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Television Coverage of 2009 BC and Alberta Men’s Provincial Curling Championships

Shaw Cable is once again featuring coverage of the BC Men’s Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championships and the Alberta Men’s Provincial Championships .

Saturday, February 14, 8:00 pm: BC Semi-Final live from Maple Ridge, BC
Sunday, February 15, 1:00 pm: Alberta Final live from Wainright, Alberta
Sunday, February 15, 4:00 pm: BC Final live from Maple Ridge, BC
*All Times PST

Curl BC Hires Participation Manager

Curl BC is pleased to announce that Penny Bartel has been hired in the position of Participation Manager for Curl BC. Bartel will be responsible for member services including insurance, club operations and the recreational curler’s program. Her other area of focus will be the enhancement of disabled sports within Curl BC. [Read more…]

Information on Pending Infrastruture Projects Required

The federal budget that was announced includes a $500 million fund devoted to sport and recreation infrastructure to renew and build facilities in our communities. We expect that the federal government will be flooded with individual requests.

Sport BC is looking to table a collection of “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects to the government on behalf of our membership by the end of February. [Read more…]

2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships Underway in Salmon Arm

The 2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships are underway in Salmon Arm, BC. Competition got underway yesterday and continues through to February 8. BC’s representatives are Team Kedziora on the men’s side and Team Shimizu on the women’s side. [Read more…]

Team Ursel wins Karuizawa International Curling Championship

Congratulations to the Ursel Rink on winning the 2009 Karuizawa International Curling Championship this past weekend in Japan. Canada defeated the host team Japan in the semi-finals 12-3 and China 9-6 to capture the title. [Read more…]

Golden Ears Curling Club set to host BC Men’s Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championships

The BC Men’s Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championships is set with the top 10 curling rinks in the Province competing for the right to represent the Province at the Tim Horton’s Brier in March.

Tickets are on sale now and are available through the Golden Ears Winter Club by calling 604-463-4813 or visiting the website www.gewc.ca. [Read more…]

2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors

The M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior men’s and women’s curling championships will be played February 1-8 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

This marks the fourth year of title sponsorship by M&M Meat Shops, Canada’s leading retail chain of specialty frozen foods. The company recently announced a further three-year extension as title sponsor through 2012.

Thirteen men’s and 13 women’s teams (representing the 10 provinces plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories and Yukon) are set to compete.

Representing BC are Kelly Shimizu and her rink from Richmond and Brian Kedziora and his Golden Ears rink from Maple Ridge.

Among the other teams confirmed are, on the women’s side, defending champion skip Kaitlyn Lawes of Manitoba and 2007 Canada Winter Games gold medallist Rachel Homan of Ontario, while Prince Edward Island’s Brett Gallant, Canadian junior runner-up in 2007 and third place finisher last year, tops the men’s field.

Round robin games will be played at both the Salmon Arm Curling Club and Sunwave Centre. At the conclusion of the round robin, the first place teams advance to their respective finals, while the second and third place finishers meet in semi-finals on Saturday.

Both the women’s and men’s finals will be played on Sunday, February 8 at the Sunwave Centre and will be televised live across Canada on TSN. The women’s final takes place at 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET while the men’s final begins at 4:00 pm PT/7:00 pm ET.

The winners will then represent Canada at the 2009 world junior curling championships, March 5-15 in Vancouver. Canada has won a leading 16 world junior men’s titles since 1975 and eight women’s crowns since 1988.

The Canadian junior men’s championship began in 1950 in Quebec City. Alberta has won a leading 15 times while British Columbia has four wins, the last by skip Brad Kuhn in 2000.

The Canadian junior women’s championship was first played in Vancouver in 1971. Saskatchewan leads all provinces with 10 junior women’s titles while British Columbia has three victories, the last in 1987 by skip Julie Sutton (Skinner). The Canadian junior championships were conducted as separate events until being combined in 1987 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Last year in Sault Ste. Marie, Quebec’s William Dion and Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes won Canadian titles, then travelled to Östersund, Sweden for the 2008 world juniors, where they both earned bronze medals.

Hosting BC Funds 14 Communities to Stage National and International Sport Events

The Province of B.C. and 2010 Legacies Now will provide $393,000 to 14 communities supporting them in hosting national and international sport events through its Hosting BCTM partnership.

“Communities in British Columbia are attracting world-class sport events and we are pleased to help them bring these events home,” said Hon. Mary Polak, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport. “By hosting national and world-calibre events, our communities realize a lasting legacy of trained volunteers, economic benefits and increased community spirit.”

Hosting BC is funded by the Province of B.C. and 2010 Legacies Now to support organizations bidding for or hosting events at the junior, senior and university levels. This round of grants supports 26 summer and winter sports including biathlon, freestyle skiing, curling, cycling, para cross-country skiing and wheelchair basketball.

Brent Morrice, chairman of Ski Jumping Canada, said financial assistance from Hosting BC assists Ski Jumping Canada in building awareness of the sport in the Callaghan Valley. “As a small sport, Hosting BC’s assistance is critical in enabling us to host major events on the ski jumps in the Callaghan Valley. These events help us build a legacy so that the surrounding communities can enjoy top level international competition for many years to come.”

Curl BC is bringing two world curling championships to Vancouver as part of the lead up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. “Hosting BC has enabled the local organizing committee to increase attendance at these events through general promotion programs for schools, juniors, seniors, people with a disability and disadvantaged groups,” said executive director and CEO Scott Braley.

Michelle Collens, manager of sport tourism, 2010 Legacies Now added: “Since we started this program in 2004, Hosting BC has provided funding and support to nearly 34 communities around the province. They have gained valuable experience hosting high-performance sport events and some have built new sport facilities, all of which is contributing to B.C. becoming a premier sport event hosting destination.”

Since 2004, Hosting BC has distributed a total of $2.6 million to support 188 events in 34 communities, including Canadian championships, World Cups and qualifying tournaments for the Olympic Games. This round of funding will support sport events in the following communities:

Callaghan Valley
Prince George
West Vancouver

The application deadline for the next round of Hosting BC funding is March 1, 2009. For more information on Hosting BC, please visit 2010LegaciesNow.com.

Vancouver’s Mallet Rink 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Champions

With an exciting finish to the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship, Vancouver’s Marla Mallett and her rink won the title over the previously undefeated MacInnes rink of Kamloops.

A steal of 4 in the in the 6th gave the Mallett rink the lead, which would not be relinquished in a  8-5 victory. The Mallett rink will now represent BC at the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Victoria. [Read more…]

Field Set for Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Following the Interior Championship in Sparwood and the Coastal Championship in New Westminster, the field is set for the 2009 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in Maple Ridge at the Golden Ears Winter Club, February 9-15. [Read more…]

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