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.

Competition Corner - November 2014

Competition Corner (November 2014) - Update

We have a couple of corrections and a couple of editions to the jam-packed November edition of Competition Corner.

November was a great month for VCC members in competitive events as bonspiel season hit full stride and results keep pouring in. We have a lot to report from mixed, women’s, and men’s events so we will jump right to it.

Team Forrest had a successful month winning the Marpole Mixed Bonspiel, the B Event at the Peace Arch Mixed Bonspiel and the C Event at the Tunnel Town Mixed Bonspiel with a come from behind three in the eighth. Team Forrest consists of Andrew Forrest, Allison DenToom, Dave Marchant and Becky Campbell. Krista Frazee was subbed in for Becky Campbell at the Peace Arch ‘spiel.

Andrew Forrest also skips a men’s team that played in the Coronation Classic in Maple Ridge. While they had a big extra end win against Sean Geall the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

VCC colours were in full force at the Tunnel Town Mixed Bonspiel as Team Robinson (Mark and Siobhan Robinson, Heather Lawrence, Craig Coyne) had a great run making it all the way to the A final where they had a pick in the second end which led to a steal of four for their opponents and left them chasing the rest of the game. The team was very proud to take a “solid silver”.

Continuing with their busy bonspiel schedule Team Gibson (Marilou Richter, Amy Gibson, Rebecca Turley, Michelle Dunn) came oh so close to qualifying for the BC Scotties, rattling off three straight wins before falling short by one in the last end of the C final at the Provincial Playdowns in Kelowna. The team also had a successful runs at the Vancouver Island Shoot Out making it all the way to the semifinals in a competitive field and a sixth place finish at the Coronation Classic in Maple Ridge.

Team Ocean Village (Diane Gushulak, Grace MacInnes, Lorelle Weiss, Sandra Comadina) kicked off their bonspiel schedule at the Vancouver Island Shoot Out, the first of five world curling tour events the team is playing in this season, where they took home second place.

VCC men had a strong showing at the North Delta Men's Bonspiel with Team Schneider taking home the A Event and Team Brower taking the B Event with a win over Team Forrest.

A number of VCC men’s teams competed at the Golden Ears Curling Club at the start of the month, all of them picking up valuable points on the Region 11 Men's Tour. Team Brower (Jan Bos and Richard Brower) took home the C Event. Team Schneider and Team Forrest had great runs losing in the A final and B semifinal, respectively.

Congratulations to all of the above members and those who competed but who have yet to let the Club know when they are playing. Be sure to follow the VCC on Facebook ( facebook.com/vancurl) and twitter (@vancurling) to cheer our members on. If you are curling in an event, please contact champions@vancurl.com.

Choose the VCC for Your Annual Corporate Christmas Event

VCC Christmas Party

The VCC is a perfect place to celebrate your office Christmas Party with a curling session (for any level of curler) followed by food and drinks in the Last Draw Lounge. The Last Draw Lounge and licensed boardroom are also available for rent for parties and other corporate events. Our rates are incredibly reasonable and our venue second to none.

To book your event please fill out our online form

Harvest Bonspiel a Resounding Success

This past weekend saw the VCC host our annual fall classic, the Harvest Bonspiel. Featuring a sell-out of 32 teams representing clubs from across the Lower Mainland as well as some visitors from south of the border, the eventual champions were the Shamrockers from the VCC.

  2014 Harvest Bonspiel Champions - Shamrockers

Featured above, the winning team is from the VCC and plays in the Shamrock, Motors and Thursday Open leagues. Team members (pictured left to right) include: Kris Wright, Selwyn Alexander, Brett Ballah, and Andrew Playfoot. Other event winners from the weekend-long 'spiel were as follows:

  • B Winners - Meller/Gray (from the VCC - Sunday Open, Super Seniors, Thursday Open)
          Andrew Gray, Harvey Meller, Jon Braun, Norm Scott
  • C Winners - The Curldashians (from the VCC - PacRim Curling League)
          Christopher Ordog, Aaron Lindgren, Stephen Bailey, Logan Chinski
  • D winners - Hill; (from the VCC - Shamrock, Motors League, B&B)
          Earl Hill, Steve Nelson, Keith Budd, Shawn Joinson

    Click here for more details, including the complete event draw.

    Special thanks to the event organizers, led by Mark Robinson and Craig Coyne, as well as Kathy McInnes and all of the volunteers and staff who helped ensure everyone had a great time on and off the ice.

     

  • Competition Corner - October 2014

    Welcome to Competition Corner, a new feature on our website in which we highlight achievements of VCC members in events outside of VCC bonspiels in the prior month. One of the goals of the Club's Board of Directors when planning for the move to the VCC's post-Olympic home was to support competitive curling with the hope that the VCC would once again become home to some of the best curlers in the Province.

    Over the last four years we have had VCC members participate in, and win, regional, national and provincial events. At the VCC we believe it is important to celebrate not just the successes, but all our members' efforts. We established champions@vancurl.com this year so that members can let the Club know when they are playing outside the VCC.

    VCC Seeking Junior Ice Technician

    The Vancouver Curling Club is currently seeking two full-time positions to start immediately for an annual term:

    • Junior Ice Technician

    Click here for more information about these exciting job opportunities.

    Affordable curling at the VCC

    The VCC strives to make curling affordable for people at differing stages of life out of respect for a diverse membership that includes youth, students, people entering the workforce, people established in their careers, and retirees.

    To put the cost of curling in perspective, we calculated the average cost of curling per week and compared it with other popular entertainment and fitness activities. To read more about this and other topics to get you back into a curling frame of mind, check out the September edition of The Backline

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