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Sign up for SOAR instructor training in Prince George

In January, Prince George will play host to Curl BC’s first SOAR instructor training event of 2015 and sports coaches from across the area are invited to attend.

The SOAR program, which Curl BC runs in partnership with Tennis BC and British Columbia Golf, is designed to help elementary school students develop their basic movement and co-ordination skills whilst trying three great sports. The program is funded by RBC’s nationwide Learn to Play initiative.

The training will take place over four days and act as an introduction to Playground to Fairway School Golf, Progressive Tennis, and Rocks & Rings floor curling. The first day will cover a range of topics including lesson plans, SOAR program management and long term athlete development. All of these skills are then implemented on the other three days when coaches will be mentored as they deliver the programme to elementary students in grades 1-7.

Once attendees have completed the training and secured a Criminal Record check they will be qualified to deliver SOAR workshops in schools.

The training event will be held from  January 11-14, 2015, at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary School in Prince George.

To register for the course or find out more, click here.

2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships get under way

The 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships have begun at Parksville Curling Club on Vancouver Island.

The event sees the best eight Junior Men’s and eight Junior Women’s teams in the province go head-to-head, climaxing in the finals on January 3 which will be televised on Sportsnet.

The end-by-end results of all draws can be viewed on the Playdowns website under the British Columbia (Curl BC) tab.

Admission to the championships is free. For information about event visit the Parksville Curling Club website.

Jim Hoffman, Chair of the host committee, said: “We are very proud to be hosting this event and we’re looking forward to welcoming some of the best young curlers in BC to Parksville. It will undoubtedly be an exciting few days of curling and we hope lots of people will come and enjoy the action, which they can watch for free.”

On the Junior Women’s side, eight teams are battling for the title, including several medallists from last year’s event.

Team Daniels, from Delta Thistle Curling Club and Royal City Curling Club, is made up of three gold medallists from the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships. Sarah Daniels (skip), Marika Van Osch (third) and Megan Daniels (lead) will be hoping to repeat last year’s success alongside their new teammate Dezaray Hawes (second).

The 2013 Canadian Junior Champions, the Brown rink from Kamloops Curling Club, are back and hoping to regain their title. The team, which is skipped by Corryn Brown with Erin Pincott at third, Samantha Fisher at second and Sydney Fraser as lead, also took silver at last year’s BC Junior Championships.

Another team competing in the Junior Women’s event is Team Jensen which is skipped by 2014 bronze medallist Shawna Jensen. Shawna will be joined by third Katherine Silversides, second Michaela Douglas, lead Rebecca Douglas and fifth Sarah McCrady.

Vancouver Island’s Team Coulombe, who represent Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, are also competing at the Championships. The rink is made up of skip Mariah Coulombe, third Bailey Tinkler, second Jordan Koster and lead Sydney Brilz.

They are joined by Team Zucchet who represent Chilliwack Curling Club. The foursome consists of skip Kirsten Zucchet, third Cailin Cooke, second Everly Royea and lead Jasmi Jani.

Also competing is Team Egan from the Coquitlam Curling Centre. The team is skipped by Briana Egan, and is rounded out by third Caitlin Campbell, second Janice Pang, lead Angelique Miller and fifth Sienna Yang.
The Vernon Curling Centre is represented at the event by Team Fisher which is made up of skip Cierra Fisher, third Sydney Hofer, second Kylie Tokairin and lead Jaelyn Cotter.

The field is rounded out by Team Connell who travelled 900km from Prince George to compete. The team consists of skip Alyssa Connell, third Bailey Eberherr, second Jordan Henson and lead Erin Ross.

On the Junior Men’s side, Team Tanaka, who represent Abbotsford Curling Club, has returned to the Championships. The team, who came joint fourth last year, are skipped by Cody Tanaka and rounded out by Kyle Habkirk (third), Travis Cameron (second) and Donny Mackintosh (lead).

There are two Men’s teams from the Island competing in Parksville. From Victoria Curling Centre there is Team Henderson, which is made up of skip Paul Henderson, third Duncan Silversides, second Benton Boychuk-Chorney, lead Jacob Zorn and fifth Tim Henderson. They are joined by fellow Islanders Team Croteau, who curls at the Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre. Connor Croteau skips the team with Matt MacDonald playing third, Derek Chandler at second and Scott Gray at lead.

One of the team’s competing at the Championships for the first time is Team Carpenter from Royal City Curling Club. The team is made up of skip Brayden Carpenter, third Tyler Proctor, second Matthew Chan, lead Breyden Chong and fifth Horace Mak.

They are joined by fellow debutants Team Bartlett. The team, who play at Grand Forks Curling Club and Invermere Curling Club, is made up of skip Zane Bartlett, third Sam Gaspar, second Logan Powell and lead Jordan Field.

There are two Vernon rinks competing for the Men’s title; they are Team Love and Team Schiman. Team Love consists of skip Thomas Love, third Erik Colwell, second Brendan Chapple and lead Johnathan Schwartz. Matt Schiman, who competed at the Championships last year, will return to skip Team Schiman alongside third Jesse Monette, second Ben Morin, lead Adam Raber and fifth Brandon Makar.

The final team in the Men’s draw will be Team Loeppky of Prince Rupert Curling Club. The team is skipped by Jonathan Loeppky, the third is David Bartel, second is Matthew Dann, lead is Brock Griffin and fifth is Thomas Dann.

The winning Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s teams will travel to the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, from January 24 – February 1, 2015.

Click here to view the TV schedule for 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships on Sportsnet.

Calling all athletes and coaches – learning opportunity

Curl BC High Performance Program is excited to announce for the first time, a presentation by, CCA IST Lead and Mental Performance Consultant, Kyle Paquette.

We will be focusing on Championship Preparation with a focus on rest and recovery.

Kyle is the Mental Performance Consultant and IST Program Lead for the Canadian Curling Association’s National Team Program. In addition, Kyle works as a consultant for the Canadian Olympic Committee. He has been a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association for five years. In 2012, he was awarded the Association’s first Young Professional Award for his outstanding consulting work with athletes and coaches from various provincial and national sport organizations. Kyle holds two university degrees in sport psychology and related fields, and is currently completing the final year of a doctoral degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, specializing in the psychosocial sciences of sport, physical activity and health. Kyle has presented his research and applied work at numerous national and international conferences.
We are very excited to have Kyle come to BC and share his knowledge and expertise with our BC athletes.

This session is FREE to all Curl BC High Performance Program athletes and open to others outside of the program at a charge of $15.00/person + tax.

Please click here to register and pay to save a seat. Space is limited.

Location: Fortius Sport & Health – 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC
Date: Sunday, January 11th
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 7th.

The countdown is on

 

Team Daniels seattle crop

It is less than two months until the start of the Canada Winter Games and Sarah Daniels, the skip for the BC women’s team, has been updating us on how their preparations are going.

“Our training is going pretty good so far, it can be difficult at times because we live far apart as Dezaray and I live in the lower mainland whilst Cierra and Sydney curl in Kamloops and Vernon so it’s hard to get together but for curling it is worth it. I think by Games time we’ll be ready. We’ve had some practice sessions and taken part in a couple of spiels. This weekend we’re competing in a holiday themed one in Seattle and each team has a name – we’re the four calling birds! Our first match is against the US champions from a few years ago so it should be good. (Editor’s note: They won the B event.)

Going to the Games is going to be great. Besides the BC Winter Games, it will be the first multi-sport event I’ve played at before. I’ve been to lots of spiels and the provincials and things but I think this will be different and a bigger deal so I’m excited about it.

We normally play in a team of four but we will be part of a much bigger team this time. I’m hoping that with it being in BC there will be lots of support and an awesome atmosphere.
It will be fun to see the different sports and hopefully people from other sports will come and watch us curl. Obviously we had the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and lots of people saw curling and liked it so hopefully that will happen again. It’s a good sport as there’s patience involved and it’s quite strategic so it should appeal to lots of people.”

You can find out why all of Team Daniels loves curling and what they are most looking forward to about the Games by visiting the Curl BC YouTube channel.

Sarah and Tyler Tardi, the BC Canada Games Men’s skip, recently took part in the funny Curling Zone series Cullen and the Curler – watch their episode.

Ten rinks secure spots for the BC Men’s Curling Championship

After a close fought weekend of action, ten men’s curling teams have secured spots for the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

Clubs from across the province will be represented at the Championships as the qualifying events saw teams spread from Victoria to Kimberley triumph.

Men’s teams without a berth now have just one more chance to qualify for the championship – at an open playdown taking place at Peace Arch Curling Club (White Rock) January 9-11 2015.

In a repeat of last year’s result, the A event winner from the playdowns held at Comox Valley Curling Centre was Team Dangerfield, representing Victoria Curling Centre. The rink consists of skip Neil Dangerfield, third Denis Sutton, second Darren Boden and lead Glen Allen.

A team from Victoria Curling Club also won the B event. Team Baier, which is Skip Chris Baier, third Michael Johnson, second Corey Chester and lead Sanjay Bowry, secured their berth by defeating Team Montgomery with a single in the final end.

Team Montgomery bounced back to qualify through the C event though. The team, which is made up of skip Jason Montgomery, third Jody Epp, second Miles Craig, and lead Will Duggan, secured an 11-4 win in their final game.

The Okanagan playdowns, which were held at Vernon Curling Club, produced two winners from Kamloops.

Team DeCap came through two close games to win the A event. Skip Scott DeCap, third Ron Douglas, second Pat DeCap and lead Grant Olsen all hail from Kamloops.

Team Nelson recovered from losing to their clubmates in the A event final to claim the B event qualification spot. The team is skipped by Darren Nelson and is rounded out by third Russ Koffski, second Jared Jenkins and lead Adam Windsor.

Four rinks qualified from the lower mainland playdowns at Cloverdale Curling Club.

The winners of the A event were Team Geall who play out of Royal City Curling Club. The team consists of Skip Sean Geall, third Andrew Bilesky, second Steve Kopf and lead Mark Olson.

The B event was also won by a Royal City rink, Team McArdle. Skip Ken McArdle plays alongside third Chase Martyn, second Cody Johnston and lead Will Sutton.

The other two qualifiers from the lower mainland came through the C event. Team Schnieder from Vancouver Curling Club who secured a berth are skipped by Stephen Schnieder with Jeff Guinard at third, Shawn Eklund at second and Brent Amos at lead. They will be joined at the Championships by Team Dezura who curl out of the Golden Ears Winter Club, they are skip Grant Dezura, third Kevin Mackenzie, second Kevin Recksiedler and lead Jamie Smith.

The final qualifier of the weekend was Team Buchy who came through the Kootenay playdown at Nelson Curling Club undefeated. The rink of skip Tom Buchy, third Dave Stephenson, Dave Toffolo and lead Darren Will hail from the Kimberley Curling Club.

To see the results of Curl BC playdowns, visit www.playdowns.com and search under the British Columbia (Curl BC) tab.

These 10 teams will battle for the title alongside Team Pierce, who qualified as Canadian Team Ranking System points winners, and defending champions Team Cotter. The 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship takes place from February 3-8, 2015, at the Vernon Curling Club. Visit http://cdimens2015.curlbc.ca for more information about the event or to purchase tickets.

Final contenders for BC Scotties title decided

The final line-up for the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, has been decided.

Women’s teams met at the Golden Ears Winter Club this weekend to battle for the final two berths for the BC Scotties, which take place at the same venue from January 21-25, 2015.
The A event winner was Team Van Osch who represent Nanaimo Curling Club. The rink was skipped by defending champion Kesa Van Osch, alongside her sister Kalia Van Osch who plays third, second Trysta Vandale and lead Kelsey Steiger.

The B event winner was Team Lewis from Royal City Club. The team, who played seven games over the weekend, is made up of skip Kristy Lewis, third Jody Maskiewich, second Barbara Zbeetnoff and lead Jenn Howard.

These two rinks will be joined at the Scotties by the three teams who qualified at an earlier open event which took place at Kelowna Curling Club in November.
November’s A event winners was Team Wark who are skipped by Sarah Wark who was part of the team which recently came third in the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships. She is joined by third Simone Brosseau, second Michelle Allen and lead Rachelle Kallechy.

The B event winner in Kelowna was Team Russett from Kamloops Curling Club. The team is skipped by Amanda Russett, third is Crista Sanbrooks, second is Ashley Nordin and the team is rounded out by lead Courtney Karwandy.

The Kelowna C event winner was Team Knezevic from Prince George. The foursome is made up of skip Patti Knezevic, third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda Camozzi.
The field for the Championships in January is completed by Team Gushulak and Team Scott, who both qualified as Canadian Team Ranking System points winners, and defending champions Team Sivertson.

For more information about the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, visit http://bcscotties2015.curlbc.ca.

The BC Scotties semi-finals and finals on January 25 will be broadcast on Sportsnet. To see the TV schedule, click here.

Team Pierce qualify for the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance Men’s Championships

 

The first team to qualify for the 2015 Men’s Championships was declared this week.

Team Pierce, who qualified as Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points winners, will join defending champions Team Cotter at the event in February.

There are still a further 14 berths up for grabs, 10 of these will be decided at the upcoming regional events and the other four will be awarded at an open qualifying event.

This year’s Championships, which will be televised on Sportsnet, take place at Vernon Curling Club from February 3 -8.

We will announce further qualifications as they happen, follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date.

Curl BC reveals announcers for three championship events

It will be an exciting start to the New Year for curlers in BC, with the 2015 Tim Hortons Junior Curling Championship finals being aired on Sportsnet.

The broadcast, part of a 10-year agreement between Sportsnet and Curl BC, will cover the junior women’s and junior men’s finals which take place on Saturday, January 3, 2015. The junior women’s final will air starting at 9 a.m. and the junior men’s final will air starting at 1:30 p.m.* with world silver medallist Melissa Soligo and sportscaster Rob Faulds returning as announcers for the event .

In addition to the Junior Championships, Sportsnet will also be broadcasting the semi final and final of the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, and semi final and final of the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

  • The women’s semi final will air starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 25 and the final will air starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 25.* The announcers for this event will be Melissa Soligo and sports reporter Roger Millions.
  • The men’s semi final will air starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, and the final will air starting at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 8.* This event will be announced by World Curling Champion Pat Ryan and Roger Millions.

All 2015 Curl BC events will air on Sportsnet Pacific, except for the junior men’s final, which will air on Sportsnet One.

Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said he was looking forward to working with Sportsnet on these broadcasts, which will showcase the best curlers in the province.

“We really enjoyed working with Sportsnet in 2014 and we are excited for our 2015 championship season. We have no doubt there will be some exciting action to showcase.”

The 2015 Tim Hortons Junior Curling Championships will take place at Parksville Curling Club and will run from December 28, 2014, to January 3, 2015.

The 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, will take place at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge and will run from January 21 to 25, 2015.

The 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at Vernon Curling Club and will run from February 3 to 8, 2015.

In October 2012 it was announced that Curl BC had signed a major 10-year agreement with Sportsnet.

The 10-year agreement gives Sportsnet the rights to air all Curl BC curling championships. Sportsnet signed similar agreements with other provincial curling associations and is therefore able to air provincial championships from BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, attracting a viewerships of well over 200,000.

We will confirm the timings of all of the broadcasts in the run up to the event.

Field is set for the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships

The full line-up for the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships has been decided.

Eight Junior Men’s and eight Junior Women’s teams have now qualified for the junior provincial event which takes place at Parksville Curling Club from December 28 2014 – January 3 2015.

The Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s finals will be televised on Sportsnet on January. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for the TV schedule.

On the Junior Men’s side, Team Tanaka will be returning to the Championships after defeating Team Horvath – a foursome which contained two 2014 gold medallists – in the A Event. The team, who represent Abbotsford Curling Club, also competed last year. They are skipped by Cody Tanaka and the team is rounded out by Kyle Habkirk (Third), Travis Cameron (Second) and Donny Mackintosh (Lead).

Another team competing is Team Henderson, from the Victoria Curling Centre, who qualified in the Coastal Playdowns B event, with Skip Paul Henderson, Third Duncan Silversides, Second Benton Boychuk-Chorney, Lead Jacob Zorn and Fifth Tim Henderson.

They will be joined by fellow Islanders Team Croteau who qualified from the C Event. The team, who curl at the Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, is made up of Connor Croteau who skips the team with Matt MacDonald playing Third, Derek Chandler at Second and Scott Gray at Lead.

Team Carpenter, from Royal City Curling Club, also qualified in the Coastal C Event. The team is made up of Skip Brayden Carpenter, Third Tyler Proctor, Second Matthew Chan and Lead Breyden Chong.

The winner of the Kootenay playdown, and qualifier for the Interior region, is Team Bartlett. The team, who play at Grand Forks Curling Club and Invermere Curling Club, is made up of Skip Zane Bartkett, Third Sam Gaspar, Second Logan Powell and Lead Jordan Field

The junior men from the Coastal playdowns will be joined at the Championships by two rinks from Vernon Curling Club, Team Love and Team Schiman. Team Love consists of Skip Thomas Love, Third Erik Colwell, Second Brendan Chapple and Lead Johnathan Schwartz. Matt Schiman, who competed at the Championships last year, will return to skip Team Schiman alongside Third Jesse Monette, Second Ben Morin and Lead Adam Raber.

The final team in the Men’s draw will be Team Loeppky of Prince Rupert Curling Club. The team is skipped by Jonathan Loeppky, the Third is David Bartel, Second is Matthew Dann, Lead is Brock Griffin and Fifth is Thomas Dann.

Whilst there will be quite a few curlers making their Championship debut on the Men’s side, the Junior Women’s draw contains several familiar faces including members of all three medal winning teams from last year.

Team Daniels, who qualified in the Coastal A Event, is made up of three gold medallists from the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships. Sarah Daniels (Skip), Marika Van Osch (Third) and Megan Daniels (Lead) will be hoping to repeat last year’s success alongside their new teammate Dezaray Hawes (Second).

The 2013 Canadian Junior Champions, Team Brown, will also be competing after they qualified at the Okanagan playdown. The team from Kamloops Curling Club is skipped by Corryn Brown, Third is Erin Pincott, Second is Samantha Fisher and Lead is Sydney Fraser. It is the same rink that won the national title two years ago and took silver at last year’s BC Junior Championships.

Shawna Jensen, who was a bronze medallist in 2014, will this year skip a team made up of curlers from three different locations – Powell River Curling Club, Juan de Fuca Curling Centre and Delta Thistle Curling Club. Skip Shawna will be joined by Third Katherine Silversides, Second Michaela Douglas, Lead Rebecca Douglas and Fifth Sarah McCrady after they qualified in the C and F Event at the Coastal playdown.

Vancouver Island’s Team Coulombe, who represent Victoria Curling Club and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, will also be competing at the Championships. The rink is made up of Skip Mariah Coulombe, Third Bailey Tinkler, Second Jordan Koster and Lead Sydney Brilz. The team qualified in the A and B Event at the Coastal playdown.

Another team who qualified from the Coastal A and B Event is Team Zucchet, who represent Chilliwack Curling Club. The foursome consists of Skip Kirsten Zucchet, Third Cailin Cooke, Second Everly Royea and Lead Jasmi Jani.

The final team to qualify at the Coastal playdown was Team Egan from the Coquitlam Curling Centre. The team is skipped by Briana Egan, and is rounded out by Third Caitlin Campbell, Second Janice Pang, Lead Angelique Miller and Fifth Sienna Yang.

They will be joined at the Championships by Team Fisher, representing the Vernon Curling Centre, who made it through the Okanagan A and B Event. The team is made up of Skip Cierra Fisher, Third Sydney Hofer, Second Kylie Tokairin and Lead Jaelyn Cotter – daughter of 2014 Brier star Jim Cotter.

The final team rounding out the field will be Team Connell from Prince George. The team consists of Skip Alyssa Connell, Third Bailey Eberherr, Second Jordan Henson and Lead Erin Ross.

The results of Curl BC playdowns can be viewed on http://www.playdowns.com/ under the British Columbia (Curl BC) tab.

Admission to the championships is free. For information about the Parksville Curling Club, visit http://www.parksvillecurling.com.

Dozens of kids enjoy an afternoon of free sport

Over 50 young people had the chance to try a host of different sports as part of a free ‘come and try’ afternoon in Burnaby on Friday.

The kids were able to have a go at sports ranging from curling and tennis to golf and kayak, as well as finding out more about all ten of the sports that were on show.

The afternoon of activity was organized by Curl BC to tie in with RBC’s Sports Day in Canada which encourages everyone across the country to get active.

Heidi Cogan from Burnaby brought her children – Sean aged seven and Molly aged four – to the event at Fortius Sport and Health. Speaking of the experience, she said: ‘I decided to bring the kids along as it’s a free day and I want to expose them more to different activities. They haven’t tried most of the sports before so it’s fun for them to try something new.’

Another parent, Paula Carrasco, said: ‘My kids have had so much fun. I was expecting to stay for an hour maximum but it has been impossible to get them to leave!’

The day was also a celebration for a number of sports who were presented with funding from RBC to help them develop programs to get more young people playing sport. Curl BC, British Columbia Golf and Tennis BC collectively received a cheque for $10,000 to continue their collaborative program, SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources), which 12,842 people have benefited from so far.

Scott Braley, Chief Executive of Curl BC, said: “It was great to see so many kids enjoying the variety of sports on offer. Events such as this, and the workshops that we run through the SOAR program, help young people to try different activities and develop new physical skills.

‘Hopefully, by taking part in these experiences, many of the kids will have found a sport they love and will continue to take part in”, he added.

To find out more about the SOAR program visit http://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/introductory/soar/.

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