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Canadian Master Curling Championships begin today

The Canadian Master Curling Championships begin today. Click here to follow BC’s Garry Gelowitz and Karin Host teams.

$15M boosts gaming grants and supports family programs

VICTORIA – More than 2,000 non-profit community groups across British Columbia will benefit from an immediate injection of $15 million in new grant funding, Premier Christy Clark announced. 

“We’re putting families first by providing more funding for programs that support healthier children, stronger families and more vibrant communities,” said Clark. “We’re fulfilling our commitment to provide an immediate boost of $15 million to community gaming grants. These non-profit organizations turn the small amounts they receive into big benefits for the communities they serve.”

The restoration of funding will bring over 500 organizations back up to historical funding levels, including youth arts and culture groups; community service groups like Rotary and Kiwanis; fairs, festivals and museums; and organizations involved in community education like parent support services. [Read more…]

Canadian Wheelchair & Senior Curling Championships wrap up

BC’s Gary Cormack and his team made playoffs at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship this past weekend in Edmonton, AB. Cormack and company finished with a 6-3 record, but lost the 3vs.4 playoff game 6-4 to Manitoba. Manitoba went onto win the Championship.

BC senior curlers had a tough week at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Digby, NS. Greg McAulay and his Richmond crew finished with a record of 4-7, while Qualicum’s Lynne Noble team finished at 6-5. 

Curl BC summer activities

Click here to see what’s happening in the BC curling world this summer.

Sandra Schmirler Foundation Charity Golf Tournament – Okanagan

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created in January, 2001 as a legacy to three-time world curling champion and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Schmirler. The Foundation is passionate in its commitment to be the leading provider of funds to support the care of premature and critically ill babies in hospitals across Canada.

The Foundation raises and donates funds to hospitals across Canada for the care of premature and critically ill babies and to that end is partnering with the Kelowna General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the organizing committee for the Sandra Schmirler Charity Golf Tournament – Okanagan.

The Sandra Schmirler Charity Golf Tournament – Okanagan is being organized to raise funds for the Neonatal Care Unit at Kelowna General Hospital which benefits the Thompson-Okanagan region. The dates for the tournament are August 19 – 21 2011 and will be at Shadow Ridge Golf Course, Kelowna.

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has agreed to match funds raised up to a maximum of $20,000. A portion of the money raised will also be used to promote junior curling in British Columbia.

Entry fee of $250.00 includes two rounds with cart and:

Friday Aug 19 
7pm – 11pm: Meet & Greet Friday night at Rusty’s Steakhouse and Grill

Saturday Aug 20
8:30am: First Round – Shadow Ridge Golf Course – Shotgun Start

2pm – 10pm: Silent Auction at Rusty’s Steakhouse and Grill

7pm: Dinner at Rusty’s Steakhouse and Grill

9pm – 1am: Dance with live band at Rusty’s Steakhouse and Grill

Sunday Aug 21
8:30am: Second Round – Shadow Ridge Golf Course – Shotgun Start

1pm – 3pm: BBQ at Shadow Ridge Golf Course and prizes [Read more…]

Canadian Open Stick Curling Championship underway

The Canadian Open Sitck Curling Championship is underway at the Golden Ears Winter Club. Good luck to all competitors.

Click here for more information.

McArthur Island to host 2012 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship

Curl BC is pleased to announce that the McArthur Island Curling Centre will host the 2012 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship, February 2-5, 2012.

The BC Wheelchair Curling Championship will host the top wheelchair curlers in the province. BC has dominated the wheelchair curling scene in past years, being home to the 2010 Paralympic gold medal team, as well as both the 2010 Canadian Wheelchair gold and silver medalists. British Columbia wheelchair teams have won the past four Canadian Championships.

The McArthur Island Curling Centre has six sheets of ice and went under significant renovations in 2005. They have hosted past events such as the Kamloops Crown of Curling Cashspiel, 2011 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Interior Playdown #1, 2011 Senior Men’s & Women’s Regional Playdowns and the 2010 Men’s Interior Playdown.

Marshall wins 2011 BC Mixed Curling Championship

Chilliwack’s Doug Marshall, Lisa Deputan, Darren Jarvis and Janet Klebe captured the 2011 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship title in Prince Rupert this past weekend.

Marshall finished on top of the field with a 6-1 round-robin record earning a direct spot into Saturday’s final, where they would eventually face Duncan’s Wes Craig rink. Marshall scored singles in the first four ends to lead 4-0. The teams traded deuces in the 5th and 6th ends, and Craig took a single in the 7th. With a 3 point lead and hammer advantage, Marshall made a triple take-out to score five points in the 8th end and seal the victory by a final score of 11-3.

Kimberley’s Tom Buchy team advanced to the semi-final by defeating Sparwood’s Ken McHargue 7-6 in a tie-breaker, but was defeated by Craig 9-4.

Round-robin results:
Doug Marshall (Chilliwack) 6-1
Wes Craig (Kerry Park) 5-2
Tom Buchy (Kimberley) 4-3
Ken McHargue (Sparwood) 4-3
Dylan Somerton (Peace Arch) 3-4
Jared St. John (Penticton) 2-5
Michael Dahms (Prince George) 2-5
Craig Lepine (Langley) 2-5

Marshall and company now advance to the 2012 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Sudbury, Ontario November 12-19, 2011.

In other areas of the country, BC’s Greg McAulay sits at 1-3 and Lynne Noble is at 2-2 at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Digby, NS; and Gary Cormack and his team will play their first game against Saskatchewan tonight in the opening draw of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships in Edmonton, AB.

Tie-breaker set for BC Mixed Curling Championship

Tom Buchy & Ken McHargue will play in a tie-breaker this afternoon at the 2011 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship in Prince Rupert. Both teams finished in a tie for the third and final playoff spot with 4-3 records.

The winner will advance to tomorrow’s semi-final against Duncan’s Wes Craig; and the winner of that game will play Chilliwack’s Doug Marshall in the Championship final. [Read more…]

Welcome back Minister Ida Chong

On March 14, Christy Clark was officially sworn into office as the Premier of British Columbia and with that, she named a cabinet of 17 Ministers. Included in this announcement was a change in the Minister responsible for Sport.

Minister Ida Chong, moved from sport in last October’s cabinet shuffle, returns as the Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development, while our previous Minister Stephanie Cadieux will now preside over the Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government.

Click here to watch a news report video of Minister Ida Chong taking part in the Capital One Rocks & Rings Program media launch in Victoria earlier this year.

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