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Rachel Homan joins Team Rockslide

Two-time Scotties, Rachel Homan has joined the coaching team for this year’s Rockslide Summer Camp.

The 2014 World silver medallist will be coaching kids at the camp, as well as contributing to the inaugural Coach Camp.

Homan, who is a trained competition coach, will also assist with Rockslide’s physical training sessions and be on our ‘Ask an athlete’ panel.

Homan, who also won World Junior silver and gold at the Canada Winter Games, will be an excellent inspiration for our young campers.

The coaching team for Rockslide includes:

  • Melissa Soligo
  • Darryl Horne
  • Elaine Dagg-Jackson
  • Jim Cotter
  • Karen Watson
  • Brad Kuhn
  • Dean Joanisse
  • Will Sutton
  • Ashley Nordin
  • Brenda Nordin
  • Shannon Aleksic
  • Kate Horne
  • Brent Giles
  • Doug Dalziel
  • Allison MacInnes
  • Gerry Richard
  • Andy Jones
  • Steve Kopf
  • Corey Chester
  • And more to be added…

If you would like to attend Rockslide then you can register for the participant camp here and Coach camp here.

Photo credit: WCF/Richard Gray

Register for the 2015 Curl BC AGM

Curlers from across BC who want to take part in Curl BC’s Annual General Meeting can now register now.

The AGM is a chance for you and your curling centre to have a say in the decisions made by the governing body for the sport in BC.

The meeting will take place on Sunday, May 31, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby.

People can take part in the AGM in person, or participate from anywhere in BC by calling into the meeting.

Every affiliated member centre can send as many people as they want to the AGM, but only one person per affiliated centre can vote. Votes can be cast by those on the phone as well.

Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/2015-agm/ to register for the AGM.

If you need to ask someone to vote on your behalf, please complete this form and return it to wsutton@curlbc.ca.

An awards banquet will take place at the same venue the evening before the AGM in honour of the 2015 Curl BC Annual Award winners.

The deadline to nominate people for the Curl BC Annual Awards is April 30.

Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/recognition/curl-bc-annual-awards/ to view the categories and fill out the nomination forms.

BC duo selected to represent Canada at the Youth Olympics

Two junior curlers from BC have been picked to be part of Team Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, tardi middletonNorway.

Tyler Tardi, from Surrey, and Sterling Middleton, who lives in Fort St. John, make up half of the Canadian curling team that will compete at the prestigious international event.

Both curlers represented BC earlier this year when they won bronze at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George where Tyler skipped the Men’s team and Sterling played third.

Speaking about the news, Tardi said: “I’m at a loss for words, it’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to wear the Maple Leaf and that dream has now come true.”

Middleton was equally excited, he said: “It’s an honour to be picked. I’m really happy because it was my goal for this year. So many people wanted to be chosen so it’s pretty special to make the team.

“I’m really looking forward to being on the team with Tyler as I think we meshed well together this year, so it will be great to curl with him again.”

The pair, who are both 16 years old, will be joined by Mary Fay and Karlee Burgess from Nova Scotia who were part of the team that took the Women’s silver at the Canada Winter Games.

Applications for the team were accepted from all Canadian players born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2001. As well as judging the applicants on their curling skill, the selection panel considered community leadership and academic experience.

BC was also represented at the 2012 Youth Olympics when Corryn Brown, from Kamloops, played third on the Canadian team that won bronze.

The 2016 Youth Olympics will take place in Lillehammer from February 12 – 21, 2016.

Be part of the 15th Annual Rick Cotter Junior Spiel

Entry is now open for the 15th Rick Cotter Junior Memorial Classic and it is set to be one of the biggest events yet.

The spiel, which will take place at Vernon Curling Club from October 30 – November 1, was established by Rick whose dream it was to create one of the largest cashspiels in BC to allow junior teams to play other top teams and put some dollars into the team account.

Rick sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2005 but the spiel continues to go from strength-to-strength and, with Brier-quality ice and an impressive prize purse, it is now one of the most prestigious junior spiels in Canada.

This year, the organizing committee hopes to attract up to 40 different teams from across Western Canada and award prizes totaling $20,000.

In 2014, the Men’s event was won by Langley’s Team Tardi who beat a Japanese team in the final, whilst the Women’s title was taken by the Brown rink that went on to win bronze at the Canadian Junior Championships later in the season.

This year’s spiel promises to once again be a great opportunity for teams to test themselves against the best of the rest and experience a championship style atmosphere.

If you would like further information, including details of how you can enter, download the registration pack.

BC boys narrowly miss out on a medal at U18 Optimist International

BC’s Team McCrady came extremely close to making the podium at the 2015 U18 Optimist International Championships but unfortunately had to settle to fourth.Team McCrady

The young rink, which consists of skip Matthew McCrady, third Zac Curtis, Liam Purgavie and lead Jacob Umbach, lost the bronze medal game against Quebec 4-3 after giving up a steal of one in an extra end.

Team McCrady, which curls out of Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, made a strong start to the Championships with victories against Alberta, Washington and New York which secured them a semi-final spot.

A loss to Ontario in the semi-final put them into a bronze medal match-up against Quebec.

The BC boys were trailing 2-0 after four ends but rallied in the second half of the game with a single and two steals to give them a 3-2 lead going into the eighth. Quebec then scored one to level the game at 3-3 and force an extra end. Whilst McCrady had hammer, their opposition was able to maintain their momentum and make a crucial steal to clinch the bronze.

Team McCrady was hampered by flu throughout the event and even had to use a spare to cover for Purgavie for three games, fortunately Andrew Taylor (who skipped Newfoundland at the Canada Winter Games and was at the event cheering on his sister) was willing to join the team.

In the Girls event, BC was represented by the Lower Mainland’s Team Drexel who finished tenth.Drexel optimist

Skip Heather Drexel, and her team of third Sarah Loken, second Bailey Burke, lead Catera Park and fifth Kylie Karoway, won games against Japan and Northwest Territories on their way to securing the tenth spot.

Both Team McCrady and Team Drexel had won the right to represent the province by winning the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Championships in Lake Cowichan at the beginning of March.

To view all the results from the U18 Optimist International, visit the Curling Zone website.

Attend the first ever Rockslide Coach Camp

This summer we will be holding the first ever Rockslide Coach Camp, allowing coaches of juvenile and junior teams to brush up their skills and learn from others.

The two day event, which will run twice during the main Rockslide Summer Camp, will include talks from some of BC’s best coaches, networking opportunities and hands-on coaching with Rocksliders.
Any coach who attends the Coach Camp will also receive three Professional Development Points.

Speaking about this new opportunity, Head Coach Darryl Horne said: “We are one of the first camps in the world to do this. The development of coaches is just as important as the development of the kids and this camp will help them become more confident, more competent and enjoy coaching more.”If you are interested in attending the camp, further details are listed below:

  • Location: Kelowna Curling Club
  • Dates: Camp 1 – July 7-8, Camp 2- July 9 & 10, 2015 (approx. 14 hrs. over 2 days) Please note, both camps will contain the same content so you only need to register for one set of dates.
  • Cost: $150.00 + 5% tax = $157.50 (includes snacks, lunches, dinners and resource material).
  • Register online: here
  • Registration deadline: June 1, 2015 – 11:45 p.m.
  • PD Points: Certified Competition Coaches receive three PD Points
  • Maximum participants: 15 coaches per camp – first come first served
  • Prerequisites: Must be an active Junior or Juvenile coach in BC. Must be a trained club coach, club coach youth or a trained or certified competition coach. You can attend this camp even if the curlers who you coach are not attending Rockslide.
  • Rockslide Coach Camp Objective: Improve coaching skill and knowledge of coaches throughout the province. Multiply the impact of knowledge sharing by seasoned coaches.

Why register?

  • Gain insights from some of BC’s most experienced coaches
  • Network with other coaches
  • Enhance your skill
  • Increase your knowledge
  • Feel more prepared for the start of the 2015-16 season
  • Take your knowledge beyond NCCP training to hands-on coaching

Sports coaches invited to sign up for SOAR training in Prince George

Later this month, Prince George will play host to Curl BC’s first SOAR instructor training session of the year and sports coaches from across the area are invited to attend.

The SOAR program, which Curl BC runs in partnership with Tennis BC and BC 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 Curling Canada 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 April 26-29, 2015, at Blackburn Elementary School in Prince George.

To register for the course or find out more, visit the sign-up page or download the flyer.

BC’s Team Lepine is crowned Canadian champion

Lepine with national trophyBC’s Team Lepine has won the 2015 Canadian Women’s Master Curling Championships by defeating top seeds Ontario in the final.

The team, who curl out of Langley and Cloverdale, took the national title when they stole a crucial single in the eighth end of the final at the Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon. They are the first BC women’s team to ever win the Canadian Masters crown.

Skip Karen, alongside third Susan Beuk, second Agnes Sigurdson and lead Donna Christian, had lost to Ontario earlier in the week but were able to bounce back to claim the title in Sunday’s final.

Speaking after the game, Karen said: “I felt very calm going into the final. I had been runner up in the Canadian seniors and the mixed so it was nice to have a chance to be able to play in a Canadian final again.

“In the eighth end, we had to steal. We all made our shots and we had a piece of the button, with two perfect guards, forcing Ontario to draw to the button on the other side.

“We are proud to be able to say that BC brought home the gold. It was very special to play with my sister, Susan, my long time friend Agnes and my new friend Donna who stepped in to play with us four days before the zone playdowns started after a team mate was injured. I also appreciated having my hubby Craig there to coach us along as he was a calming factor for me.”

The rink had a 7-2 record after the pool stages and qualified for the gold medal game in impressive style with a 7-0 victory in their semi-final against Manitoba.

Team Lepine earned the right to wear the BC jackets by becoming provincial champions at the 2015 BC Master Championships which was held in Nanaimo in March.

The BC Men’s team came close to medal success too but had to settle for fourth place after they lost 7-0 to Nova Scotia in the bronze medal game.

The team, which consists of skip Ralph Will, third Gerald Kent, second Laddie Pavlis and lead Peter Sweetman, hail from Cranbrook. They had achieved a 6-3 record in the pool stages but missed out on a shot at gold when they lost a close semi-final to number one seeds, and eventual champions, Manitoba.

Rockslide Summer Camp: A camper’s perspective


In 2014 Kylie Karoway, who recently became a BC Juvenile champion, attended Rockslide Summer Camp for the first time. In her blog, she explains what she liked about it and why you should join her at Camp this summer.

Kylie's Story

Kylie rockslide

I first heard about Rockslide from my mom’s friend as her son was going so she suggested that my mom send me and my brother to it as well. I had just put together a new team so they decided to go too so that we could see if we worked well
as a team.

Before I went to Rockslide, I was starting to lose my enthusiasm for curling and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep curling but I had a great time at the camp. We did lots of different sorts of things when we were there. First of all we were put into groups depending on our skill level and I was in one of the lower level groups. Obviously, because it’s a curling camp, we spent quite a bit of time on the ice curling. We had the chance to work with different coaches on certain parts of our game like delivery. I had been curling for about three years so I knew all of the basics but I wanted to improve and work on certain skills ,so it really helped to focus on these with the coaches.

We worked on other things off the ice as well. For example, we did a session on conditioning and keeping in shape in the off-season so that you don’t get out there for your first game and feel like you’ll pass out! We also had some talks on things like mental preparation and ways that you can read your team and know their strengths so that you can curl better together. We did some fun team-building activities too. For one of them we were in pairs and we had an egg which we had to throw back and forth without breaking it and then we did a bigger version of that with the whole group where it was a water balloon which we had throw and stop from bursting. Another cool task that we did in teams was trying to build the tallest structure we could out of marshmallows and wooden poles without it falling over.

My favourite thing that we did during the camp was a mini-sports day. We were put into different teams which were named after animals (I was a donkey!) and we had to do a big obstacle course which included things like throwing boccia balls into buckets, jumping over chairs and sliding through a soapy tarp whilst being sprayed with a hose. It was so much fun and a great way to get to know new people.

The atmosphere at the camp was great. It was just like hanging out with friends. Because people come from all over BC, and even from Alberta, I didn’t know lots of people there but you spend 12-hours a day with your group so they feel like friends or family by the end of the week. I’ve kept in touch with about five or six new people who I met at the camp and we chat on Facebook so it’s definitely a good way to meet new people.

I had a great time at Rockslide, it was really good fun and my curling definitely improved. It also rebuilt my passion for the sport and inspired me to keep curling. I can’t wait to go to this year’s camp.

Kylie’s top 5 reasons to go to Rockslide

  1. You get to meet lots of new people. There are campers from all over BC so you make friends who you would never normally have met.
  2. You can work with lots of different coaches. Because there are so many coaches, there’s a variety of coaching techniques and ways of teaching which makes a nice change and you learn new things.
  3. It is great for team bonding. If you’re part of a team, it’s really fun to go together and get to know them better and find out how to work well together.
  4. Your curling improves. During the camp you do so many different activities that help your game and you learn new tactics and techniques which are really useful. It’s also a great introduction to the sport if you haven’t done it before as it’s like a tester trial. My cousin, who had never curled before, went to the camp last year and enjoyed it and he then curled for all of the last season.
  5.  It will make you realise how awesome curling is. Going to Rockslide reinspired me and I rediscovered a new love of curling.
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