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BC Interior Masters Curling Association

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The BC Interior Masters Curling Association (BCIMCA)  was formed in 1976 to organize, foster and promote curling amongst 60+-year-old curlers who curl in a daytime/retirees’ curling league in the BC interior.

Visit their website at http://bcimca.ca/.

Annual competitions are held to determine four BCIMCA Zone winners

Zone winners advance to a combined provincial championship with the four Zone winners from the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association (PCMCA).

History

Walter Hobbs was instrumental in organizing the Senior Curling Association of BC in 1961 out of Kelowna.

His efforts led to the constitution of the British Columbia Interior Masters Curling Association (BCIMCA) in 1976.  Walter Hobbs was elected to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1976.  The Walter Hobbs Trophy is awarded annually to the BCIMCA team which has the best record against BCIMCA Zone representatives at the Combined Provincial Championships with the PCMCA.

BCIMCA Governance

The BCIMCA is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of: a President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Secretary-Treasurer and a Zone Director from each of the four Zones.  The board meets in the spring and fall of each year, and holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) within the fiscal year at a place and time as designated by the Board of Directors The AGM is open to all members of the association.

The Zone Director maintains regular communication with all clubs and members within their Zone.  Zone Directors coordinate scheduling of all Zone Playdowns and ensure Zone playdown events rotate on a regular basis among clubs within their Zone.

The BCIMCA president provides liaison with the PCMCA and with Curl BC on all matters related to the association.

BCIMCA Board of Directors for 2016-17

President: Jim Skrenek (Vernon)
Phone: (250) 540-6333; Email: jimskr99@gmail.com

Vice President: Bill Gawiuk (Vernon)
Phone: (250) 545-6441; Email: bgawiuk@telus.net

Secretary-Treasurer Dave Williams (Chase)
Phone: (250) 675-3682; Email: tadgu@telus.net

BCIMCA Zones

There are four Zones that make up the BCIMCA.

Zone 1 – West Kootenay (clubs in zone are: Castlegar, Grand Forks, Nelson, Trail, Beaver Valley, Rossland, Nakusp, Salmo Valley)
Director – Sean Nobel (Grand Forks) Ph: (250) 442-3393; Email: pseannoble@gmail.com

Zone 2 – East Kootanay (clubs in zone are: Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberly, Elkford, Golden, Sparwood)
Director – Lorne McIntosh (Kimberley) Ph: (250) 427-4948 Email: Lsmci@telus.net

Zone 3 – South Okanagan (clubs in zone are: Kelowna, Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton, Summerland, Princeton, Merritt)
Director – Ray Tait (Kelowna) Ph: 250-860-4046 Email: raytait.rt@gmail.com

Zone 4 – North Okanagan (clubs in zone are: Vernon, Lumby, Armstrong, Chase, Salmon Arm, Winfield, Enderby, Kamloops, McArthur Island, Revelstoke, Sicamous)
Director – Eric Breitkreuz (Salmon Arm) Ph: (250) 832-1506 Email: ebgolfer@telus.net

Membership

Is open to any BC Interior Curling Club that has all its senior curlers (60+ years of age) who regularly curl in a league and are registered and identified as BCIMCA members by paying an annual membership fee for which there is a BCIMCA championship event.

Affiliation with Curl BC

The BCIMCA is an affiliated association with Curl BC and augments their organization by fostering and promoting curling opportunities to BC residents who are 60+ years of age. In so doing, the BCIMCA and PCMCA receive a combined annual funding of $5,000 from Curl BC.

Competition

Championships are currently held for Men, Ladies and Mixed competitions. Zone playdowns are held for the 60+ men (Masters), 70+ men (Grand Masters), 60+ ladies and 60+ mixed with the winners advancing to the Provincial Combined Championship with the PCMCA. The BCIMCA zone representatives vie for supremacy not only among the other BCIMCA teams and but also among the combined PCMCA/BCIMCA teams.

The Provincial Combined Championships alternate annually between the Interior and Coastal associations.

Upcoming competition

The 2017 Combined Competition is being held at the Langley and Cloverdale curling clubs from March 14 to 18, 2017.

Gala Awards Banquet

At the closing of the Provincial Combined Championships a Gala Awards Banquet and Awards Ceremony is held for all curlers, their guests and special guests. This is a grand social event to acknowledge the winners, give thanks to the host and unwind after four days of competition.

Rules of the Game

All BCIMCA bonspiels or playdowns are governed by the “Rules of Play of Curl BC”.
The delivery of a stone may be delivered with a “curling/delivery stick” in all BCIMCA and PCMCA Play. Here, “Stick Curling Canada Rules” apply.

At Provincial Combined Competition play, should a tie result after round-robin play a special “playoff” will take place. All members of each team will deliver two stones up and two stones back in their team throwing order. Sweeping is allowed. Points for each stone thrown by each team player are awarded and totalled on the basis of 4 points for a stone touching the button, 3 points touching the four-foot, 2 points touching the eight- foot, and 1 point touching the twelve foot. The team having the highest combined team point total is declared the Provincial Combined Champion. Note: In the 60+ Master men’s category, this method is used to determine a winner within an Association if two or more teams are tied at the end of round-robin play. If two teams from each Association are tied at the end of round-robin play, then an 8-eight end, one-game playoff is played.

Why should I be a BCIMCA member?

  • To support and promote healthy competition and fellowship for curlers 60+ years of age.
  • To have the opportunity to compete at the 60+ Master and 70+ Grand Master age Championship level.
  • To compete on a regular four-member team, Zone playdown and provincial competition level if a “stick curler”.
  • The cost to enter a Zone competition is a kept at a very reasonable amount.
  • The Zone winner is provided with an amount of money from the BCIMCA that generally off-sets the majority of out-of-pocket expenses associated with playing at the Combined Provincial Championship Event.

Facts and Figures

The BCIMCA currently enjoys a combined membership of over 1,000 men and lady curlers in 18 clubs.

  • The 60+ Master Men’s Championship commenced in 1976.
  • The 70+ Grand Master Men’s Championship commenced in 2003.
  • The 60+ Mixed Championship commenced in 2010.
  • A Ladies 60+ Championship is tentatively planned for 2014.

For more information, visit http://bcimca.ca/.

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