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Details announced for 2019 BC Club Challenge

The BC Club Challenge, a province-wide event run by Curl BC for men’s and women’s club teams, is set to return in the 2018-19 season with updated rules aimed at increasing participation in the event. [Read more…]

belairdirect renews partnership with Curl BC

Curl BC and belairdirect have signed an agreement that extends belairdirect’s sponsorship of curling in BC for another five years. [Read more…]

Barkerville Historic Town & Park named presenting sponsor of 2019 BC Men’s Championship

Barkerville Historic Town & Park will be a presenting sponsor of the 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship, which is being held in Quesnel from January 29 to February 3 in conjunction with the 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western. [Read more…]

Dates and locations of 2019 BC Championships finalized

The dates and locations of Curl BC’s 2019 BC Championship events have been finalized. This season BC’s best will compete around the province in various categories for the title of BC Champions and the chance to represent BC at the national level.

While usually the Men’s and Women’s competitions are held separately, earlier this year it was announced that Quesnel will simultaneously host the Men’s and Women’s 2019 BC Championships.

New this season is the BC U15 Challenge Cup. This event, which involves both a competition and a development camp, is strictly for development and does not lead to a BC Championship and provincial banner.

“We are excited to have host sites from seven regions of the province for our 10 BC Championships, the BC Club Challenge, and our newly minted U15 Challenge Cup,” said Curl BC Competitions Manager Will Sutton. “Teams of various ages and stages are just a few wins away from playing in the BC Championships. Thanks to all of the clubs and host committees who will welcome curlers, coaches, sponsors, officials, volunteers and families into their clubs and communities for championship events in the 2018-19 season.”

The 2019 BC Curling Championships are as follows:

Event Location Date
BC Junior Curling Championship Vernon Curling Club Dec. 27, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019
BC Wheelchair Curling Championship Langley Curling Centre Jan. 4-6, 2019
BC U15 Challenge Cup
(Not a BC Championship)
Kamloops Curling Club Jan. 11-13, 2019
Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western Quesnel,
West Fraser Centre
Jan. 29 – Feb. 3, 2019
BC Men’s Curling Championship Quesnel,
West Fraser Centre
Jan. 29 – Feb. 3, 2019
BC Senior Curling Championship Trail Curling Association Feb. 19-24, 2019
BC Open Stick Curling Championship Chase & District Curling Club Feb. 22-24, 2019
BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship Abbotsford Curling Club Feb. 26 – Mar. 3, 2019
BC High School Curling Championship
(Not run by Curl BC)
Golden Ears Winter Club Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2019
BC Masters Curling Championship Nanaimo Curling Centre Mar. 5-10, 2019
BC U18 Curling Championship Juan de Fuca Curling Centre Mar. 12-17, 2019
BC Club Challenge Abbotsford Curling Club Mar. 22-24, 2019
AMJ Campbell Van Lines
BC Mixed Curling Championship
Vancouver Curling Club Apr. 10-14, 2019

More information can be found at https://www.curlbc.ca/2019-bc-championships/

Apply today for viaSport’s Coaching Bursary Awards

Applications are currently being accepted for viaSport’s Bob Bearpark Coaching Bursary Awards.  [Read more…]

Rockslide 2018 a fun learning experience for kids, coaches

For the eighth summer in a row, youth curlers descended upon the Okanagan for the Optimist Rockslide Summer Curling Camp.

An annual Curl BC highlight, this year the camp had 104 kids between the ages of 10 and 18 in attendance. There were campers from all 11 Curl BC regions, as well campers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington State, and even Hungary.

“[A big highlight] was definitely meeting a whole bunch of different people that I’ve never met on ice and off the ice,” said camp participant Keelie Duncan. “It was really cool to meet them, and looking at some of the players, they could be the future representatives of BC at the Scotties or the Brier.”

Led by a team of 23 instructors, this group of kids engaged in a range of on and off ice activities and training at Kelowna Curling Club from July 9 to 12. Divided into four groups (Quakes, Landslides, Tsunamis, and Avalanche) based on skill level, the campers learned and practiced curling skills such as sliding and sweeping. In-class sessions focused on topics such as goal setting, team dynamics, mental skills, and more.

“My biggest highlight from the camp was when I was able to spend an hour and a half with Karsten [Sturmay] just working on making small adjustments to my slide,” said camp participant Mitchell Kopytko. “A few key things I learned at camp were to lead my slide with my shoulders, set my rock out on release, and to hold my broom so that it is tucked into my hip, allowing me to be more balanced for bigger hit weight.”

In addition, campers took part in team builder activities such as the Rockslide Mudder, where they participated in 12 activities (such as the Slip and Slide) in groups, and the Great Shoot Out, a friendly competition where the groups took turns throwing a draw to the button and the team with the highest accumulative total was crowned the Great Shoot Out champions.

Alongside the Rockslide Summer Camp was the Rockslide Coach Camp, in which nine competition coaches, led by Darryl and Kate Horne, had the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through player and coach panels and guest speakers.

“We had an AHA! board where our coach participants could share what they found to be new learnings,” said Darryl. “Interactions with a lot of Rockslide Kids Camp instructors provided coach campers with a variety of perspectives and a greater depth of knowledge. Dean Joanisse always entertains and fascinates with his presentation on ticks shots, angles and drag effect, and Jim Cotter was open, honest and passionate in his sit down chat about coaching and a number of other relevant topics with coach participants.”

For Coach Camp participant Len Chong, the video analysis session was very valuable.

“Darryl looked at video from my delivery and gave me more than a few pointers on what I was doing wrong,” explained Chong. “Darryl’s analysis has made me more self-aware of correcting my own delivery, and this will make me more aware of the challenges and questions my players might have when I try to give them advice on their delivery.”

Curl BC was also excited to be able to work with Canucks Autism Network to host a Training and Try It session at Kelowna Curling Club on July 8 for coaches to learn more about working with kids and managing the various challenges they may encounter in their programs.

“Thanks to Jim Cotter, Tyler Tardi and Dezaray Hawes for visiting the camp along with this year’s special guests from the University of Alberta, Kristen Streifel and Karsten Sturmay, who will both represent Canada at the 2019 Universiade,” said Curl BC Education Manager Will Sutton. “Special thanks to the Kelowna Curling Club for hosting us in their great 12 sheet facility. The ice and food were great.”

Photos from the camp can be found on the Curl BC Facebook page.

Quesnel to host both Men’s and Women’s 2019 BC Championships

This coming season the BC Men’s and Women’s Championships will be held simultaneously at the same location, with Quesnel hosting the two provincial events from January 29 to February 3, 2019. [Read more…]

Vancouver Club Coach workshop registration

The Vancouver Curling Club will be hosting a Club Coach workshop from September 8-9, 2018.  [Read more…]

Floor curling a success at North Delta Family Day

Looking for a way to promote your curling club during the summer or for a fun and easy addition to your community event?  Borrow Curl BC’s floor curling equipment! [Read more…]

BC Curling Tours Update

The first 2018-19 BC Curling Tour event is just over two months away. This first event will kick off the inaugural season of the BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Tours, with five Women’s events and six Men’s events  in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. [Read more…]

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