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Archives for July 2009

Olympic Curling Schedule Announced

The World Curling Federation has released the Olympic Curling Schedule for Vancouver 2010.

Olympic Curling Schedule

Homer & Marge Simpson Go Curling

Homer and Marge join a curling team as the Simpsons pay homage to the popular sport

by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

Curling will be getting some prime-time exposure just prior to next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver as Homer and Marge Simpson take up one of Canada’s favourite sports.

An episode of the long-running comedy “The Simpsons” featuring the cartoon power couple playing the game is scheduled to run in early February on the Fox Network.

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Club Coaching Grants

The Coaching Association of Canada is now accepting applications for the next wave of GM’s Making Dreams Possible Club Coaching Grants with the deadline of applications being September 21, 2009. Applications for GM’s High Performance Coach Grants are also being accepted now, and the application deadline is January 18, 2010.

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Registration Now Open for 2009-2010 Playdowns

To Register:

  1. Follow the link below to find your playdown http://www.curlbc.ca/performance/competitions/playdowns/
  2. Once you have selected the appropriate playdown you will be directed to Compete-At where you will be required to sign up for a “passport account”. If you registered for playdowns last year you already have an account using your email address.
  3. Once logged in to Compete-At you will go through the following steps:
  • Step 1 – Log in to Compete-At
  • Step 2 – Enter your Team Name
  • Step 3 – Select your Division
  • Step 4 – Confirm your personal information
  • Step 5 – Club Affiliation
    NGB – Select CAN – Canadian Curling Association
    Regional Association – Select Curl BC
    Club – Select your home club
  • Step 6 – Payment
  • Step 7 – you will be asked to register for your whole team. * This is different from last year, so please make sure you have your teammates contact information and birthdate before going to register.

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“Throwing Stones” Airs Wed. July 15th

THROWING STONES is a half-hour domestic drama (with a healthy dose of comedy) airing on the CBC on Wednesday July 15th at 9pm EST. The show stars Academy Award winner Patty Duke, Gemini Award nominees Lolita Davidovich and Caroline Neron, as well as Barbara Radecki and Stephanie Anne Mills. Throwing Stones also features a cameo by curling legend, Jennifer Jones!

Meet Patti, Shirley, Annette, Cindy and Marge. Five very different women just trying to stay afloat amidst the chaos of life: demanding children, high-maintenance husbands, mortgages that keep them awake at night, uninspiring jobs, and all the challenges that come from being a wife, a mother and more significantly, a woman. They’re working class women who do it all and more. And they’re just desperate for a little me time. They are the real desperate housewives.

BUT all is forgotten, all is left behind when they are together, playing, training, and competing for their true love curling. They are proud members of the West Kildonan Curling Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The show uses the principles of curling as a metaphor for life. Patti (played by Patty Duke) believes that all the lessons, rules and wisdom you need in life, you can learn from curling. Every episode begins with Patti philosophizing about one aspect of curling. It is this principle of curling and its larger application to life that will be explored in the episode.

Directed by the acclaimed director that brought you, “ZOS: Zone of Separation”, Mario Azzopardi and writers Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen, comes a show about life, love, and the power of friendship. Produced by Lara Azzopardi, Julia Cohen, Mario Azzopardi and Kim Todd (Original Pictures).

THROWING STONES is an original pilot developed and produced for the CBC. Unfortunately, though they loved the pilot, the CBC chose not to pick up the series due to the economy and programming realities. That means that the show will be airing on July 15 with very little publicity or promotion. To that end, the producers are trying to get the word out to people across Canada – especially Curlers. They are very proud of this series and want as many people as possible to tune in, watch it and send their feedback to the CBC! (http://www.cbc.ca/contact/)

This article comes from the www.curler.com

Vancouver Curling Club Hires New Manager

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Curling Club (VCC), I am pleased to announce that Chris Daw has been selected as the VCC’s general manager.

Chris brings a unique blend of professional and technical skill combined with solid business
management experience to the position. Most recently employed by the Canadian Curling Association as its Development Coordinator, Chris’ additional past employment experiences – including as the Director of Program Development with the Easter Seals of Newfoundland and Labrador, as the Executive Director of the London and Area Curling Association and as a Forensic Analyst with the RCMP – have all helped him develop a proficient and diverse skill set ranging from policy development and financial management to being highly organized and effective working as a collaborative team member.

Chris was chosen after a process overseen by the Board’s Human Resources Committee. The Board of Directors completed an operations and governance review over the first month of its mandate. A month-long, cross-country search was then conducted to hire a new manager for the 2009-2010 season and beyond. More than 50 applicants applied for the position, and the Board of Directors is excited with the skill set, experience and knowledge that Chris will be bringing to the club.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, Chris will be responsible for the overall management of the VCC including programming, administration, finance, business operations, fundraising initiatives and assisting the Board with strategic planning. Chris understands and looks forward to the challenge of becoming the VCC manager and helping create a positive atmosphere for members, prospective members and the community.

Chris’ ability to connect to people goes beyond his managerial capabilities and extends to his life-long commitment to sport. Chris is the current Vice President of AthletesCAN, and the defending gold medalist in curling from the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. While now retired from the high performance sport scene, Chris’ experiences began at a young age
and have seen him serve as a Canadian national team with athletics, basketball, rugby, sittingvolleyball and curling. In fact, Chris is only one of a few athletes to represent Canada at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games. Chris’ love of athletic pursuits has also seen him achieve success as a coach. He is a Level 3 certified coach in curling and he received the 2004 Ontario Coaching Award of Excellence.

There are a lot of exciting times and changes in front of us so the Board of Directors and the VCC’snew manager, Chris Daw, are looking forward to working together with the entire VCC family – membership, staff and our community partners – to make the upcoming season an enjoyable one.

Scott Allen
President, Vancouver Curling Club

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