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More teams headed to 2019 BC Juniors after regional playdowns

Seven more teams qualified for the 2019 BC Junior Curling Championships last weekend through the junior regional playdowns. [Read more…]

Connect Hearing signs sponsorship agreement with Curl BC

Curl BC is pleased to announce the signing of a three-year sponsorship agreement with Connect Hearing, a BC-based company that will be the title sponsor of the BC Masters Curling Championship. [Read more…]

BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Tours close, first set of provincial berths determined

The 2018-19 BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Tours have come to a close, and the standings for the tours’ inaugural season have been finalized. [Read more…]

Seniors Start Curling at Delta Thistle Curling Club

Adult and youth Learn to Curl programs are increasing in popularity in clubs around BC, and this season Delta Thistle Curling Club has implemented a new Learn to Curl program focused on a different demographic: seniors. [Read more…]

BC wins men’s gold at 2018 Travelers Curling Club Championships

British Columbia has won men’s gold at the Travelers Curling Club Championship for a second year in a row. [Read more…]

Ashley Home Store Classic games to be livestreamed

A selection of games from the Ashley Home Store Curling Classic, a World Curling Tour and BC Men’s Curling Tour event being held at Penticton Curling Club from November 23 to 26, will be livestreamed online. These games are as follows: [Read more…]

Team Armstrong wins 12th Annual RCD International Wheelchair Bonspiel

Wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut at the Turin 2006 Paralympics, and a few months after the Turin Games, the first International Wheelchair Bonspiel – Canadian Open was hosted by the Richmond Centre for Disability.

This November marked the 12th year for this acclaimed wheelchair curling event, which was once again held at Richmond Curling Centre. The event is one of several large North American wheelchair curling competitions that take place annually in mid to late November.

Eleven teams from across Canada and three teams from Korea competed for the gold medal from November 14 to 18. The teams featured a number of athletes with experience competing both nationally and internationally, as well as a number of Paralympic medallists.

“The event this year went really smoothly,” said Richmond Centre for Disability Executive Director Ella Huang. “We had a record high of 14 teams.” As a non-curler, Huang was excited by the complexity of the sport and the tight competition.

Jim Armstrong’s team of Darryl Neighbour, Collinda Joseph and Reid Mulligan won the gold medal with a 4-1 win over Team Canada 2 (Mark Ideson, Ina Forrest, Jamie Anseeuw, Marie Wright, Dennis Thiessen) in the final. Neighbour is from Richmond, and also won the event last year with Armstrong on Team Adanac. Both Neighbour and Armstrong have represented BC nationally several times.

Team Canada 1 (Gil Dash, Jon Thurston, Ellis Tull, Alison Duddy, Darwin Bender) won the bronze medal with a 5-3 win over Team Korea Rookies B (Baek Hyejin, Kwon Sungwoo, Lee Youngsuk, Lee Hyeonchul) in the third place draw.

Over 40 volunteers helped at the event as rock cleaners. Curl BC Member Services Manager Melissa Sim and Curl BC Education and Camps Coordinator Kim Dennis ran the volunteer training, which included a Learn to Curl session.

The Richmond Centre for Disability is already looking forward to the 13th Annual International Wheelchair Bonspiel – Canadian Open, which will take place in November 2019.

Photos from the event can be found on the Richmond Centre for Disability Facebook page and the Curl BC Facebook page.

More information about the Richmond Centre for Disability can be found at http://www.rcdrichmond.org/

Curling receives over $1 million from province in capital project and community gaming grants

Gibsons Curling Club, Powell River Curling Club, Penticton Curling Club and Terrace Curling Club are all recipients of Capital Project Grants from the province of BC. [Read more…]

Richmond, Kamloops teams representing BC at 2018 Travelers Club Championship

Club teams from curling facilities across the country will be representing their province/territory at the 2018 Travelers Curling Club Championship at Miramichi Curling Club in New Brunswick starting on Monday.

BC is represented in the women’s event by Lori Olsen’s McArthur Island Curling Club team of Kelsey Martin, Lisa Robitaille and Andrea Bourassa. Vic Shimizu’s Richmond Curling Club team of Cody Tanaka, Trevor Bakken and Mark Yodogawa is representing BC in the men’s event.

The championship involves 14 men’s and 14 women’s teams. Both the men’s and the women’s events feature two seven-team round-robin pools, with the top three teams in each pool after round-robin play progressing to the playoffs. The first-place teams will progress directly to the semifinals and the second- and third-place teams will compete in the quarterfinals for an opportunity to play for a medal.

Last season, Nanaimo Curling Centre’s team of Bart Sawyer, Steve Waatainen, Craig Burton and Keith Clarke won the men’s event, claiming BC’s first ever national curling club championship gold.

Team Olsen (BC women)’s round-robin schedule is as follows (all times in Pacific):

November 19, 11:00am vs Northern Ontario
November 20, 5:00am vs Northwest Territories
November 20, 12:00pm vs Saskatchewan
November 21, 5:00am vs Quebec
November 21, 12:00pm vs Nunavut
November 22, 3:30pm vs Alberta

Team Shimizu (BC men)’s round-robin schedule is as follows (all times in Pacific):

November 20, 8:30am vs Northern Ontario
November 20, 3:30pm vs Northwest Territories
November 21, 8:30am vs Ontario
November 21, 3:30pm vs New Brunswick
November 22, 5:00am vs Newfoundland and Labrador
November 22, 12:00pm vs Saskatchewan

Scores, standings, and more information about the event can be found at https://www.curling.ca/2018travelers/

Live scoring will be available at https://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/

BC Junior Curling Tour wraps up, with four teams headed to provincials

The final standings for the 2018-19 BC Junior Curling Tour have been determined, with the tour coming to a close over Remembrance Day long weekend with the Optimist Junior Cashspiel at Esquimalt Curling Club.

The tour’s top two junior men’s teams and top two junior women’s teams will receive automatic berths to the 2019 BC Junior Curling Championships, which are taking place at Vernon Curling Club from December 27, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

Langley and Victoria’s Team Tardi (Tyler Tardi, Sterling Middleton, Matthew Hall, Alex Horvath) has come in first in the BC Junior Men’s Tour with 260.00 points. The team won both the Anita Cochrane Memorial and the Rick Cotter Memorial. Skip Tardi and third Middleton will be looking to defend their title of BC Junior Men’s Champions in Vernon.

Richmond and Royal City’s Team Carpenter (Brayden Carpenter, Matthew McCrady, Zane McLeod, Branden Reimer) will also advance to the 2019 BC Junior Curling Championships after coming in second in the BC Junior Men’s Tour with 244.00 points, just 16 points behind Team Tardi.

Delta’s Team Daniels (Sarah Daniels, Kayla MacMillan, Jessica Humphries, Sarah Loken) has claimed the top spot in the BC Junior Women’s Tour with 365.00 points. The team won the Parksville Junior Cashspiel, the Anita Cochrane Memorial, and the Optimist Junior Cashspiel. Daniels will be aiming to return to the top of the podium at the BC Junior Curling Championships, which she last won in 2016.

Victoria’s Team Reese-Hansen (Taylor Reese-Hansen, Catera Park, Jordan Koster, Sydney Brilz) came in second in the BC Junior Women’s Tour with 279.75 points. The team won the Rick Cotter Memorial and will be looking to defend their title of BC Junior Women’s Champions.

The remaining six junior men’s teams and six junior women’s teams that will be competing in the 2019 BC Junior Curling Championships will be determined at the junior playdowns. The junior regional playdowns will be taking place November 30 to December 2, with the junior open playdown taking place December 7 to 9.

The deadline for teams to register for the junior regional playdowns is November 16. More information can be found at https://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/competitive/junior/

More information about the BC Curling Tours can be found at https://www.bccurlingtours.com/

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