2018 Harvest Bonspiel

THE HARVEST IS DONE FOR ANOTHER YEAR

The 2018 Harvest Bonspiel saw fantastic curling in the house of VCC.

A weekend of awesome curling, Halloween hi-jinx and curling camaraderie all started on Friday and culminated in the crowning of a new victor on Sunday.

Click here for the winners and to view the daily draw results.

VCC Brazilians in World Mixed Curling Championship

Brazilian mixed team

The Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship ran 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, coached the team. 

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.

Elementary school students can curl on Feb. 15

Elementary school students eight years and older are invited to try curling at the Vancouver Curling Club on Friday, Feb. 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There is a curriculum implementation day on that date, giving Vancouver-area students a day off from school.

The cost for the program is $15.00 plus GST and includes instruction and equipment. Students need to bring clean running shoes and warm, loose-fitting or stretchy clothing. You can sign up individually or indicating if there are other students you wish to curl with. 

This event is now fully booked and we are no longer taking registration!

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.

Read our April newsletter

The April edition of Totem Tales, our monthly newsletter, has been sent to inboxes. You can also read it online at https://bit.ly/2ENbEH6.

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