The 2016 Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships start today at the Richmond Curling Club.
Among the participants is two-time BC senior women’s champion, Penny Shantz, from Parksville. Shantz won a gold medal at the Calgary Olympics when curling was a demonstration sport. The senior men’s field includes Bob Ursel, of Kelowna, who represented BC at the Brier in 1999, 2003 and 2008. Coach Karen Lepine, from Langley, is the current Canadian Master Women’s champion, and Katie Witt, of Coquitlam, who is playing third for Team Noble, coached Team Daniels at junior nationals, helping them on their way to a silver medal.
The event will run from today until either Saturday, February 20, or Sunday, Feburary 21, (depending on results). The 16 teams from across the province will be vying for the opportunity to represent BC at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia.
Regional playdowns took place in Grand Forks, Enderby, Nanaimo, Kitimat and Abbotsford to decide who would compete.
In men’s play, Team Boese from Smithers Curling Club, Team Marshall from Chilliwack, Team Roemer from Delta Thistle, Team Harris from Cloverdale, Team Lepine from Langley, Team Nichol from Castlegar, Team Craig from Victoria and Team Ursel from Kelowna complete the field.
In women’s play, Team Bulleid from Terrace Curling Club, Team Shantz from Nanaimo, Team Matthews from Trail, Team Richter from Penticton/Vancouver, Team Deputan from Chilliwack, Team Noble from Qualicum Beach/Royal City, Team Foster from Kelowna and Team Clement from Summerland complete the field.
Visit http://www.playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC tab to see the draw times, scores and standings and to follow the events as they happen.