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BC teams bring home hardware from nationals

A successful weekend of curling for teams from BC resulted in three medals for the province. [Read more…]

Help us understand playdown participation trend

Attention all curlers in BC! We need you to help with our Curl BC playdown participation survey. [Read more…]

BC teams will be on home soil for Travelers

The two teams representing BC at the Travelers Curling Club Championships at the end of November will be on home soil. [Read more…]

Keep kids active with introductory curling lessons

Children aged 9 to 12 are being invited to try curling in a fun and relaxed session. [Read more…]

Only one more week to register for Americas Masters Games

Act now to get your spot in the inaugural Americas Masters Games. Entry for the Games, being held in Vancouver from August 27 to Sept. 4, closes at midnight on July 30. [Read more…]

Come along to free curling professional development sessions

Free professional development sessions are being offered ahead of the Curl BC AGM. [Read more…]

Points race continues as final leg of BC Junior Curling Tour approaches

The race for points on the BC Junior Curling Tour continues as it heads into the final weekend.

The latest stop saw a junior women’s team from Kamloops and a junior men’s team from the Lower Mainland collecting the top scores – bringing them a step closer to qualifying for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships. [Read more…]

Berwick Retirement Communities sponsor Masters event

Berwick Retirement Communities, a BC-owned and operated provider of luxury retirement residences, has become the title sponsor of the 2015 BC Masters Curling Championships in Nanaimo. [Read more…]

Canada’s wheelchair curlers maintain semi-final spot after lopsided last day of round robin play

Canada’s last day in round-robin play at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi was lopsided. [Read more…]

New curler helps team take gold at BC Winter Games

A teenager who only started curling last season is now wearing a gold medal around his neck, thanks to his hard work and dedication – and the help of his coach.

Team Carpenter, from the Royal Curling Club, won the gold medal game against Team Ueda (North Shore Winter Club) at the 2014 BC Winter Games in Mission.

The team is composed of skip Brayden Carpenter (age 15), third  Tyler Proctor (age 16), second Breyden Chong  (age 16), and lead Horace Mak (age 15).

The coach of Team Carpenter, LEN CHONG, reveals the journey that got him there.

Our competitive team curls out of Zone 4 (Fraser River-Delta) at the Royal City Curling Club, but our third Matt Chan lives in Vancouver, which is Zone 5 (Vancouver-Squamish).  The BC Winter Games is very strict with their Zone restrictions; athletes must live in the Zone in which they compete. So although Matt was able to play with our team at last year’s Juvenile Men’s Curling Provincials held in Prince George, where we lost in the bronze medal game to Team Cliff from Vernon, he was not allowed to play with us at the BC Winter Games. If Matt wanted to curl, he would have to switch allegiance, and curl with our rivals from Zone 5, Team Ueda.  Matt has been with our team for over four years; he knows our team, and now he would have to curl for the opposition. 

With Matt now playing on Team Ueda, I had to quickly find another curler.  It was very difficult to find a curler who had experience and could curl at a high level,  to give us a chance to medal at the BC Winter Games.   I made inquiries with the local high schools, and Horace Mak was recommended by the Saint Thomas More High school curling club.  I contacted his parents last year in late April and discovered that he was a Grade 8 student, with only one year of curling experience with his high school team, and curling only once a week.  He did not even have curling shoes, gloves, pants, or a broom; all the essential curling equipment needed.  He was in effect, a novice curler.  I took him out to the North Shore Winter Club in May last year, just to see if he had potential.  The first time I saw Horace on the curling sheet, he was definitely a novice curler, but I did see some co-ordination,  and a keen ability to learn fast.   I made the decision that night to work with him, and try to get him to a level where he could compete at the 2014 BC Winter Games.  There was no ice available in the summer, so I had to wait until October to work with him.  We had two practices a week, and I put aside our Wednesday practice to concentrate solely on working on Horace’s curling skills.  His dedication to the game is phenomenal.  That was four months ago, and now he is a gold medallist in the 2014 BC Winter Games!

 What’s really ironic is, who do we play in the BC Winter Games finals?  Team Ueda, with Matt Chan playing third for them.  

Here is a summary of how our games went in the playoffs at the 2014 BC Winter Games.   In our semi-final game, we played Team Tardi from Zone 3 (Fraser Valley), and we were the underdogs.  Our Royal City skip, Brayden Carpenter, made a triple raise takeout in the last end to win the game.  In the final gold medal game, it was a nail-biter.  We were down 2 with hammer in the last end.   Skip Jay Ueda missed two takeouts in the 8th end.  We had 1 in the house, and it came down to Brayden’s last shot; he had to draw his rock into the house to tie.  He had a little too much adrenalin and threw too much weight; luckily our stone hung around in the back of the house and the game was tied.  Now we had to play an extra end to determine a winner.  On Brayden’s last shot, he wanted to throw a guard to protect our potential winning stone in the house.  The stone over curled exposing half of it in the house.  With Ueda’s last shot, he missed the takeout and the result was gold medals for Team Carpenter.

It seems surreal that we won the Gold Medal, and as a result, will now play in the Optimist U18 International Curling Championships, representing Team BC in Langley/Surrey, April 2-6, 2014.  This entails curling with the top, elite athletes from other provinces across Canada, and teams from the US and Japan.


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