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Three teams from Vancouver Island qualify for BC Scotties

Three young teams from the Victoria Curling Centre have qualified for the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship presented by Best Western.

The Victoria teams beat teams from Prince George, Vernon and the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster to earn the berths. [Read more…]

CTRS points winners first to qualify for 2014 BC Scotties

At least one team will be getting home town support at the BC Scotties.

Prince George-based Patti Knezevic skips one of the two teams who earned a Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) berth to the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western. Knezevic and her team of third Jen Rusnell, second Kristen Fewster, lead Rhonda Camozzi and coach Rick Fewster were silver medallists at last year’s BC Scotties.

The top CTRS spot went to Allison MacInnes after her team racked up the most points of any of the eligible teams.

Allison MacInnes, from Abbotsford Curling Club, and her team of third Grace MacInnes, second Diane Gushulak, lead Amanda Tipper and coach Ken MacDonald, received the first CTRS spot based on their standing.

This is the first year that Curl BC has awarded two spots to CTRS points winners.

In the past, only one berth had been awarded based on points.

There are now three teams with berths to the championship. In addition to the two CTRS points winners, Kelly Scott and her team from Kelowna Curling Club will return as defending champions.

The remaining seven spots will go to the top teams at open playdowns held on Nov. 15-17, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and Dec. 13-15.

The championship will take place January 6-12 at the Prince George Golf & Curling Club.

For more information about the event, visit the event site at http://bcscotties2014.curlbc.ca

Two BC curling teams try for chance to head to Olympics

Vancouver, BC (November 5, 2013) – Two BC curling teams are among the 24 teams that have converged in Kitchener, Ontario, this week for the Capital One Road to the Roar with dreams of winning gold for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. [Read more…]

Junior stars will shine at the Brier

The 2014 Tim Hortons Brier is coming to Kamloops March 1-9 and 24 young stars of the future will have the opportunity to share the spotlight with the best in Canadian men’s curling. [Read more…]

Curl BC honours Karen Watson with award

A volunteer coach who has helped hundreds of B.C. curling coaches get trained and certified has been honoured with an award from the Coaching Association of Canada. [Read more…]

Canadian Direct Insurance renews support for curling in BC

Canadian Direct Insurance has once again shown support for curling in BC by signing another three-year agreement that maintains their partnership with Curl BC. [Read more…]

Peace Arch Curling Centre provides 100th 8-ender

A mixed team from the Peace Arch Curling Centre has become the 100th curling team to feature in our Curl BC 8-ender gallery. [Read more…]

SOAR Program visits Quesnel

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Multi-Sport SOAR Program heads to Quesnel elementary school. Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development in attendance

SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources), a multi-sport collaboration between Tennis, Golf and Curling, set for four-day interactive session at Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary in Quesnel

Richmond, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)- The cooperative multi-sport program SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources) will be in Quesnel, British Columbia from October 6-9, 2013 to deliver grassroots Tennis, Golf and Curling programming with the Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development Honourable Coralee Oakes in attendance. SOAR, a collaborative multi-sport delivery program created by British Columbia’s Not-for-Profit bodies representing Golf (British Columbia Golf), Tennis (Tennis BC) and Curling (Curl BC), brings age-appropriate modified equipment to elementary schools to promote participation in each sport. The program visits remote areas of the province at an affordable cost to schools.Funded by viaSport, SOAR, in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, will be visiting the Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary School in Quesnel starting Sunday, October 6th with a full-day comprehensive certification program for interested community sport individuals who seek to facilitate all three sports following the departure of the program. Complimenting the theory education will be practical, in-class sport whereby leaders will be mentored in the delivery of all three sports to Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary students starting with Tennis on Monday, October 7th, Golf on Tuesday October 8th and Curling on Wednesday October 9th.

Attending Monday’s in-class Tennis programming will be the Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development Honourable Coralee Oakes. Oakes, the MLA for Cariboo North and a resident of Quesnel, will get the opportunity to witness the implementation of  fundamental movements in alliance with the Canadian Sport 4 Life Model.

“Learning a sport is something that stays with a child for a lifetime,” said Oakes.

“Just like riding a bike, learning to swing a golf club or throw a curling rock sticks with you. That focus on skill development for lifelong benefit is what makes SOAR such a valuable program. Our government strongly encourages healthy, active lifestyles for all British Columbians. We want kids to develop confidence in their abilities, and the SOAR program is a perfect fit.”

Also in attendance over the four days of SOAR programming will be Sue Griffin, Executive Director of Tennis BC who, like the Honourable Coralee Oakes, sees value in a collaborative approach to delivering grassroots sports to all communities in the province.

“Working together with our partners in SOAR provides Tennis BC with a unique opportunity to deliver key fundamental movements in sport to young children in a fun, interactive environment,” stated Griffin.

“If they have fun while learning basic movements, hopefully we’ll inspire them to continue to be active and encouraged to play.”

Playing an integral role in continued sustainability of the SOAR program in the northern regions of British Columbia is the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council. Through a contribution agreement with SOAR, the Council has made avail key funding that provides the opportunity for SOAR to enter schools like Red Bluff Lhakto Elementary at a very minimal user fee. As a result of in-class introduction to the three sports, children experience and learn skills to use at local facilities within their community.

“Many smaller Aboriginal communities throughout the province don’t have access to Tennis, Golf or Curling facilities. This unique program has been a great opportunity for Aboriginal Youth to try a sport that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience,” mentioned Joe Akerman. Manager of Regional Engagement with the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.

“The SOAR facilitators are well trained over a 4 day period and do a great job of including all participants, whether they are a seasoned athlete or new to the sport being presented.”

SOAR will continue to travel throughout British Columbia during the 2013-2014 school year. For more information on bringing SOAR to your community, please contact Kathy Gook, Director of School Golf with British Columbia Golf at kathy@britishcolumbiagolf.org

Click here to learn more about the SOAR program at Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary


British Columbia Golf – a member-based organization governed by the British Columbia Golf Association (BCGA) – is the governing body of amateur golf in British Columbia and functions for the benefit of all golfers in the province. British Columbia Golf fosters and promotes the sport of golf, preserves the traditions and history of the game and provides a leadership role for the sport in British Columbia. British Columbia Golf’s Playground to Fairway (P2F) School Golf Program brings adapted equipment into the hands of tomorrow’s golfers. To learn more, visit www.britishcolumbiagolf.org


Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides service to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.  To learn more visit www.curlbc.ca


Tennis BC is a non-profit, provincial sport association responsible for leading the growth, promotion and showcasing of tennis in British Columbia.   With our partners, we lead the growth of tennis by enhancing the profile, participation, and experience in all regions of British Columbia. To learn more visit www.tennisbc.org 


For media inquiries:
Christopher McGrath
Manager, Communications and Marketing
British Columbia Golf
604 346 8003


Defending Olympic champion John Morris to curl in BC

Defending Olympic champion John Morris has been granted permission to curl in BC for the 2013-14 season, Curl BC has announced. [Read more…]

2014 BC Scotties named as official test event for Canada Winter Games

The 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, will be the Official Curling Test Event leading up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games. [Read more…]

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