills,” said Harder. “These new athletes will be the engine for the future growth of our sport.”

For inquiries on the WCT scoring system, World Team Ranking (former OOM), draws and other IT-related matters, please contact Gerry Geurts at:

For inquiries on WCT Tour development, new events, marketing, sponsorship opportunities, television and internet streaming, please contact Armin Harder at:

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