The BC Interior Masters Curling Association (BCIMCA) was formed in 1976 to organize, foster and promote curling amongst 60+-year-old curlers who curl in a daytime/retirees’ curling league in the BC interior.
Annual competitions are held to determine four BCIMCA Zone winners
Zone winners advance to a combined provincial championship with the four Zone winners from the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association (PCMCA).
Walter Hobbs was instrumental in organizing the Senior Curling Association of BC in 1961 out of Kelowna.
His efforts led to the constitution of the British Columbia Interior Masters Curling Association (BCIMCA) in 1976. Walter Hobbs was elected to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1976. The Walter Hobbs Trophy is awarded annually to the BCIMCA team which has the best record against BCIMCA Zone representatives at the Combined Provincial Championships with the PCMCA.
The BCIMCA is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of: a President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Secretary-Treasurer and a Zone Director from each of the four Zones. The board meets in the spring and fall of each year, and holds an Annual General Meeting at a club central to the BC Interior clubs in mid-curling season open to all members of the association.
The Zone Director maintains regular communication with all clubs and members within their Zone. Zone Directors coordinate scheduling of all Zone Playdowns and ensure Zone playdown events rotate on a regular basis among clubs within their Zone.
The BCIMCA president provides liaison with the PCMCA and with Curl BC on all matters related to the association.
BCIMCA Board of Directors for 2013-14
Jim Skrenek, President
30 – 40 Kestrel Place
Vernon, BC V1H 1S6
Linda DeBelser, Secretary-Treasurer
7272 L&A Road
Vernon, BC V1B 3S8
Vern Ronmark, Past President
916 – 10th Ave. N RR 4
Creston, B C V0B 1G4
There are four Zones that make up the BCIMCA.
Zone 1 – West Kootenay (clubs in zone are: Castlegar, Grand Forks, Nelson, Trail, Beaver Valley, Rossland, Nakusp, Salmo Valley)
Acting Zone 1 Director – Paul Beattie, Christina Lake, phone: 250-447-6552, email: email@example.com
Zone 2 – East Kootanay (clubs in zone are: Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberly, Elkford, Golden, Sparwood)
Director – Gord Jenkins, Kimberley, BC; phone: 250-427-3644, email: Jenkins.firstname.lastname@example.org
Zone 3 – South Okanagan (clubs in zone are: Kelowna, Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton, Summerland, Princeton, Merritt)
Director – Grant Snow, Kelowna, BC; phone: 250-764-4339, email: email@example.com
Zone 4 – North Okanagan (clubs in zone are: Vernon, Lumby, Armstrong, Chase, Salmon Arm, Winfield, Enderby, Kamloops, McArthur Island, Revelstoke, Sicamous)
Director – Bill Gawiuk, Vernon, BC; phone: 250-545-6441, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is open to any BC Interior Curling Club that has all its senior curlers (60+ years of age) registered and identified as BCIMCA members by paying an annual $4 membership fee for each curler who curls in a daytime/retiree curling league for which there is a BCIMCA championship event.
Affiliation with Curl BC
The BCIMCA is an affiliated association with Curl BC and augments their organization by fostering and promoting curling opportunities to BC residents who are 60+ years of age. In so doing, the BCIMCA and PCMCA receive a combined annual funding of $5,000 from Curl BC.
Championships are currently held for Men and Mixed competitions, with a Ladies Championship coming in 2014.
The 60+ (Master Men’s) and the 70+ (Grand Master Men’s) BCIMCA Playdown competitions are held in each of the four Zones respectively with the Zone winners advancing to the Provincial Combined Championship with the PCMCA to determine a BCIMCA Champion (Walter Hobbs Trophy Winner), a PCMCA Champion (Guy Philp trophy), and a Combined Provincial Champion (Jack McAllister Trophy).
The Provincial Combined Championships alternate annually between the Interior and Coastal associations.
A 60+ Mixed Championship was introduced in 2010, with a 60+ Ladies Championship tentatively scheduled for 2014. The respective four Zone winners play a round-robin format to determine a BCIMCA Champion. Championships rotate annually among the four Zones.
All member clubs in each Zone are eligible to host a Zone playdown event. Host clubs are selected on a rotation basis within each Zone to provide an equal opportunity to host.
(Note: The PCMCA does not offer a Mixed or Ladies Championship at this time. It is hoped this will occur in the near future and a Combined Provincial Championship would follow.)
The 2013 Combined Competition is being held in the city of Nanaimo from March 5 to 8, 2013.
In 2014 the Combined will be hosted by the city of Salmon Arm from February 25 to 28, 2014.
In 2015 the Combined will be hosted by a club in Zone 3 (Metro Vancouver) of the PCMCA at a date to be determined.
Gala Awards Banquet
At the closing of the Provincial Combined Championships a Gala Awards Banquet and Awards Ceremony is held for all curlers, their guests and special guests. This is a grand social event to acknowledge the winners, give thanks to the host and unwind after four days of competition.
Rules of the Game
All BCIMCA bonspiels or playdowns are governed by the “Rules of Play of Curl BC”.
The delivery of a stone may be delivered with a “curling/delivery stick” in all BCIMCA and PCMCA Play. Here, “Stick Curling Canada Rules” apply.
At Provincial Combined Competition play, should a tie result after round-robin play a special “playoff” will take place. All members of each team will deliver two stones up and two stones back in their team throwing order. Sweeping is allowed. Points for each stone thrown by each team player are awarded and totaled on the basis of 4 points for a stone touching the button, 3 points touching the four-foot, 2 points touching the eight- foot, and 1 point touching the twelve foot. The team having the highest combined team point total is declared the Provincial Combined Champion.
Why should I be a BCIMCA member?
To support and promote healthy competition and fellowship for curlers 60+ years of age.
- To have the opportunity to compete at the 60+ Master and 70+ Grand Master age Championship level.
- To compete on a regular four-member team, Zone playdown and provincial competition level if a “stick curler”.
- The cost to enter a Zone competition is a kept at a very reasonable amount.
- The Zone winner is provided with an amount of money from the BCIMCA that generally off-sets the majority of out-of-pocket expenses associated with playing at the Combined Provincial Championship Event.
Facts and Figures
The BCIMCA currently enjoys a combined membership of over 1,100 men and lady curlers in 18 clubs.
- The 60+ Master Men’s Championship commenced in 1976.
- The 70+ Grand Master Men’s Championship commenced in 2003.
- The 60+ Mixed Championship commenced in 2010.
- A Ladies 60+ Championship is tentatively planned for 2014.
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