Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sports

Curling Season Heats Up

BC Mixed Doubles Championship Jan 2015

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he Peace Arch Curling Club will host the top Mixed Doubles curlers in the province when it hosts the 2015 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. This is the third year of the competition, which debuted at the North Shore Winter Club in 2013 and ran at the Golden Ears Winter Club in 2014.

This is the third year of the competition, which debuted at the North Shore Winter Club in 2013 and ran at the Golden Ears Winter Club in 2014.

The 2015 event will run from January 29 to February 2. It is an open event so the format will depend on the number of teams who sign up.

Kent Bird, the manager of the Peace Arch Curling Club in White Rock, said the teams will enjoy their time at the club. “We have a fantastic facility here,” he said. “We have a great café called the Rustic Gourmet, and they make good, healthy food, and we have our own bar upstairs. We will put on a good show and make sure everyone has lots of fun.”

The Mixed Doubles game is an increasingly popular version of curling. Instead of teams of four curlers, teams are made up of one male and one female curler.

The game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10). Each team has six stones and one of those stones from each team is pre-positioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.

The format is growing in popularity around the world and could become an Olympic event as early as 2018. 

At the 2013 event at the North Shore Winter Club, two juvenile curlers (Tyler Tardi and Dezaray Hawes) beat a field of adults to take the title. Then in 2014, the duo of Colleen Hannah and Bryan Kedziora won the event for their home club, the Golden Ears Winter Club.

The winning BC team will head to the 2015 Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials at a location not yet announced, which will feature 32 teams in pools of eight. The 2014 national event featured Olympians Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris – and several other top curlers from across the nation.

The Peace Arch Curling Club is located on North Bluff Road in White Rock and is integrated with the Centre for Active Living. The club’s four sheets of ice are used by 450 regular curlers and a host of drop-in curlers. The club was torn down and rebuilt in 2009-10 and reopened for the 2010-11 season. 

Volunteers will be needed to help run the 2015 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. Anyone who would like to help out is welcome to email Kent Bird here.  

 

 

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.

 

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