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Curlers across BC to benefit from over $820,000 of funding

Eight curling centres in BC are going to be given a new lease on life after receiving grants totalling almost $830,000.

The clubs, which include Dawson Creek Curling Club, Nanaimo Curling Club and Kamloops Curling Club, are all beneficiaries of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

The Program is part of the Government investment into improving local infrastructure across the country to create a lasting legacy to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Dawson Creek Curling Club is set to receive $500,000 to help them recover from technical problems that caused them to close for the majority of the 2014/15 season.

An ammonia leakage in December last year forced both the curling club and the memorial rink to shut down, and left the facility in jeopardy of permanent closure.

The $500,000 grant, along with additional financial support from the City, ensures that the club can replace both the refrigeration system and the cement pad that the ice sheets sit on. These changes will not only benefit the curlers but will also allow the facility to host community events and trade shows.

Speaking about the grant, Club Manager Jeff Ginter said: “We are ecstatic to partner with the City of Dawson Creek and Western Economic Diversification Canada as we revitalize and upgrade our community’s only combination curling rink and multi-function event centre. Even after we lost our previous curling season, this is another fine example of our energy, momentum and optimism moving forward. We are proud to contribute to a healthy and vibrant community; one that supports continuous improvement and integrates generations.”

Another successful applicant was Nanaimo Curling who is set to receive $50,000 to help them develop the social space at their centre and host more events at their facility.

The grant will allow the Club to install a new heating and air conditioning system, build a new bar and replace the existing flooring.

Speaking about the funding, Club Manager Denise Wood said: “We’ve named the project ‘Top of the House’ and we hope that by renovating our social space we will be able to rent the club out to the community and welcome more people into our facility.”

Other curling centres that have benefited from the funding are:

  • Kamloops Curling Club which received $150,000 to replace their ice plant
  • Gibsons Curling Club will also be purchasing a new ice plant with their $50,100 grant
  • Salmon Arm Curling Centre gained $25,000 to replace their water treatment system and emissivity ceilings
  • Vernon Curling Club can replace their roof after receiving a grant of $23,276
  • Hope Curling Club is now able to repaint their exterior after receiving $5,100
  • Osoyoos International Curling Club will use it’s $20,236 grant for major renovations

Curl BC encouraged all centres in the province to apply for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to help them improve their facilities and provided application guidance to several applicants. The majority of the funded projects should be completed by the end of 2017, in time for Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

Doug Bothamley passes away

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Doug Bothamley, who had been battling cancer, passed away on July 6, 2015.


Doug, who lived in Riondel, was a much admired coach, curler and friend to the curling community and will be sincerely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

As well as skipping teams at provincial level, Doug was a committed volunteer and was the Curl BC Regional Representative for Region 2.

A memorial service will be held in Doug’s honour at the Riondel Campground Beach on Sunday, August 2 at 1pm.

Our thoughts are with all of Doug’s family at this time.

Corryn Brown awarded 2015 Spirit of Sandra Scholarship

The skip of the BC Junior Women’s champions is set to receive a $5,000 scholarship to help support her curling ambitions and studies.

Corryn Brown, who is from Kamloops, was named as one of six winners of the award which is presented by the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

It is the second time that the 20-year-old has received the scholarship as she was also named a beneficiary in 2014.

Speaking about the award, Corryn said: “I was honoured to work with the Sandra Schmirler Foundation last year. I met so many great people and gained some amazing memories. I am so excited to receive this scholarship this year but more importantly excited to go through the experience of being a Sandra Schmirler Scholar and all the incredible opportunities that come with it once again. I cannot wait to see what this year brings!

The award consists of $2,500 to help the recipients with educational expenses, such as tuition fees and books, and $2,500 with the costs of curling competitively.

Corryn is currently studying for a Bachelor of Administration at Thompson Rivers University and earlier this year she led the TRU women’s curling team to a silver medal at the CIS / Curling Canada Championships.

The TRU student wants to become a chartered public accountant and she hopes that the scholarship will help her do that. She said: “Receiving this will greatly help me reach my goals in both curling and academics. This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial requirements that it takes to be a student athlete and it will mostly definitely take some pressure off when the fall comes so I can solely concentrate on school and curling.”

The other 2015 Spirit of Sandra Scholars are: Kristen Streifel from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Weston Oryniak, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brendan Acord, Sault St. Marie, Ontario; Sara Guy, Wahnapitae, Northern Ontario; and Brooks Roche from Montague, PEI.

World Champion curlers Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham will once again volunteer as mentors to the scholars. “It’s an honour to continue to work with these talented young adults as they pursue excellence in academics and curling,” said Jon. “Their collective desire to succeed and love of curling is inspiring.” “We both feel privileged to be part of this scholarship program that continues to help young athletes reach for the stars and fulfill their dreams,” added Cathy.

The Scholarships are funded through crowd sweeps at major curling events and are therefore a result of the generosity of the curling community.

Each of the Scholars has committed to organizing a fundraiser in their local community to build awareness and raise money to support the mission of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which is to donate to Newborn Intense Care Units (NICUs) in hospitals across Canada for the purchase of life-saving equipment for babies born too soon, too small or too sick.

Rockslide 2015 begins

Almost 100 young curlers have descended on Kelowna to be part of one of Canada’s biggest junior curling camps which starts today.Happy campers crop

Rockslide Summer Camp, which is taking place at Kelowna Curling Club from July 7-10, will see 98 curlers work with world class coaches to learn new skills, develop their tactics and have fun at the same time.

As well as spending lots of time curling and receiving guidance from coaches including Scotties champion Rachel Homan, campers have the chance to take part in off-ice team building challenges such as a Tough Mudder style assault course.

Attendees will then be able to put everything they have learnt into practice at the post-camp bonspiel which runs from July 10-12.

Since Rockslide Summer Camp launched five years ago over, over 230 different kids have attended the camp ranging from complete novices to curlers who have gone on to represent Canada at World Championships and the Youth Olympics.

The camp, which is organized by Curl BC, is also welcoming coaches for the first time this year. Twenty people from across the province have signed up for the inaugural coach camp which will give them the chance to learn from some of BC’s most experienced coaches, increase their knowledge and put their skills to the test.

With a world-class line-up of coaches including Scotties and Brier competitors, and coaches who have worked with Provincial, National, Olympic and World champions, Rockslide 2015 is set to be the biggest and best camp yet.

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