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CCA’s NCC and AGM highlight another successful curling season

OTTAWA, June 24, 2011…The Canadian Curling Association National Curling Congress (NCC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) were held in Ottawa from June 16-18.

“This year’s National Curling Congress saw several changes which we believe helped enhance the overall experience for all attending delegates. The spirit of the membership was very positive and truly embodied the collaborative efforts on behalf of the CCA and all its Member Associations,” explained Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association. “I would like to sincerely thank the NCC Planning Committee for their work related to this event and the introduction of a curling summit which produced comprehensive education and dialogue for the benefit of our sport.”

The CCA is pleased to report that, for a fourth consecutive year, it will finish the fiscal year in the black with a continued positive financial outlook. The Association showed a financial surplus of $640,727 for the year 2010 – 2011.

The newly created Curling Assistance Program (CAP) received another significant boost with the CCA Board of Governors approving $300,000 to be allocated into CAP for this coming year. This funding program is a CCA-designed fund that targets projects designed to grow the sport of curling at the community level or to assist capital projects critical to the operation and health of the CCA’s membership. The new 2011-2012 Curling Assistance Program and application details for the CCA’s affiliated curling centres will be available this fall. [Read more…]

Curl BC volunteer positions renewed

Curl BC is pleased to announce that all Curl BC volunteer positions have been renewed for the 2011/12 season.

Thank you to these dedicated volunteers for their hard work this past season and agreeing to continue in these positions.

Provincial Ice Technician, BJ Gagnon
Officiating Coordinator – Dianne Barker
Coach Development Coordinator – Karen Watson
Head Statistician – Mike West

Curl BC would also like to extend a special thank-you to Norm Allen who was Co-Head Statistician in 2010/11, but will not be continuing on in this role.

New inter-regional qualifying process for 2012 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Curl BC is pleased to announce a new inter-regional qualifying process for the 2012 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship to be held at the Parksville Curling Club, February 8-12, 2012.

The past four open qualifying events have now been eliminated and the 16 provincial berths will now be awarded as follows:

• 1 berth to the Defending Champion
• 1 berth to top BC-CTRS Points Leader
• 10 berths to 5 interregional events
       * Kootenays – Regions 1 & 2
       * Thompson / Okanagan – Regions 3,4,7
       * North – Regions 5,6
       * Island – Region 8-10
       * Lower Mainland – Region 11
• 4 berths to an Open Qualifying Event

In order for each inter-regional playdown to receive two berths, they must have 8 or more entries. If an event has only 4-7 teams enter, they will receive one berth and the remaining berth will be reallocated. If a playdown has less than 4 entries, it will be cancelled and teams will be required to enter one of the other inter-regional events. Remaining berths will be reallocated to either the inter-regional event with the most entries and/or the open qualifying event. [Read more…]

Fields set for 2011 Canada Cup

The men’s and women’s teams for the 2011 Canada Cup of Curling, November 30-December 4 at the Recreation Complex in Cranbrook, British Columbia have been finalized.

The women’s field includes reigning Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Amber Holland; defending Canada Cup champion Stefanie Lawton; four-time Canadian and one-time world champion Jennifer Jones and two-time Canada Cup winner and 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Shannon Kleibrink.

The men’s field is headed by the reigning Tim Hortons Brier and Ford World champion Jeff Stoughton, defending Canada Cup champion Glenn Howard; 2010 Olympic gold medallist Kevin Martin and 2010 Capital One world champion Kevin Koe. [Read more…]

Capital One Rocks & Rings a Success in Nelson

In 2010 the Nelson Curling Club embarked on a high profile mission: to be one of the winning communities in the Kraft/TSN Celebration Tour. While ultimately falling just short of winning the community support prize, their journey did raise significant awareness and support. So much so that local donors the Nelson Curling Club, the Nelson Midsummer Bonspiel, and the Osprey Community Foundation stepped up to provide enough funding to partner with Curl BC and become the first community outside of Metro Vancouver to offer the Capital One Rocks & Rings program.

One short year later and results are already being seen. “The program has been extremely well received by students and teachers everywhere we go”, exclaimed Terri Richardson, Vice President of the Nelson Curling Club. “The results were beyond our planned goals. We projected seeing 500 kids with the program in year one and in the end we reached over 1,100”.

Schools are already registering to take the program during the 2011-12 school year, and are incorporating on-ice curling into their winter activities program. Most importantly, the Nelson Curling Club reports its junior membership is up 77% (from 18 to 32) which they directly attribute to the Rocks & Rings program.

The program also allowed the Club to employ youth instructors in delivering it to the kids. “Not only does this program introduce curling to young students in a fun and innovative way, the positive spin-off is that it aids in the positive growth of the young trainees who deliver the program”, explained Richardson.

North Shore Winter Club to host 2012 BC Scotties Tournament of Hearts Curling Championships presented by Best Western

Curl BC is pleased to announce that the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship presented by Best Western has been awarded to the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver. This event will run from January 23-29, 2012. [Read more…]

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