An experienced field of broadcasters will provide curling fans with exciting content when three of Curl BC’s championship events are again televised on Sportsnet.
The New Year will get off to a great start when the 2016 Tim Hortons Junior Curling Championships finals are aired. Broadcasters Rob Faulds and Melissa Soligo will take to the mic during the broadcast on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The junior women’s final will air starting at 9 a.m. on Sportsnet Pacific and the junior men’s final will air starting at 2 p.m. on Sportsnet One.
Rob, a seasoned sportscaster, and Melissa, Olympian (1992) and Curl BC’s resident high performance coach, have paired up at the juniors for the past two years and will bring their knowledgeable repartee back to the juniors.
New to Curl BC will be broadcaster Mark Lee, who is well known for his play-by-play coverage of Olympic curling, athletics and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. Mark will join Melissa during the broadcast of the semi-finals and finals of the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western. Also new to Curl BC, will be Joan McCusker, Olympian (1998) and curling commentator for Sportsnet, who will join Mark for the broadcasts of the semi final and final of the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.
Curl BC CEO, Scott Braley, commented: “It’s great to see such experienced and highly regarded broadcasters once again covering this season’s Curl BC championships on Sportsnet. Sportsnet takes a very professional, but also enjoyable approach to these broadcasts which enhances the experience for all involved, particularly the curlers, the host committees and the many spectators watching across the country.”
- The women’s semi final will air at 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 24, on Sportsnet Pacific, and the final will air at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, on Sportsnet One.
- The men’s semi final will air at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 14, on Sportsnet Pacific and the final will air at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, on Sportsnet 360*.
The 2016 Tim Hortons Junior Curling Championships will take place at Kamloops Curling Club, home of last year’s junior women’s champions, Team Brown, and will run from December 29, 2015, to January 3, 2016.
The 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, will take place at Coquitlam Curling Club and will run from January 19 to 24, 2016.
The 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at Nelson Curling Club and will run from February 10 to 14, 2016.
In October 2012 it was announced that Curl BC had signed a major 10-year agreement with Sportsnet. This agreement gives Sportsnet the rights to air all Curl BC curling championships. Sportsnet signed similar agreements with other provincial curling associations and is therefore able to air provincial championships from BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, attracting a viewership of well over 300,000.
*Sportsnet 360, previously known as The Score, is available as part of many non-premium packages through cable television providers, including Shaw, Telus and Novus. Contact your provider for more information.