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Jurgenson claims World Senior Curling title

BC’s Christine Jurgenson, Cheryl Noble, Pat Sanders and Roselyn Craig (alternate – Lena West) won their second World Senior Women’s Curling Championship this past weekend.

The foursome went undefeated through the 11 team round-robin, and scored 2 points in the last end of the semi-final to defeat Switzerland 6-5 and advance to Saturday’s final. Canada faced Sweden in the gold-medal game and opened strong with 3 points in the first end, followed by a blank in the second and steal of 4 in the third. Sweden came back with singles in the fourth and fifth ends, but Canada put the game to rest scoring 2 in the 6th for a 9-2 final.

This is BC’s eighth world curling championship since 2000.

2000 – Kelley Law (Women)
2000 – Greg McAulay (Men)
2000 – Brad Kuhn (Jr. Men)
2007 – Kelly Scott (Women)
2009 – Pat Sanders (Sr. Women)
2009 – Jim Armstrong (Wheelchair)
2011 – Jim Armstrong (Wheelchair)
2011 – Christine Jurgenson (Sr. Women)

High Performance Program accepting applications for next season

The Curl BC High Performance Program is now accepting applications for next season. Please read below for more details. 

To better prepare all B.C. teams for national championships and to provide these teams resources so that they can place more consistently in the top 4 ranking at national championships. The Curl BC resources will focus on all athletes identified in the program in adult, junior, juvenile and wheelchair categories, however the program is open to all athletes.

Our goal as Provincial and Regional Coaches, is to have impact on our BC teams and assist them in advancing their level of development.

Our goal is to increase the number of top 4 finishes in the junior category (male and female) from 6 (over the past 10 years) to 9 over the next 10 years, representing a 50% increase).

Our goal is to increase the number of top 4 finishes in the adult category (male and female) from 8 (over the past 10 years) to 9 over the next 10 years, representing a 13% increase). [Read more…]

Jurgenson undefeated at World Seniors’

Christine Jurgenson and her BC team are at 5-0 at the 2011 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Saint Paul, USA as Team Canada this week. Keep up the great work ladies!

World Senior Curling Championships begin tomorrow

Good luck to BC’s Christine Jurgenson, Cheryl Noble, Pat Sanders and Roselyn Craig as they represent Canada at the 2011 World Senior Curling Championships this upcoming week in Saint Paul, USA. Play begins tomorrow with all results available on the event website.

Cranbrook sport heroes announced during National Volunteer Week

Sport BC will honour six dedicated sport leaders from the City of Cranbrook on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 with the Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Encana.

The public award ceremony, hosted at St. Eugene’s Resort, celebrates the contributions of long-time community sport volunteers. East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett will be in attendance, along with Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak and councilors Denise Pallesen and Jim Wavrecan, to present the winners with their awards and a gift from the Community Sport Hero Awards’ official apparel provider, FIRSTAR Sports Inc.

“Sport volunteers make up the highest percentage of Canada’s voluntary sector, and are our most valuable resource as a sport community,” said Tim Gayda, President and CEO of Sport BC. “It is only fitting to recognize these six long-time community volunteers during National Volunteer Week.”

The following individuals are the outstanding volunteers who were selected by their peers to receive the 2011 Sport BC Community Sport Hero Awards in Cranbrook:

• Joanne Thom, Special Olympics
• Debbie Mandryk, BC/YT Section, Skate Canada
• Darren Sutton, Lacrosse
• Jim Webster, Orienteering
Peter Sweetman, Curling
• Bill Watson, Boxing

The public is invited to help celebrate these individuals at the ceremony, beginning at 6:00pm. Cranbrook is the fifth stop for the Community Sport Hero Awards in 2011.

Curl BC surveys open during the month of April

Curl BC currently has two surveys that we are asking for your feedback in. Click here to view our Accessibility Survey and our Curl BC Satisfaction Survey. Completing these surveys will help us better serve curlers in British Columbia.

Happy National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week runs from April 10-16. Curl BC would like to extend its gratitude to the exorbitant amount of volunteers who devote countless hours to our BC curling communites each year. These individuals are the back-bone of  our sport and no matter what their role, have the interest of curling’s growth, development and sustainability at heart.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, service and/or knowledge this season.

If you have a story about an outstanding volunteer in your curling commity, we’d love to hear from you. Email your story to Robbie Gallaugher at rgallaugher@curlbc.ca.

You can also nominate them for a Curl BC volunteer award by visiting our awards pages. Nominations close April 30.  

Canadian Curling Association announces nominated curlers and coach for 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) has announced the four curlers and coach who will be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee for participation in the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, January 13-22, 2012.

Emily Gray of O’Leary, Prince Edward Island; Corryn Brown of Kamloops, British Columbia, Derek Oryniak of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thomas Scoffin of Whitehorse, Yukon have been selected by the CCA, while the coach and team leader will be Helen Radford of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The selection of the athletes was a comprehensive process combining on-ice performance at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax and a formal application process, which included a written essay, academic excellence, involvement in their communities and interest in other athletic and cultural activities.

“The Canadian Curling Association is very pleased to have completed our formal selection process for the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games,” explained the CCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Stremlaw. “This event will offer an incredible opportunity to these four young athletes to represent Canada not only on the ice, but also as ambassadors of Canada and the sport of curling. This will be an experience that these athletes will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Sixteen countries will participate in the curling competition. Each country will be represented by two junior men and two junior women, who were born between January 1, 1994 and December 31, 1995. [Read more…]

Silver & Gold for BC Master curlers

Manitoba and British Columbia teams split the major honours as the Canadian Master Curling Championships concluded at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club today.

Joyce McDougall’s team from Brandon completed an unbeaten run to the national women’s title, winning eight straight games, and topping the Karin Host team from Richmond, British Columbia 11-5 in the final. Host settled for the silver medal, while the Suzanne Green foursome from Nova Scotia won bronze. McDougall had support from Linda Van Daele, Cheryl Orr, and Karen Dunbar in winning the first women’s crown for Manitoba in the 12-year history of the Canadian Masters’.

The men’s championship went to the Garry Gelowitz team from Kelowna, British Columbia, a 6-3 winner over Manitoba’s John Usackis and his Lac du Bonnet foursome in the final. Gelowitz was backed up by Rob Koffski, Brad Cmolik, and Dennis Case on the way to the third Master Men’s title for British Columbia. Usackis earned the silver medal as the national runner-up, while Ontario’s Layne Noble won the bronze.

Next year’s Canadian Master Curling Championships will be held in the Quebec centres of Boucherville and St. Lambert.

BC Masters play for national titles

Two British Columbia teams have advanced to the championship finals of the Canadian Masters Curling Championships at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club.

Garry Gelowitz skipped his Kelowna team to a 9-5 win over Layne Noble’s Ontario foursome in the men’s page semi-final this morning. Gelowitz will advance to meet Manitoba’s John Usackis for the men’s national Masters title at 2:30pm (CDT) this afternoon.

In the women’s division, the Karin Host team from Richmond pulled out a 6-5 victory over Suzanne Green’s Nova Scotia quartette in the morning semi-final. Host will advance to challenge Manitoba’s Joyce McDougall and her Brandon team in the women’s title game (also at 2:30pm CDT) at the Assiniboine Memorial club.

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