Vernon puts WCT spin on junior cashspiel

Junior curlers will get the chance to play like the country's top curlers if they take part in a junior cashspiel in Vernon in November. The event, which is being organized by Brier regular Jim Cotter, will take place at the Vernon Curling Club from November 14-16. A cash purse of $10,000 will be available to the players. The event will be run like a provincial/national event with a draw to button to help determine tie-breakers. World Curling Tour Slam Event rules for tie breakers will be used, which means no team will be eliminated on tie-breakers unless we get into a 1-3 type scenario then … [Read more...]

Royal City launches memorial junior cashspiel

The Royal City Curling Club is looking for entries for its First Annual Anita Cochrane West Coast Junior Classic. The club in New Westminster is proud to be supporting junior curling and is looking for your team's entry in making this event a success! Venue Royal City Curling Club, 75 East 6th Avenue, New Westminster, BC Date September 26, 27 and 28, 2014 Cost $250 per team Purse $4,000 (subject to entries) Format Triple Knockout or Pools (subject to entries) Banquet Included with team entry fee is a catered banquet dinner (4 players +1 coach) held upstairs in the Royal City Curling Club … [Read more...]

Championship ice-making workshop heads to Island

A Championship Ice Making Workshop will be delivered by BJ Gagnon and hosted by the Alberni Valley Curling Club in Port Alberni from November 1-2 2014. Championship Ice Making (CIM) is a course designed by Curl BC to provide instruction to club ice technicians who want to take their ice-making skills to the next level. The course not only deals with making, maintaining, and troubleshooting ice but also new ideas and procedures in ice maintenance including, scrape patterns, pebbling techniques, temperature regulation, humidity, and power points. You do not need to be a Level 1 or Level 2 … [Read more...]

Rocks & Rings program racking up big numbers

It was a record-breaking year for the highly popular Rocks & Rings indoor curling program. A record number of participants were involved in the Rocks & Rings program in 2013-14. (Photos, courtesy Rocks & Rings) Rocks & Rings, which allows kids to be introduced to curling in a school setting using curling equipment adapted for gymnasium floors, visited 1,456 Canadian schools during the 2013-14 school year, involving 228,162 students, not to mention their family members, teachers and school staff. “The Rocks & Rings program is an amazing way to expose curling to … [Read more...]

Former CCA president Dr. Maurice Campbell passes away

Former Canadian Curling Association president Dr. Maurice Campbell has passed away at the age of 94 in Trois-Rivières, Que. Former Canadian Curling Association president Dr. Maurice Campbell. Dr. Campbell, a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as well as the Governor General's Curling Club, served as CCA president for the 1970-71 curling season. In addition to his work as a builder of the sport of curling, he was an active participant, and threw lead rocks for the Quebec team skipped by Bob Lahaie at the 1958 Macdonald Brier in Victoria. Dr. Campbell also was active in the Canadian … [Read more...]

Rivals on the ice but friends off the ice

April 7, 1997: The Hartford Whalers vs the Buffalo Sabres. Wayne Primeau runs over goalie Sean Burke, and the two start to mix it up, goalie vs player. Nolan Thiessen, left, and Kevin Koe won a Canadian championship together last March, but this coming season they'll be on different teams, both hoping for a second straight win at the Tim Hortons Brier. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns) As Canadians we naturally know what happens next, as we are well-versed in the basic code of conduct in hockey circles — someone from Hartford is coming to aid their goalie. True to form, the Whalers players … [Read more...]

Three individuals given Life and Honorary Life Memberships

Three individuals have been honoured by Curl BC with Lifetime and Honorary Lifetime Memberships. Jim Mann, a past President and Chair of Curl BC, has been honoured with a Lifetime Membership with Curl BC for his many years of volunteer service with various curling organizations throughout the province. The dedicated curler was part of a group of club curlers who created the Pacific Club Challenge 15 years ago and was a founding member of the Pacific International Cup 14 years ago. He also recently served a one-year term as a Governor on the Canadian Curling Association Board of Governors. Jim … [Read more...]

Getting up to speed with anti-spam legislation

Canada's Anti-Spam Law* (CASL) was passed in December 2010 and is expected to come into force on July 1, 2014. Once in effect, the CASL is intended to protect Canadians from receiving unwanted communications while ensuring that businesses can continue to operate and compete in the marketplace. If your curling centre sends out email communication, your centre may be affected by the new legislation. The advice you will need to follow will defer depending on whether your organization is a business, non-profit or other group. If you would like to know more about it, please visit the links … [Read more...]

Curl BC honours curling heroes at awards banquet

Dedicated curling volunteers, amazing athletes, and fantastic sponsors were all honoured at a special Curl BC event. The 2014 Curl BC Annual Award Ceremony and Banquet was held earlier this month at the Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn. Among those honoured were Sonja Gaudet and Ina Forrest, Paralympic gold medallists from Sochi, and Jim Cotter, Brier silver medallist and Curl BC's 2014 Male Athlete of the Year. The event recognized the great volunteers and builders in our sport, as well as our high performance athletes. There were also awards handed out to a provincial and regional sponsor of … [Read more...]

Bowman wins CCA Award of Achievement

Longtime curling volunteer Jack Bowman has been named winner of the 2014 Canadian Curling Association Award of Achievement, it was announced today. Jack Bowman has been named winner of the 2014 CCA Award of Achievement. The Victoria resident, who chaired the CCA's Board of Governors for the 2010-11 curling season, capping his five-year stint with the board, will be formally presented with his award at the CCA Hall of Fame & Awards Gala on Aug. 26 in Niagara Falls, Ont., during the inaugural CCA Summit. “I never got involved with the sport of curling for awards or recognition; I … [Read more...]