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2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors

The M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior men’s and women’s curling championships will be played February 1-8 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

This marks the fourth year of title sponsorship by M&M Meat Shops, Canada’s leading retail chain of specialty frozen foods. The company recently announced a further three-year extension as title sponsor through 2012.

Thirteen men’s and 13 women’s teams (representing the 10 provinces plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories and Yukon) are set to compete.

Representing BC are Kelly Shimizu and her rink from Richmond and Brian Kedziora and his Golden Ears rink from Maple Ridge.

Among the other teams confirmed are, on the women’s side, defending champion skip Kaitlyn Lawes of Manitoba and 2007 Canada Winter Games gold medallist Rachel Homan of Ontario, while Prince Edward Island’s Brett Gallant, Canadian junior runner-up in 2007 and third place finisher last year, tops the men’s field.

Round robin games will be played at both the Salmon Arm Curling Club and Sunwave Centre. At the conclusion of the round robin, the first place teams advance to their respective finals, while the second and third place finishers meet in semi-finals on Saturday.

Both the women’s and men’s finals will be played on Sunday, February 8 at the Sunwave Centre and will be televised live across Canada on TSN. The women’s final takes place at 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET while the men’s final begins at 4:00 pm PT/7:00 pm ET.

The winners will then represent Canada at the 2009 world junior curling championships, March 5-15 in Vancouver. Canada has won a leading 16 world junior men’s titles since 1975 and eight women’s crowns since 1988.

The Canadian junior men’s championship began in 1950 in Quebec City. Alberta has won a leading 15 times while British Columbia has four wins, the last by skip Brad Kuhn in 2000.

The Canadian junior women’s championship was first played in Vancouver in 1971. Saskatchewan leads all provinces with 10 junior women’s titles while British Columbia has three victories, the last in 1987 by skip Julie Sutton (Skinner). The Canadian junior championships were conducted as separate events until being combined in 1987 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Last year in Sault Ste. Marie, Quebec’s William Dion and Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes won Canadian titles, then travelled to Östersund, Sweden for the 2008 world juniors, where they both earned bronze medals.

Hosting BC Funds 14 Communities to Stage National and International Sport Events

The Province of B.C. and 2010 Legacies Now will provide $393,000 to 14 communities supporting them in hosting national and international sport events through its Hosting BCTM partnership.

“Communities in British Columbia are attracting world-class sport events and we are pleased to help them bring these events home,” said Hon. Mary Polak, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport. “By hosting national and world-calibre events, our communities realize a lasting legacy of trained volunteers, economic benefits and increased community spirit.”

Hosting BC is funded by the Province of B.C. and 2010 Legacies Now to support organizations bidding for or hosting events at the junior, senior and university levels. This round of grants supports 26 summer and winter sports including biathlon, freestyle skiing, curling, cycling, para cross-country skiing and wheelchair basketball.

Brent Morrice, chairman of Ski Jumping Canada, said financial assistance from Hosting BC assists Ski Jumping Canada in building awareness of the sport in the Callaghan Valley. “As a small sport, Hosting BC’s assistance is critical in enabling us to host major events on the ski jumps in the Callaghan Valley. These events help us build a legacy so that the surrounding communities can enjoy top level international competition for many years to come.”

Curl BC is bringing two world curling championships to Vancouver as part of the lead up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. “Hosting BC has enabled the local organizing committee to increase attendance at these events through general promotion programs for schools, juniors, seniors, people with a disability and disadvantaged groups,” said executive director and CEO Scott Braley.

Michelle Collens, manager of sport tourism, 2010 Legacies Now added: “Since we started this program in 2004, Hosting BC has provided funding and support to nearly 34 communities around the province. They have gained valuable experience hosting high-performance sport events and some have built new sport facilities, all of which is contributing to B.C. becoming a premier sport event hosting destination.”

Since 2004, Hosting BC has distributed a total of $2.6 million to support 188 events in 34 communities, including Canadian championships, World Cups and qualifying tournaments for the Olympic Games. This round of funding will support sport events in the following communities:

Callaghan Valley
Prince George
West Vancouver

The application deadline for the next round of Hosting BC funding is March 1, 2009. For more information on Hosting BC, please visit 2010LegaciesNow.com.

Vancouver’s Mallet Rink 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Champions

With an exciting finish to the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship, Vancouver’s Marla Mallett and her rink won the title over the previously undefeated MacInnes rink of Kamloops.

A steal of 4 in the in the 6th gave the Mallett rink the lead, which would not be relinquished in a  8-5 victory. The Mallett rink will now represent BC at the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Victoria. [Read more…]

Field Set for Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Following the Interior Championship in Sparwood and the Coastal Championship in New Westminster, the field is set for the 2009 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in Maple Ridge at the Golden Ears Winter Club, February 9-15. [Read more…]

Team Leader Required for BC Wheelchair Team

Curl BC is seeking applications for the volunteer position of Team Leader for our BC Wheelchair Team at the National Competition in Nova Scotia, March 23-28, 2009. [Read more…]

Support Youth Curling by purchasing Optimist Raffle Tickets

Buy your raffle tickets to help support Youth Curling Development in BC. For $20 you receive a 32-page pocket size date planner and a raffle ticket with the chance to win great prizes including ten $500 prizes plus five $1,000 prizes plus one $5,000 prize. Only 2,000 tickets to be sold.

Please email lhowe@curlbc.ca to order.

2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship on Shaw TV

The finals of the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship presented by Best Western will be aired on Shaw TV live from Parksville. Tune in on Sunday, January 25 at 2:30 p.m. to see who will be crowned the best female curlers in BC. The winner of this event will represent BC, later this year at the Canadian Championships in Victoria. Event Information

Senior Playdown Wrap-up

The coastal senior playdowns concluded this weekend as BC teams look forward to the Senior Provincial championships. Congratulations to the following qualifiers: [Read more…]

Griffith Rink qualifies for Interior Championship

Following a 1-game playdown in Vernon this weeked, the Griffith Rink defeated the Matheson Rink 11-5 to earn the final spot in the Interior Championships in Sparwood.

Armstrong Rink wins first BC Wheelchair Title

Congratulations to the Armstrong Rink from Prince George on capturing the first ever BC Wheelchair title in Vernon this weekend. The rink entered the final with a 2-1 record with their only loss to the Austgarden rink from Westbank. In the final they won the championship with a 7-4 score in 8 ends, over the Austgarden rink. [Read more…]

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