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Receive $1,000 to support your curling and studies

Due to the generosity of curling fans across the country, Curling Canada is once again offering ten For The Love of Curling scholarships.

Each of the scholarships, which are funded by donations from the general public, is worth $1,000 and is aimed at helping young curlers balance the costs of school and competition.

The application process for the scholarships is now open and competitive curlers who will be studying at a Canadian university or college in 2015/16 are encouraged to apply.

The scholarships are primarily aimed at athletes who have competed at provincial level or above, maintained a high level of academic standing and show commitment to curling by volunteering, coaching or instructing within the sport.

Kalia Van Osch and Corryn Brown, who have both won the BC Junior Women’s title, received For The Love of Curling scholarships in 2014.

Speaking about the scholarship, Kalia said: “The money I received from this scholarship was put directly towards my University tuition and also to the entry costs for a World Curling Tour event this past season. It has allowed me to focus more on my education and competitive curling than on the costs of both.

Adding, “As I aged out of Juniors, this past season was my first time on a ladies team and many new challenges presented themselves. I was able to channel my efforts into starting off my ladies career right and was able to learn valuable skills for the future.”

The deadline for applying for a scholarship is June 30, 2015 and successful applicants will be notified by August 15. You can download the application form here.

For more information about the scholarships, download Curling Canada’s Eligibility and FAQ guide.

Keep on curling this summer

Now that the season has drawn to a close, most of you have probably packed away your curling kit in favour of golf clubs and beachwear.
But, if you are craving some curling, there are still lots of opportunities to step on this ice this summer.
Whether you want to brush up your skills at a camp or have some competitive fun by entering a bonspiel, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Spiels

  • Seattle Granite Summer Spiel – June 12-14 
    A popular spiel south of the border that has marked the start of summer curling for many years. A number of BC teams have already entered including BC Senior Men’s champion Wes Craig and 2014 BC Scotties gold medallist Kesa Van Osch.
    Find out more.
  • Canada Day Summer Spiel, Kelowna Curling Club – July  17-19
    Don’t let the name fool you, this Canada Day spiel is actually being held in mid-July and each team will be guaranteed six games, as well as four meals.
    Find out more.
  • Powell River Summer Open – July 9-12
    This Sunshine Coast spiel could double as a mini-holiday as entry includes free camping and pick-up from the ferry.
    Find out more.
  • Osoyoos Midsummer Mixed Open – August 12-16
    First founded in 1979, the Osoyoos Midsummer Spiel is designed to provide competitors with a mix of curling and off-ice time so they can enjoy the region’s great wine tours and golf courses. This year’s theme is Tacky Tourists!
    Find out more.
  • Cowichan Summerspiel – August 27-30
    There’s a whole weekend of fun taking place at Lake Cowichan this summer. As well as the four-event Mixed Bonspiel, there will be a golf tournament, two dinners and entertainment on the Saturday night.
    Find out more.
  • Parksville Summer Mixed – August 27-30
    Hot on the heels of the Parksville Four Foot curling camp comes the club’s Summer Mixed Spiel. When you’re not competing you will be able to make the most of the summer as the club is located right next to the beach.
    Find out more.
  • Kerry Park Mixed Summerspiel – September 10-13
    2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Kerry Park Summer spiel in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. The theme for this year’s spiel is Pajama Party and it includes a BBQ steak dinner on the Saturday night.
    Find out more.

Camps

  • Rockslide Summer Camp, Kelowna – July 7-10
    This year’s Rockslide promises to be bigger and better than ever. As well as all the usual great activities, we have added both a coaches’ camp and a spiel to the event.
    Find out more.
  • Four Foot Curling
    Offering curlers of all skill levels the chance to be coached by experienced instructors, Four Foot Camps are the only curling camp of their kind. This year there are three camps taking place:
    – Mixed Doubles, Kelowna – July 13-14
    – Kelowna Camp – July 15-17
    – Parksville Camp – August 24-27.

Team BC crowned Canadian champions

BC’s Team Austgarden has become the Canadian Wheelchair Curling champion after defeating Quebec 11-1 in the gold medal game.

The victory by the rink, which contained three past champions, means that BC has now won the title five times since its inception in 2004.

The team of skip Gerry Austgarden, third Darryl Neighbour, second Frank LaBounty, lead Alison Duddy and coach Brad Burton finished third in the pool stage.

The rink, which is based at Richmond Curling Centre, then won a nail-biting extra end victory against Saskatchewan and defeated Manitoba, the reigning champions, 10-3 to secure their place in the final.

Quebec, who won the title in 2013, had qualified automatically for final having lost just one game throughout the pool and playoff stages.

In the gold medal game, Quebec scored a single in the first end before BC applied the pressure by scoring two in the second and then stealing in every end before sealing the win with a four-ender in the seventh.

Speaking after the event, Austgarden said: “I was definitely nervous going into the final. The team played so well in the semi-final and I thought if we played like that again in the final we would have a chance – as it turned out we played even better.”

The BC rink included some of Canada’s most decorated wheelchair curlers as it is the fourth time LaBounty has won gold, whilst Neighbour has been champion twice before and Austgarden was on the winning team in 2006.

Austgarden explained that it was a memorable win when he said: “This win ranks right up there; it is probably the second best experience, only behind winning the Paralympic gold medal in 2006. It’s special because I was the skip and had some good and not so good games throughout the week, but made some very important shots when we needed them. Also, I was curling with some good friends/great players and I proved to myself that I can still play this game at a very high level.”

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