Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Community Sports

Brushing With Greatness

Olympic medal winner joins Fraser Valley curling circuit for chance at the podium in 2016

Released by Rebecca Price

 

efending Olympic champion John Morris has been granted permission to curl in BC for the 2013-14 season, Curl BC has announced.

Morris is joining Jim Cotter’s rink in preparation for the chance to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February.

In addition to playing with Okanagan-based Cotter and teammates Rick Sawatsky and Tyrel Griffith in the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar, presented by Monsanto, in Kitchener, Ontario, (November 5-10), Morris has now been given permission to curl at Curl BC events.

Alberta-based Morris has been given a one-year exemption to curl in BC because he has part-time employment in BC.

For the 2013-14 season, the team will be playing as Team Morris, with Morris skipping the rink.

If the team is successful at the pre-trials in Kitchener, they will go on to compete at the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, presented by Monsanto, which will decide which two teams, men’s and women’s, will represent Canada at the Olympics.

Morris said he was looking forward to playing with his BC teammates. “I feel really lucky to be able to play with such great, talented and nice guys like Jim, Rick and Ty,” he said.

He added that the team had lots of work ahead of them. “Over the summer we’ve been focused on the physical and mental side and we still have a lot of strides to make up on the ice, but we have been working extremely hard,” he said.

Morris is happy to be spending more time in BC. “I love BC,” he said. “I spent a lot of time there in the summer. I love the laid-back atmosphere, the outdoors, the fishing and the friendly people.”

Cotter said he was looking forward to a busy season.

“We’re excited and looking forward to our first bonspiel of the year in Saskatoon,” he said.

“We did a lot of training over the summer and we’ve kept in close contact, set some goals and expectations and now is the time to see that through.”

Kelly Scott’s BC rink is also scheduled to head to the pre-trials to play for the chance to compete for an Olympic spot.

If Team Morris secures the Olympic spot, they will not look to compete at the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in Vancouver because the event takes place at the same time as the Olympics. If Team Morris does not win the coveted Olympic berth, they will be eligible to compete at the BC championship for the chance to represent BC at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops.

The Alberta Curling Federation has agreed to the one-year exemption for Morris. The ruling will be reviewed for the 2014-15 season because the Canadian Curling Association is expected to revise its residency requirements for teams competing at nationals.

Morris was the third on Team Kevin Martin, the team that took gold at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. He split from Team Martin in April 2013.

About Curl BC

Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.

 

For more information, visit www.curlbc.ca. For local curling club information, visit www.curlchilliwack.org

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