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Twelve teams attend inaugural U15 Challenge Cup

On a Friday morning in early January, U15 teams from around the province gathered together at Kamloops Curling Club to discuss their curling goals.

‘Have fun while learning,’ ‘maintain a positive mindset’ and ‘improve our team and individual curling knowledge’ are just a few of the goals that these young athletes listed.

This activity was just one component of the inaugural Curl BC U15 Challenge Cup, which took place over the weekend of January 11 to 13.

The event included on and off ice player and team development sessions on the Friday, a curling competition on the Saturday and the Sunday, and coach and parent professional development sessions throughout the weekend.

“The workshops and training were excellent and I know the coaches and athletes appreciated the work and process that went in to making this first event a great experience,” said Chief Umpire Betty Hunt.

The U15 Challenge Cup was created in order to provide young athletes with a meaningful development and competition opportunity that can help introduce them to competitive curling and prepare them for events such as the BC Winter Games.

Twelve teams were in attendance in Kamloops, and each team played two seeding games before being placed into pools for the remaining games.

At the end of the event, Kelowna’s Team Blue Frost and Golden Ears’ Team Reed led Pool A with two wins and one loss each, Penticton’s Team Trip and Golden Ears’ Team 4K Girl$ led Pool B with two wins and one loss each, and Salmon Arm’s Team Garrett led Pool C with two wins and one tie.U15 Challenge Cup

“The inaugural U15 Challenge Cup was a success in providing an opportunity for upcoming curlers and coaches to develop their skills,” said Curl BC Education and Camps Coordinator Kim Dennis.

“This group of curlers was full of spirit and sportsmanship as they learned together with their teams and made new friendships along the way. Curl BC looks forward to further improving this event and hosting it in future years.”

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