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Archives for April 2016

Curl BC plans reorganization of juvenile championships

Curl BC plans to reorganize its juvenile curling championships to bring them in line with changes at the national level. [Read more…]

In remembrance: Former Curl BC executive director Ian Hennigar

Former Curl BC Executive Director Ian Hennigar has passed away after a battle with cancer.

The sports leader led operations at Curl BC from 2006 to 2008 before being recruited to head up Panorama Recreation in Victoria.

Ian passed away on Friday April 22, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Brenda, and their sons Reece, Andrew and Steven, and his beloved father Carl, (predeceased by his mother Jean), sons Jack and Riley, sister Carol (Tino), brother Terry, and brothers-in-law Dave (Zoe) and Les.

Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, Ian excelled in many sports including his beloved sport of speed skating before an injury ended his competitive days. Ian graduated with an Honours degree in Business and Sport Administration from Laurentian University.

Following university, Ian focused his passion, knowledge and skills on his coaching career in speed skating, achieving successes along the way coaching and mentoring numerous skaters to Olympic and World victories. It was during this time that Ian also took on the role of Executive Director at the Ontario Sport Alliance in Speed Skating for the next 22 years, where he continued to grow and develop sport and active living with his usual integrity, creativeness and commitment.

Recently, at the 2015 World Cup Speed Skating Championships, Ian was recognized and honoured for his outstanding success, contribution and positive impact on so many athletes, coaches and administrators. He was the first ever recipient of Speed Skating Canada’s President’s Commendation Award for outstanding contribution to the sport of Speed Skating for over 40 years.

After relocating to the Saanich Peninsula in 2004, Ian continued his success in his roles as Executive Director of Curl BC, and the Mary Winspear Centre, before finally being recruited to lead Panorama Recreation.

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Volunteers sought for 2017 Canadian Juniors in Victoria

The 2017 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships are being staged in Esquimalt – and volunteers are needed to help make the event a success [Read more…]

Duncan’s curling project puts sweeping science to the test

A competitive junior curler from Victoria has explored curling’s broom controversy as part of his science fair project. [Read more…]

Three Governors at Large to be elected at AGM

Three new Governors at Large will be joining the Curl BC Board after elections at the AGM. [Read more…]

BC’s Sarah Daniels to curl with Team Fay in Grand Slams

BC’s Sarah Daniels will be curling with Team Fay at the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup. [Read more…]

How are we doing? Take our survey!

Thank you to all our members for making this a great 2015-16 season so far. [Read more…]

Win WestJet tickets by registering for Americas Masters Games

Curlers who register to take part in the inaugural Americas Masters Games – hosted in Vancouver – can win flights to anywhere in Canada. [Read more…]

BC’s Warren Hansen inducted into World Curling Hall of Fame

A man who whose contributions to the sport of curling, on and off the ice, are recognized around the world was acknowledged on the world stage today.

Port Coquitlam’s Warren Hansen was inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame during the 2016 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, Page playoff 1-2 game at St. Jakobshalle.

Warren Hansen with WCF President Kate Caithness.

Warren Hansen with WCF President Kate Caithness.

Hansen, Curling Canada’s longtime Director of Event Operations and now a consultant to Curling Canada’s Board of Governors, was active in curling as a player, administrator, official, coach and promoter. He was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame last June after a 42-year career working for Curling Canada.

“We couldn’t be happier for Warren, because what he’s done for the sport of curling, not just in Canada but around the world, simply can’t be overstated,” said Hugh Avery, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “Warren has devoted his life to curling, and we constantly see the fruits of labour as our sport continues to grow in popularity, both with fans and participants.”

Hansen was a Brier champion as a member of Hec Gervais’s 1974 Alberta team and, interestingly, his lone appearance at the world championship took place in Switzerland as Hansen and the Canadian team lost to Sweden in the semifinals of the 1974 Air Canada Silver Broom in Bern.

His greater impact took place behind the scenes; he was significantly involved in the origins of coaching, officiating and icemaking guides and standards, and also taught the sport to beginning curlers around the world.

“It is my great pleasure to announce Warren Hansen’s induction into the World Curling Hall of Fame,” said World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness. “His total dedication to the development of our sport, in Canada and worldwide, is one reason curling is in such good health today. Many of the major milestones we have reached in our sport, such as curling joining The Olympic Movement, Warren, somewhere along the way, has been involved.”

In Canada, he worked tirelessly to make the Canadian men’s and women’s curling championships — the Brier and the Scotties — into events that transcended curling. He achieved that dream as both are considered major sports and entertainment properties that attract legions of fans annually.

Beyond that, though, his goal was to take curling to another level of athleticism. He encouraged fitness, discouraged unhealthy lifestyle habits, and pushed to erase traditional curling stereotypes — all with a goal of making the sport more appealing to the Olympics.

He was active in working with curling boosters from around the world to lobby the International Olympic Committee to make curling a medal sport — a goal that was achieved at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

He also played a role in the addition of the mixed doubles discipline to the Olympic family; he was one of the original designers of the current mixed doubles discipline, which was introduced at the 2002 Continental Cup in Regina.

“To be inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame is the greatest honour that could ever be bestowed upon anyone in the curling world,” said Hansen. “I’m extremely proud to stand beside the other 15 Canadians who were previously inducted.”

Hansen is one of three inductees to the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame this season. Former world champ and five-time European champ Elisabeth Högström of Sweden will be inducted later this month at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Karlstad, Sweden, while Franco Zumofen of Italy will be inducted at the summer bonspiel in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Chilliwack partners with university to offer curling course

The Chilliwack Curling Club has partnered with a university to help boost its membership. [Read more…]

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