Recognize VCC All-Stars

Every year, the Vancouver Curling Club (VCC) selects up to two individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the entire Club, for outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the season. Nominations are received as a written submission to the Special Events Committee citing the activities and reasons for the nomination. For more information, or to nominate someone please click here

Also, the Club regularly recognizes a member who has dedicated much of there time over the course of the Club's past to the betterment of our Club and the curling community. We'd love to hear from you if you know of someone that deserves this honor. Click here for a list of current Honorary Life Members

This year marked the second and final year that the Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel has donated proceeds to the Pets and Friends charity. We are currently looking to nominate a new charity for the next two Skins Bonspiels. If you know of a smaller, Lower Mainland based charity that could benefit from this event, please let us know.

All nominations can be directed to president@vancurl.com

Competition Corner - February 2015

With the bonspiel season winding down, this will likely be our last jam-packed edition of Competition Corner. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted results and assisted in making the first season of Competition Corner a success.

February was another busy month with provincial playdowns, provincial, and national events. We would like to start with congratulating Team Ordog, Skip: Christopher Ordog, Third: Aaron Lindgren, Second: Greg Ohashi, and Lead: Logan Chinski on winning the 2015 Canadian Gay Curling Championship, held in Toronto the last weekend in February, adding another banner to the Ice Shed. Team Ordog went in knowing that the last three winners have been representatives of the VCC.

February also saw the Lower Mainland Playdowns for the BC Mixed Curling Championships. The VCC had five teams competing and members on a sixth curling out of the Richmond Curling Club. Team Gessner, Skip: Brian Gessner, Third: Danielle Callens, Second: Chris Chute and Lead: Jaime McLaren, along with Team Guignard, Skip: Jeff Guignard, Third: Elisha Yager, Second: Dylan Somerton and Lead: Lorelle Weiss, both made it to the semi-finals for a qualifying spot before their event came to an end. Other participants included Team Brower, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Lindsay Hudyma, Second: Jan Bos and Lead: Carman Cheng, Team Forrest, Skip: Andrew Forrest, Third: Becky Campbell, Second: Dave Marchant and Lead: Allison DenToom, and Team Robertson, Skip: Scott Robertson, Third: Shelley Birston, Second: Kevin Mintenko and Lead: Krista Frazee.

Team Richter, Skip: Marilou Richter, Second: Deb Walker, Third: Brenda Garvey and Lead: Pam Cuthbert finished fourth at the BC Senior Women’s Provincials held at the Alberni Curling Club making it to the playoff round after a great round robin. Team Macdonald, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Jan Bos, Second: Stan Walker and Lead: Larry Macdonald were also in Port Alberni competing in the BC Senior Men’s Provincials. Team Macdonald wanted to thank fellow VCC curler Stan Walker for stepping in at third, when the team had to make a last minute roster change. The team had a fun event and were just a few rocks away from qualifying for the playoffs.

Team Schneider, Skip: Stephen Schneider, Third: Jeff Guignard, Second: Shawn Eklund, and Lead: Brant Amos, spent February 4 – 8, 2015 at the Vernon Curling Club, host of the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. The team went 0-3 but gained valuable experience and was thankful for the opportunity.

Amongst all the provincial events and playdowns, there were also VCC members playing in club spiels. Team Gessner, consisting of VCC members Brian Gessner, Jaime McLaren and Chris Chute took home the A event at the Royal City Curling Club mixed spiel held February 13 – 15, 2015. Team Forrest was also at the event, along with Team Carpenter, Wade Carpenter, Daniel Jun and VCC Ice Tech, Cher Choi who lost in the B event qualifier.

Though not officially in February, at the very beginning of March the VCC Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel took place, which raised about $4000 for the Pets and Friends charity. Three of the Four winning teams represented the VCC. Results can be found here.

As always, we want to celebrate the activities of all our members, so if we have missed anyone, or there is an error, please email champions@vancurl.com. Thank you for a great 2014 / 2015 season.

2015 VCC Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel Results

This year's event was a great success, raising just over $4000 for Pets and Friends, a charity that brings animals to hospitals and care facilities to provide patients with furry friends. During the Saturday night banquet a representative from Pets and Friends thanked the VCC for their support over the last two years.

Thank you to all who participated, the curling was excellent, and the skins format always makes for an exciting event. Every team had a great showing and represented several clubs outside the VCC including, Marpole CC, Grand Forks CC, Langley CC, and Delta Thistle CC.

The four event winners were:

A Event


Winner - Spuzzum Rocks: Mike Bednarz, Kristin Mercer, Scott Weber, Troy Mercer (VCC)

Runner up - Get a Gripper: Andrew Forrest, Becky Campbell, Dave Marchant, Lori Isfeld (VCC)
 

B Event


Winner - Parry: Keith Parry, Jan Bos, Tammy Cameron, Melinda Michalak (Marpole CC)

Runner up - Miller: Paul Miller, Brett Smith, Ed Burnet, Brian Gisel (VCC)
 

C Event


Winner - Crafty Devils: Croft Bain, Sharon Taylor, Rob Hodgins, Dick Adams (VCC)

Runner up: Game of Stones: Phil Barrs, Brent Forbes, Colin Chan, Jeff Sexton (VCC)
 

D Event


Winner - Marpole Skin Hounds: Gary Ritchie, Thomas Friesen, Jack Chow, Jim Lawson (Marpole CC)

Runner up - Shamrockers: Kris Wright, Selwyn Alexander, Pat Patterson, Brett Ballah (VCC)

For the full event results and draws click here

Competition Corner - January 2015

Whew! January was another busy month with provincial events, playdowns, and bonspiels galore. Congratulations to all who participated. We will start off with teams that competed in provincial championships this month, followed by those who qualified for provincial events and move on to club spiels.

The VCC was well represented at the Mixed Doubles Provincial Curling Championships with five of 13 teams. Taking place at the Peace Arch Curling Club, January 30 to February 1, 2015, three of the eight teams making the playoffs were comprised of VCC members. Participants included: Shelley Birston/Scott Robertson, Jon Braun/Alison Koch, Andrew Forrest/Becky Campbell, Daniel Jun/Allison DenToom and Keith Switzer/Carmen Cheng. Congratulations to Shelley Birston/Scott Robertson and Andrew Forrest/Becky Campbell who went undefeated in the round robin and Daniel Jun/Allison DenToom who also made the playoffs.

From January 21 - 25, 2015 Team Gushulak took part in the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, where the team finished with a 1-3 record, narrowly missing a spot in the page playoffs.

Team Brower, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Denis Sutton, Second: Jan Bos and Lead: Larry MacDonald, will be representing the VCC at the Senior Men’s Provincial Championships held February 16 - 21, 2015 at the Alberni Curling Club, after winning the C event at the playdowns in January.

January also saw playdowns for the Senior Women’s Provincial Champions being held in Port Alberni in February. Team Richter, Skip: Marilou Richter, Third: Deb Walker, Second: Brenda Garvey and Lead: Pam Cuthbert took home the B qualifying spot at the event. Team Birston also participated at the event.

On January 26, 2015, Team Robinson won the Princeton Curling Club bonspiel. On the same weekend Team Gibson was in Idaho taking part in the Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel, where they lost in the C semis. The last weekend in January was busy for VCC members as Team Guignard, Skip Jeff Guignard, Third Chris Faa, Second Brock Tully, and Lead Jeff Sargent, won the 'A' Event at the Tunnel Town Bonspiel in Tsawwassen.

On the weekend of January 9 – 11, 2015, the Club had three teams in the last playdown for the BC Men’s curling championships. VCC Teams Ordog, Forrest, Brower and members from Team Faa were all in action at the event. Team Forrest missed out on the last qualifying spot, coming up just short. On the same weekend, Team Watson lost in the lost in the A semi-final at the Delta Mixed Bonspiel.

Team Camozzi, Skip: Rob Camozzi, Third: Eugene Amberg, Second: Iris Thompson and Lead: Robin Crocker, from the Vancouver Blind and Visually Impaired League competed and placed second in the West Coast Blind Curling Association Bonspiel which was held in 100 Mile House January 9 – 10, 2015. The team now moves on to compete in the Western Blind Curling Championships which will be in Kamloops March 18 – 21, 2014.

Pictured Jim Hall (coach), Iris Thompson (second), Robin Crocker (lead), Eugene Amberg (third) and Rob Camozzi (skip).

2015 VCC Doubles Bonspiel Results

Thank you to All Players and Attendees

The 2015 VCC Doubles was a roaring success thanks to the players, volunteers, and fans. We had great representation with teams from Brazil, New Zealand and the United States as well as lots of local teams from the VCC, Marpole, Golden Ears, Langley, Hope, Delta Thistle Curling Clubs and the North Shore Winter Club.

Here are the final results from the event:

A Event Winners: Team Robinson - Siobhan and Mark Robinson - VCC
Runner up: Team Grant - Noah Grant and Lisa Speers - Golden Ears CC

B Event Winners: Shamrock Juniors - Kris Wright and Patrick Patterson - VCC
Runner up: Flightless Furry Fruit - Brett Sargon and Kieran Ford - New Zealand

C Event Winners: Gromas - Ken Grahame and Sheri Lomas - VCC
Runner up: College Sweephearts - Katherine Morrison and Thomas Sayer - VCC & Marpole CC

D Event - Gneiss Guys - Thomas Schuster and Ian Foreman - VCC
Runner up - Legion of Broom - Robert Kirkwood and Barry Trischuk - VCC Novice League

We raised $350 in the raffle draw and there was another $50 contributed as a donation.
All of these funds will go to support the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
Thank you all for your generous support.

Click here for the results brackets

For the Love of Family - Diane Gushulak

This past weekend marks the 15th anniversary of Sandra Schmirler's death, and Feb. 15th has officially become Sandra Schmirler Day in Saskatchewan, and here at the VCC.

The Foundation was set up in Sandra's name in 2001 and they have donated over $2.8 million to 35 hospitals from coast to coast for the purchase of life-saving equipment for their newborn intensive care units. In 2015, they expect to shatter the $3 million target with the help of generous donors like you. If you donate, please mention that your home club is the VCC. Call 1-866-210-6011, or donate on-line at www.sandraschmirler.org

Recently, a VCC club member and competitive curler in her own right Diane Gushalak shared the story of her own child Emma, who was born prematurely. The funds that the Schmirler Foundation raise support the equipment used to save Emma's life. Below is Diane, Brian, and Emma telling their story - have some tissues ready.

The VCC is also be holding a silent auction for two 4th row event tickets to the Brier, valued at $1000. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Schmirler Foundation. Bid here: http://vancurl.com/brier-silent-auction

Coach Beginner Curling Groups at the VCC

If you're like many athletes or casual sports enthusiasts, you know that coaching not only enriches the grass-roots development of a sport, it also improves your own game. On Feb. 7th and 8th, CurlBC in partnership with the Vancouver Curling Club is hosting a Club Coach Workshop here at the VCC.

The CurlBC Club Coach workshop (Link to Registration) is the most effective way to learn how to coach the sport of curling to beginners and at the club level. You will graduate the coarse as a certified club coach under CurlBC. The workshop teaches coaches how to provide safety demonstrations and help their students learn about the fundamentals of delivery, sweeping, and strategy.

Plus, once you're certified, the Vancouver Curling Club offers paid and volunteer assignments to coaches for our rental groups, novice, high school and junior leagues, open houses, and many more coaching opportunities. This will give you the ability to keep your coaching skills sharpened, while also taking home some extra income.

Sign up for the CurlBC Club Coach workshop today!

Ann de la Hey Appointed as General Manager

VCC members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors it is our pleasure to appoint Ann de La Hey as the General Manager of the Vancouver Curling Club. Ann joined us in August of 2014 [as the Interim General Manager] leading us through a time of immense change. She has done a superb job of bringing together a strong team, leading the organization, and working strategically with our Board to build a strong, viable, and sustainable club.

Learn to Curl at the VCC

Join our 8-Week Learn to Curl sessions and learn about curling in a small group with a dedicated coach!

Starting January 29th (Thursdays) OR Feb 21st (Saturdays) we will be running an 8-week introductory program for beginners looking to learn about all aspects of the curling game.

Participants will be placed in a small group of eight curlers and paired with an experienced coach for a series of eight weeks. Start out learning the basics of throwing rocks and curling rules, progressing to sweeping, team communication and game strategy! The eight weeks will comprise of on-ice instruction (60%), off-ice strategy talk (10%), and mini game time (30%).
Program Cost: $165 + GST - Cost includes broom, gripper and slider rental

Register here: http://www.vancurl.com/vcc-learn-curl-2015

Two schedule options:

8-Week Learn to Curl Program Runs on Thursdays from 4:30pm - 6:30pm OR Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm. *Please note - The schedule does not run every consecutive week, there are a off-weeks. Click here for a downloadable PDF schedule.

Dates:
Thursdays: Jan. 29 - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 - Mar. 12, 19 - Apr. 2

Saturdays: Feb. 21, 28 - Mar. 14, 21, 28 - Apr. 4, 11, 18

Competition Corner - December 2014

We would like to open this edition of Competition Corner by congratulating Team Schneider (Skip: Stephen Schneider, Third: Jeff Guinard, Second: Shawn Eklund, and Lead: Brent Amos) who qualified for the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship taking place February 3 – 8, 2015. Team Schneider will be headed to the Vernon Curling Club to take on the best in BC for a chance to be British Columbia’s representative at the 2015 Tim Horton’s Brier in Calgary. On the road to victory, Team Schneider took on Team Forrest (Andrew Forrest Dave Marchant, Chris Chute, and Kris Davis) in the semi-finals and the C-1 qualifying final was an all VCC affair with Team Schneider playing Team Brower (Richard Brower, Jan Bos, Cameron De Jong, and Deryk Brower).

The VCC will be represented at the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship by Team Gushulak (Skip: Diane Gushulak, Third: Grace MacInnes, Second: Lorelle Weiss, and Lead: Sandra Comadina). Team Gushulak will be competing January 21 – 25, 2015 at the Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, so if you are headed to the event please be sure to cheer the ladies on in their bid to represent British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on February 14 - 20th, 2015.

The second-to-last open men’s qualifying event, which took place December 12 – 14, 2014 saw four VCC men’s team and a fifth with VCC members competing for four spots. Teams Schneider, Brower and Forrest all ended up in the C event with the three teams vying for one qualifying spot. Team Schneider defeated Team Forrest in the semi-final, with Team Brower taking on a team from the Cloverdale Curling Club on their road to the final and an eventual loss to Team Schneider. Team Cooper (Travis Cooper, Jack Holmes, Brian Enns Oldham, and Jeff Berg) went 2-3 in the event and Team Faa (Chris Faa, Leonard Firkus, Brad Blackwell, Jeff Sargent, and Keith Switzer) with a number of VCC members, finished the weekend with a 1-3 record.

December 12-14, 2014 also saw the ladies in action, with 11 teams competing for the last two qualifying spots for the BC Scotties. Team Gibson (Marilou Richter, Amy Gibson, Rebecca Turley, and Michelle Dunn) and VCC members on Team Hudyma (Lindsay Hudyma, Allison DenToom, Carman Cheng, Krista Frazee, and Shelley Birston) both competed and while each team had victories, ultimately they came up short.

We would also like to thank VCC members that provide the Club with updates on teams that are competing but who have not yet caught Competition Corner fever and aren’t updating the Club directly! If you know of any VCC teams competing in events, please email champions@vancurl.com.

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