Curl BC announces 2014 award winners

Two Paralympic gold medallists are among the recipients of the 2014 Curl BC Annual Awards. Lead Sonja Gaudet, who was Canada's flag-bearer at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games, was named Female Athlete of the Year. Meanwhile her teammate Ina Forrest, who played third on the Paralympic team that struck gold in Sochi, was given the award for Athlete with a Disability. Sonja, Ina and 14 other award winners have been invited to a banquet in their honour at the Best Western PLUS Coquitlam Inn on June 14. Ina and volunteer Karen Watson will be giving the keynote address at the banquet on the topic of … [Read more...]

Sochi gold-medallists to participate in Swing & Sweep Golf Tournament

Four members of Canada's gold-medal winning Olympic curling teams will be participating in the inaugural Swing & Sweep Golf Tournament, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association. Some of Canada's gold-medal winning curlers from the Sochi Olympics will be participating in the first Swing & Sweep charity golf tournament in Niagara Falls, Ont. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns) Men's gold-medallists skip Brad Jacobs and third Ryan Fry, and women's gold-medallists third Kaitlyn Lawes and second Jill Officer will tee off in the tournament, which will raise funds directed to the … [Read more...]

CCA announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

One of the best players in curling history, and one of the game's most prominent behind-the-scenes supporters comprise this year's list of inductees to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Kevin Martin, left, and George Cooke are being inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Kevin Martin, a three-time Olympian who won gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and silver in 2002 at Salt Lake City, will be joined by former Dominion Insurance Chief Executive Officer George Cooke when the Class of 2014 is formally inducted at the CCA Hall of Fame and Awards Gala on Aug. 26 in Niagara … [Read more...]

CCA requests proposals for hosting mixed and seniors events

The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) is requesting proposals for the hosting of the 2017 Canadian Senior Men's and Women's Curling Championship (Canadian Seniors) and the 2017 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship (Canadian Mixed). The following key benefits have been associated with the Canadian Seniors and Canadian Mixed events: Potential regional broadcast coverage for the Host Committee to leverage. All ticket sales revenue and local sponsorship sales are retained by the Host Committee. The rights and profits to any 50/50 draws during the course of the event are retained by the Host … [Read more...]

Help your junior curlers on road to competition with a Podium Preparation camp

Curl BC is looking for 2014-15 host sites for our Canadian Direct Insurance Podium Preparation Camps. The program is designed for youth curlers and their support team (parent, coach, junior coordinator) as they explore and learn more about competitive curling. Some of the topics covered in a Canadian Direct Insurance Podium Preparation Camp are: Fundamentals of curling delivery Strategy and tactics Using a stopwatch in competition Interested in hosting a Podium Preparation Camp at your facility? Minimum camp requirements: 6 youth curlers, all with a minimum of 1 year curling experience 12 … [Read more...]

First CCA curling summit set for August at Niagara Falls

Canada's best and brightest curling minds will gather in Niagara Falls, Ont., in August for the first Canadian Curling Association Summit. The four-day Summit, scheduled for Aug. 24-27, will feature a blend of workshops, panel discussions and keynote addresses from a cross-section of the Canadian sports industry, all with the purpose of building the sport of curling to even greater heights in our country. There also will be a trade show for curling vendors. Some of the keynote speakers for the Summit include TSN President Stewart Johnston as well as Brent Barootes, the president and CEO of … [Read more...]

Curl BC launches new Endowment Fund branding

Curl BC has launched new branding for its Curling For Life Endowment Fund. The fund, which was set up by a group of dedicated curlers with the purpose of supporting the long-term growth and development of the sport, has doubled in size since 2010. The new logo has been designed to showcase that curling is a sport for life, and can be enjoyed at any age. The cyclical nature of the logo depicts how the fund can support curling in perpetuity. The purpose of the fund is to ensure all generations of curlers benefit from curling now and in the future. The capital, which started at $10,000 when the … [Read more...]

Scotties stars Rachel Homan and Renee Sonnenberg to feature at Kelowna camp

Adult curlers are being invited to sign up for the Four Foot Curling Camp in Kelowna from June 27 to 28. Four Foot has been running camps in the BC for over 30 years, and is headed up by Canadian National Women's Coach, Elaine Dagg-Jackson. This year Elaine is bringing in 2013 & 2014 Canadian Scotties Champion Rachel Homan and 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Competitor Renee Sonnenberg to add to the already star-studded coaching staff. The Four Foot Camp will run two days prior to the Annual Canada Day Weekend Spiel at the Kelowna Curling Club. For the first time it is open to … [Read more...]

Grants of up to $2,000 available to BC curling centres

Curling centres in BC can now apply for grants through the Local Sport Development Fund. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for programs that aim to increase access to British Columbians through the Local Sport Development Fund. This could include opportunities such as facilities establishing a youth division; a new program that requires specialized equipment; coach training; or introducing curling to local schools. Visit the viaSport website for more information, and contact Penny Bartel at pbartel@curlbc.ca for assistance with your application. The deadline for applications is June 4, … [Read more...]

Future curling stars can get scholarships through CCA program

Some of Canada's future curling stars will be the beneficiaries of a new program of post-secondary scholarships, the Canadian Curling Association has announced. The “For The Love of Curling” scholarships were funded through the support of Canadian curling fans, who purchased T-shirts through the CCA's successful “Got Gold” campaign in March. “We were blown away by people's generosity during the Got Gold? Campaign,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer for the CCA. “Our original goal was to sell 600 T-shirts and provide six scholarships. When … [Read more...]