2018 Harvest Bonspiel

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!!! REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

The 2018 Harvest Bonspiel is back for another year and accepting registrations.

Less than a month remains before the club hosts the 2018 Harvest Bonspiel so be sure to register now for a weekend full of great times both on and off the ice.

Click here for more information and to register your team

VCC Brazilians in World Mixed Curling Championship

Brazilian mixed team

The Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship runs Oct. 13-20 in Kelowna with a VCC team taking part! The Brazilian team, left to right, is lead Erick Santos, second Luciana Barrella, third Claudio Alves and skip Anne Shibuya. Anne's husband, Matthew Gervan, is coaching the team. 

Lessons available with high performance coaches

For high performance coaching, VCC now offers lessons with level 3 certified coaches Robbie Gallaugher and Heather Beatty. Heather is a former high performance and competitions manager at Curl BC, and has competed at multiple women's and mixed provincial championships. Robbie has coached internationally and competed in men's and mixed provincial champioinships. Both Robbie and Heather teaching coaching courses for Curl BC. For more information, go to our lessons page.

Curling Canada national coach coming to VCC on Nov. 10

Tschirhart

Bill Tschirhart, a national coach with Curling Canada, visited VCC twice last season to give well-attended sessions. Bill will return on Saturday, Nov. 10 to deliver two related sessions on the mental side of the game - "What Are You Thinking" at 10 am and "The Performance Cocktail" at 2:00 pm. Click here for more information.

After the morning session of "What Are You Thinking" Bill invites participants to stay for lunch and watch the movie "Seven Days in Utopia", which he says "perfectly illustrates the central theme of the presentation." 

VCC members can attend one session for $18 including GST or $30 for both. Non-members pay $21 for one presentation or $35 for both. Click here for the online registration and payment form. Certified coaches receive one PD point for each session they attend.

New executive elected

We have a new executive elected after the first board meeting since the AGM. With Brent Forbes ending his term as president, former vice-president Ron McKay is now the president. Jim Carpick has become vice-president, Colin Chan is treasurer and Mathew Brownell is secretary. The other directors are Rick Feeney, Doug Macdonald, Craig Coyne, Brock Endean, Luke Opacic, Heather Hansen, Lindsay Hudyma and Floyd Bardell.

Brad Burton is VCC volunteer of the year

Smokey gets award

Brad Burton (right) received the VCC volunteer-of-the-year award Sept. 4 at the AGM from President Brent Forbes. Brad has been the long-time head coach of the VCC junior program on Saturdays. Brad is generous with his knowledge and experience in the sport, always willing to teach and help people get better, no matter what their current skill level.

World's oldest curler turns 100!

Lola with presidents

The world's oldest active curler, VCC member Lola Holmes, turned 100 years old on Sunday, Sept. 16. She held a party for family and friends at VCC on the day, and then celebrated again on her first day of curling, Monday, Sept. 24 with the Vancouver Ladies' League. She received a plaque from VCC, marking the occasion, from president Ron McKay (left) and past-president Brent Forbes (right).  Click here for a Curl BC story about Lola,  click here for a CBC story and click here for a StarMetro Vancouver story. Click here to view pictures from the party with league members on Sept. 24.

Learn to curl

The Vancouver Curling Club offers learn-to-curl programs on Saturday evenings throughout the season. There is also a junior program on Saturdays and a high school program on Wednesdays. For more information, go to http://vancurl.com/lessons-clinics.

Thiessen Blog: Five-Rock FGZ a Positive Change for Curling

In September 2017, the World Curling Federation membership voted overwhelmingly to change the Free Guard Zone (FGZ) rule as of the 2018-19 season to the five-rock FGZ rule, a change from the four-rock rule that has been in place in Canada since 2002, and the rest of the WCF since 1993.

Brazilians finish with a 3-4 record at world mixed doubles

Marcio at world mixed doubles

VCC curler/ice tech Marcio Cernquinho finished tied for fourth in his pool, representing Brazil at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Sweden, April 21-28. Marcio and his team mate, Aline Goncalves of Whitehorse, had a 3-4 record, including a close loss to Canada, but missing the playoffs.

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