Eight-ender scored

Congratulations to the Monty Scarrow team from the Norwesters senior men's curling league who scored an eight-ender during play on Feb. 2. Team members included (left to right) lead Scott Shaw, second Bruce Campbell, third Barrie Brown and skip Monty Scarrow.

VCC team qualifies for BC Mixed Curling Championship

Congratulations to the VCC mixed team of skip Andrew Forrest, third Becky Campbell, second Dave Marchant and lead Allison Den Toom who qualified at the Region 11 mixed playdown, Feb. 5-7 at the Tunnel Town Curling Club. They and three other Lower Mainland teams from the Region 11 qualifer will compete at the eight-team BC Mixed Curling Championshp, Mar. 3-6 in Qualicum Beach.

Steve Schneider team at CDI BC Men's Curling Championship, February 10 - 14

The Steve Schneider team from VCC is competing in the CDI BC Men's Curling Championship, Feb. 10-14 in Nelson. The Schneider team includes third Jamie Sexton, who lives in Vernon, second Shawn Eklund and lead Brant Amos. You can follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Team-Schneider-1524308127810898.
 
This is the second straight year they have qualified for the championship. They qualifed in December at the Lower Mainland playdown at the Royal City Curling Club.
 
Both the BC men's semi-final and final games will be covered live nationally on Sportsnet on February 14th.
 
 

Blind and Visually Impaired Team Advances to Westerns

In mid-January, a competitive Blind and Visually Impaired team from the Vancouver Curling Club placed second in the West Coast Blind Curling Championships. The Bonspiel took place in Kelowna and is an event these curlers prepare for and look forward to every year. The Comozzi Rink, composed of Rob Camozzi (Skip), Eugene Amberg (Third), Fraser Hiltz (Second), Linda Weber (Lead), and Jim Hall (Coach & Guide) won a berth in the Western Blind Championships taking place Feb. 24th to 28th in Lanigan, Saskatchewan.

 

The Camozzi rink was also honoured with the Caribou Spirit Award (pictured here). Caribou Spirit is voted on by all the participants and presented to the team with the best sportsmanship throughout the bonspiel.

Congrats team Camozzi, and thank you to Carol Kent, Jim Hall, and Dave Sawrey for being such a huge support structure for our Blind and Visually Impaired curlers.

The Blind and Visually Impaired League curls every Wednesday from 12pm-2pm and is in need of sweepers and guides to volunteer. For more information or to put your name forward, please contact Carol: carolkent (at) telus (dot) net
 
 
 
 

VCC Championships Adopts 32 Team Draw for 2016 Bonspiel

It's official, the Vancouver Curling Club is proud to announce that our Club Championships will move to a 32 team draw format. The annual event that brings every league together to battle for the VCC Club Champion title has grown primarily due to curlers from the North Shore joining us for the 2015.16 season. We are thrilled to welcome these new leagues and their members to their new home here at the VCC.

Last year's Champions, Team Grey from the Thursday Open, (pictured to the right) currently hold the VCC Championship title and have their name on the prestigious VCC Championship Trophy for the 2014-15 season.

The 32 teams representing their respective leagues are selected based on their individual performance in league play. Several leagues gain multiple entries based on the number of draws used during the regular season, representative of the number of members they contribute to the Club. This year's VCC Championships promises to be one of the most competitive in year's past, based on the competitive nature and skill of the new leagues from the North Shore. Be sure to join us as a spectator for this event taking place in the evenings of April 11th - 14th, with draws at 6:30pm and 9pm.

Team Thompson to Represent the VCC at 2016 Lower Mainland Travelers Club Championships

Decided with an undefeated record in the double elimination race between six formidable teams, the Thompson rink emerged victorious and will represent the VCC in Richmond this April, for the Lower Mainland Travelers Club Challenge and the Pacific International Cup.

Team Thompson (Skip: Aaron Thompson, Third: Jack Holmes, Second: Brian Oldham, and Lead: Mark Trowell) swept the field beating five other teams including last season's champions, Team Tully (Skip: Brock Tully, Third: Jeff Guignard, Second: Nick Kuit, Lead: Dustin Koch, and Alternate: Ron McKay).

Though undefeated, their journey was long, as they didn't receive a bye in the first round (determined by random selection) of this six team double knockout format. Their first win was over Team Bishop (Skip: Mickey Bishop. Third: Shorty Sellars, Second: Bruce Higgins, Lead: Gord Wright, and Alternate: Murray Green), a team that has proven themselves formidable opponents in the Tuesday Motors league at the VCC. Thompson's second win was over Team Brown (Skip: Barrie Brown, Third: Mark Robinson, Second: William Smith, and Lead: Craig Coyne), a resilient team with their first appearance on the Travelers scene, making it to the finals of the "B" event, but eventually succumbing to Team Tully. An impressive result nevertheless for these men, the winners of the very informal "VCC Travelers Playdowns Spirit Award" for the 2015-16 event.

In their third game, Team Thompson was able to defeat Team Tully in their first showdown against the reigning champions. Third, Jack Holmes played an impressive game, though under duress due to what was discovered later as a broken arm from an earlier slip on the ice. Talk about resilience and determination.

With Jack out of commission, but there to support his team from the Last Draw Lounge, the team brought on a spare to play lead. In a very entertaining game, the Thompson rink defeated Team Tully in the final to obtain the 2015-16 title.

In April, the Thompson rink will face-off against the province's best club teams along with several international teams at the Lower Mainland Travelers Club Challenge and the Pacific International Cup held at the Richmond Curling Club. If victorious, they will represent the VCC, and British Columbia at the Canadian Travelers Club Championship in November of 2016, held on BC soil at the Kelowna Curling Club.

The Club is behind you Team Thompson, bring home the Travelers Curling Club Championship!

Weathering the Storm - An Affair of "the Heart"

In the late afternoon of January 30th, 2015, Keith Switzer, Vancouver Curling Club member, Past- President, Honourary Life-time Member and accomplished curler, suffered a heart attack at the Peace Arch Curling Club during the Provincial Mixed Doubles Championships.

Originally perceived as a slip, key individuals quickly responded and ascertained that Keith's heart was no longer beating. Within 45 seconds CPR was started by Scott Mol, head ice official at the time. Scott was on the other side of the rink when Keith fell, and responded in seconds due to excellent radio communication from the on-ice officials. Simultaneously, Shelley Birston, a registered nurse and curling compatriot of Keith's (in VCC's Thursday Open League) rushed to the scene from the viewing lounge and assisted Scott by providing oxygen. Moments later, Kent Bird, Club Manager called 911 and arrived with the Club's AED (automated external defibrillator) which Della Bird (also a registered nurse) prepped, utilizing the AED shocks to "restart" Keith's heart.

Early CPR, air administration, and two rounds of shocks was vital to Keith regaining consciousness. He thought he had slipped, knew he was curling, and was ready to start the next end -- with or without clothes (his shirt was cut to deliver treatment). With some convincing, Keith stayed on the ice until the ambulance arrived, six to eight minutes later.

What started as a day of competitive curling unfolded in a way that has become a model of how to be prepared and respond to, such an emergency.

On Tuesday November 17th, 2015, Scott Mol, Shelley Birston, and Della Bird were honoured with a St. John Ambulance National Lifesaving Award and credited for saving Keith's life. Keith remains incredibly grateful to Scott, Shelley and Della for their quick and effective response and appreciates the concern, support, and contributions of many others who were present at Peace Arch Curling Club on that day.

Keith has since undergone treatment and surgery (done with state-of-the-art techniques at VGH in February) and is recovering very well. He began the curling season this September, just eight months after his heart-attack.

The Vancouver Curling Club is also grateful to Scott, Shelley, Della and the curling community for their timely and informed actions that day. The VCC is thankful that Keith continues to curl and support the VCC through his generous donation of time and professional council.

An AED is located at the Vancouver Curling Club, on the ice shed level, next to the elevator. VCC staff has been trained in its use to respond to similar incidents should they (heaven forbid) arise.

2015 Harvest Bonspiel "Oktoberfest" an Über Success

 
The Vancouver Curling Club would like to say a big "danke schön" (thank you) to all the participants, volunteers, and staff members who helped make the 2015 VCC Harvest Bonspiel a tremendous success.

This year's spiel featured lots of spirited teams (many in costume), an excellent Oktoberfest-inspired Saturday feast, and some terrific curling. A special thanks goes out to "Mama and the Oompahpahs," for their great tunes during the Saturday banquet.

Also in the mix this year was an integrated wheelchair team skipped by Darryl Neighbour, 2010 Paralympic Gold Medalist, and two-time World Wheelchair Curling Gold medalist.

The finals saw four great matchups, with a good mix of VCC teams, as well as two out of town teams. A special thanks to Rink Barajas from the San Francisco Bay Area, and Rink Placek, a regular at VCC bonspiels, from The Evergreen CC in Portland, Oregon.

 
 
 

See the final draw schedule and results here.

Summary of Results

A Final: Chamber's Vs. Robertson
The A final was a hard fought battle between these two teams. Robertson, a successful team in the PRCL League, and Chambers, a well known group composed of VCC and Marpole CC members. Both teams made for a very entertaining game to watch, with Team Chambers making just a few extra "clutch" shots to score in critical ends. Congratulations to the winners of the A Final, and the Harvest Trophy, Team Chambers (Skip: Randy Chambers, Third: Jim Lawson, Second: Brian Russell, and Lead: Jack Chow).
 
 
B Final: Giles vs. Barajas
A warm welcome to the VCC from a former North Shore Curling Club, Team Giles. Now curling out of the VCC, this team fit right in on Sunday with their defeat over Rink Barajas, from San Francisco. While we hate to see our American guests lose, we're very proud that they has such a great showing this weekend, second place in B is impressive in this competitive field. Congratulations to the winners of the B Final, Team Giles (Skip: Don Giles, Third: Glen Dickson, Second: Elaine Dickson, and Lead: Roxie Giles).
 
 

C Final: Make it a Double vs. Placek
Another strong team in the local PRCL League, Team Make it a Double defeated Team Placek from the Evergreen Curling Club in Portland. Team Placek is now a staple at this annual bonspiel, travelling up from Portland to join us each year. A great game indeed, with Make it a Double, indeed making a few "key doubles" to come out with the W. Congratulations to the winners of the C Final, Team Make it a Double (Skip: Aaron Thompson, Third: Jack Holmes, Second: Brian Oldham, and Lead: Jeff Berg).
 
 
D Final: $hamrockers vs. Rolling Stones
The $hamrockers are another staple of VCC Bonspiels, usually showing up in one final or another. Clearly their new and improved name, now with a $, helped them pull out a win this weekend. Up against another great group of curlers from our PRCL League, The Rolling Stones, the $hamrockers made it clear that they deserved to be in the finals with a healthy point lead. Congratulations to the winners of the D Final, $hamrockers (Skip: Kris Wright, Third: Selwyn Alexander, Second: Jon Braun, and Lead: Brett Ballah, Alternate: Jon Braun).

League Spotlight - VCC Blind and Visually Impaired League

"I'm enjoying my experience [with the Blind & Visually Impaired League] more than I could have imagined. I would have joined sooner than this if I'd known I'd have so much fun," shares Linda, a member since 2014. Blind and visually impaired curlers throughout the Lower Mainland have been active in the sport since 1962. The league was formed by Joe Lewis, then an employee of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). In 1974, the league moved from its original home, the Pacific Curling Club, to the old Vancouver Curling Club on Dinmont Avenue. The League continues to curl at VCC every Wednesday from 12pm - 2pm.

"Curling for individuals with visual impairments provides a type of "sight" that would otherwise not exist," says Carol Kent, long time volunteer and League Rep. "Volunteers use a combination of sounds, bright lights, physical cues, and verbal direction to help the blind curlers "see" the sheet of ice, and help them throw the correct line and weight."

Members are deeply committed to the sport. Linda explains: "I travel from Surrey every Wednesday for our curling practices, with Jeeves, my loyal yellow lab guide dog. We take 2 buses and the Skytrain. A one way commute takes us 2 hours, we leave home just before 9:00 am and we return home at around 4:00 pm."

"I'm willing to devote an entire day, once a week, to be able to participate with the VCC Blind & Visually Impaired League. The socialization, skill development, and the camaraderie of being part of a team is crucial for my emotional and physical well being. Without these types of recreational outlets, I could easily become isolated, lonely, and dependent on my family. Having a reason to get out regularly promotes self confidence and independence."

The League is made up of fourteen members, a few furry friends and a cohort of dedicated volunteers who support members in realizing success on the ice. League members value their friendships with volunteers, and along with VCC, are grateful for their commitment.

If you know a curler, who may be diagnosed with macular degeneration, please let them know they can continue to participate in the great game by joining the VCC Blind & Visually Impaired League. The League welcomes both new members and volunteers. For more information, please contact Carol Kent: carolkent@telus.net.

Blind & Visually Impaired League members and the Vancouver Curling Club thank the Province of BC for their continued financial support.

VCC Curling - A Corporate Team Building Concept

The Vancouver Curling Club (VCC) has become a hot bed for progressively thinking corporations looking to experience new and exciting team building sessions. Our facility has been used to build team synergy by Vancouver's tech elite, sporting organizations, theatre companies, choral groups, and a myriad of other local and visiting businesses.

Phil Summers, Toronto Raptors Media Relations said this about his team's recent visit to the VCC:

"While in Vancouver some of the Raptors staff wanted to try something new. Curling offered a great opportunity to have some fun while also proving to be a different type of challenge for the group. The Raptors would like to extend a special thanks to the Vancouver Curling Club for providing a great space, Olympic-level equipment, and just enough coaching to level the playing field."

VCC will tailor a positive experience for groups of all sizes and skill levels. Our coaching staff is ready to get beginners up to speed while honing the skills of more experienced curlers. Many of our customers use the skills of our staff to create mini competitions; ask us about our "build-a-bonspiel" package.

Lululemon and Intel, brought nearly 200 employees to our ice.
"The great thing about curling is that unless you have done a lot of it, everyone is pretty much at the same level. One shot you might miss completely and the next you're right on the button and the whole team is cheering for you. It's a great way to build a team atmosphere with staff and co-workers. Our 60 plus person team was able to spend some time on the ice, followed by a more formal session in the lounge" remarked a representative of local tech company, Hootsuite.

The modern and accessible lounge and boardroom can be transformed to suit 200 people; a casual lounge with couches and chairs, or a formal setting with tables and chairs. Lounge staff supports food and beverage needs, and a high end audio-visual system, with screens in the lounge and ice shed, allows clients to personalize their messaging during their booking.

For more information, or to book our facilities fill out this form: http://vancurl.com/rentals/submit-rental-request or contact Shirley at 604-874-0122 or smann@vancurl.com

We look forward to curling with you and your group.

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