Manitoba wins Canadian Wheelchair Championship

Manitoba's Dennis Thiessen and his Assiniboine Curling Club team are the 2014 Canadian wheelchair curling champions after stealing four ends on the way to an 8-5 victory over the defending champion, Quebec's Benoit Lessard, on Sunday afternoon in Boucherville, Que. 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Champions, Manitoba: Dennis Thiessen, Mark Wherrett, coach Tom Wherrett, Jamie Anseeuw, Melissa Lecuyer (Photo Morgan Daw) “What an unbelievable feeling,” said Thiessen who was backed by third Mark Wherrett, second Melissa Lecuyer, lead Jamie Anseeuw and coach Tom Wherrett. “We … [Read more...]

Quebec through to the final

Defending champion Benoit Lessard will lead his Quebec team into the finals of the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship after defeating Ontario's Mike Munro in the Page 1-2 playoff on Saturday afternoon at the Club de curling Boucherville. Lessard and his team of Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay scored a single in the first end and stole the next two ends to lead 5-0 at the fourth-end break. Leading 6-2 in the eighth, Quebec hit out for the win. Ontario – Munro, Mark Ideson, Katie Palalunga, Christine Lavallee, Tony Reynen and coach Chris … [Read more...]

Playoff teams set at Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship

The playoff teams are set after a dramatic finish to Day 5 at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que. Ontario's Mike Munro delivers his rock during Draw 9 action at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que. (Photo Morgan Daw) In a head-to-head battle between the two leaders in the final round robin draw, Quebec's Benoit Lessard came from behind to defeat Ontario's Mike Munro 6-5 and claim first place and last-rock advantage in the Page 1-2 playoff game. Lessard trailed 5-1 after five ends but climbed back with a score of three in the … [Read more...]

Learn how to make curling ice with Provincial Ice Technician BJ Gagnon

There are only a few days left to register for the Jet Ice Technician Program Level 1 Workshop that will be taking place at the North Shore Winter Club. The 2014/2015 Jet Ice Technician Program will host its first workshop of the year on May 10 and 11, 2014, at the North Vancouver-based club. This workshop will be facilitated by BJ Gagnon, Curl BC Provincial Ice Technician. The Level 1 ice tech course lasts two days and contains information on all aspects of curling ice maintenance, such as using a scraper and burner, plus sweeping and pebbling techniques. Please click the link below to … [Read more...]

Quebec and Ontario tied at the top

With seven draws completed in the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, the defending champions from Quebec look determined to defend their 2013 title after scoring two big wins on Thursday at the Club de curling Boucherville. Magog's Benoit Lessard, with his team of Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay defeated Saskatchewan's Darwin Bender 8-2 on Thursday morning, and went on to steal a lopsided 11-3 win over B.C.'s Darryl Neighbour in Draw 7. Team Quebec skip Benoit Lessard prepares to deliver his rock at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Championship in … [Read more...]

Jack Bowman honoured with prestigious CCA award

Jack Bowman has been given a Canadian Curling Association Award of Achievement. The long-time curling volunteer from Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island has been recognized for his contributions as a builder for the sport. The first CCA Award of Achievement was given out in 1991 and since then fewer than 30 people have won it – making it one of the most prestigious curling honours in the country. Jack said: “I'm thrilled to be recognized for this award and I'm pleased that the Curl BC Board and staff felt that I deserved to be nominated.” Jack Bowman After many leadership … [Read more...]

Leaders start to emerge in Wheelchair Championship

The standings are beginning to take shape at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que., as undefeated Ontario continues to lead the pack after three days of competition, with Quebec and Saskatchewan close behind. Ontario's Mike Munro (5-0) continued his winning streak on Wednesday, defeating Alberta's Jack Smart 10-3 to cap off a perfect day that began with an 8-4 win over Northern Ontario's Gino Sonego (2-3) in the morning draw. Close behind is Quebec's Benoit Lessard (4-1), the defending champion from the home province, who won two games on Day 3 of the round … [Read more...]

Ontario and BC lead the way at wheelchair championship

With three draws complete in the round robin at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, British Columbia and Ontario remain undefeated at the top of the standings, while defending champion Quebec suffered its first loss to slip to second place in the standings. Ontario skip Mike Munro gets ready to call the shots during Draw 3 action of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship at the Club de curling Boucherville (Photo Morgan Daw) In the morning draw at the Club de curling Boucherville, Quebec's Benoit Lessard and his team from the Magog Curling Club powered over Joanne … [Read more...]

Former CLCA president Sharon Renner passes away

A former president of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association, and a member of two curling Halls of Fame, has passed away. Sharon Renner Sharon Renner (Knox) died last week at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer. Renner served as president of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association for the 1983-84 season, a term that included her hometown of Charlottetown playing host to the 1984 Scott Tournament of Hearts. She was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame in 2009. In addition to her tireless work for the sport of curling, … [Read more...]

Quebec steals a win to open Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship

The first day of competition at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship is complete in Boucherville, Que., with last year's champion – Benoit Lessard of Quebec – coming from behind to steal a 6-5 win over Nova Scotia's George Horning. Lessard of Magog, Que., along with teammates Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay, got off to slow start against Horning and his team from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Sackville, N.S., (vice Laughie Rutt, second Steve Parfitt, lead Paige Fougere, alternate Steve Auld and coach Stew Slauenwhite). Horning … [Read more...]