Power Couples team wins Spring Thaw Bonspiel

In place of the annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel, which will return next season, VCC held the Spring Thaw Bonspiel on the March 25-27 weekend. Here are the event winners.

 

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Power Couples,  A event winners (left to right): Paige Phillips, Connor Kent, Sarah Loken, Cody Tanaka

 

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Einarson's Angels, B event winners (left to right): Chris Duke, Al Lens, Stephanie Jones, Kevin Jeffers

 

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Team Fenton, C event winners: Matthew Fenton, Ashley Fenton, Darin Fenton (far right), Evan Fenton

 

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Team Greenlaw, D event winners (left to right): Kelsie Doering, Ian Baart, Kip Greenlaw, Sean Medhurst


Newsletter - February 2022

  Try Curling

We're offering Try Curling sessions throughout February and March. For more information and registration go to https://www.vancurl.com/index.php/curling/try-curling.

 

 More learn-to-curl programs coming up

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Our next set of learn-to-curl programs is coming up, and we still have space in the Saturday 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm program that starts on Feb. 19. Beginning at the end of March, we are also offering learn-to-curl programs on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. For more information and registration go to https://vancurl.com/index.php/curling/learn-to-curl.

 

Watch the Super Bowl at VCC with food and drink specials

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Come join us Sunday for the Super Bowl and enjoy our food and drink specials:

Food Specials

Super Bowl o' Bean Dip  $10

Tailgate Smokies  $6  (Chips $2, Cheese $2, Chili $4)

Touchdown Tots  $6

Defense Deviled Eggs  $4

Drink Specials

Super Caesars or Hail Marys  $8

End Zone (Bourbon, Lemonade and Lager)  $8

Field Goal (Vodka, Raspberry, Ginger Beer)  $8

Floats  $4

 

Looking for nominations for honourary life members and volunteer of the year

Nominations are welcome for Honourary Life Members and Volunteer of the Year.
Criteria for Volunteer of the Year nominations
  • Have contributed to the betterment of the entire Club, for outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the season
  • Have provided value and effort beyond minimum requirements
  • Service must benefit the Club as a whole, not just a specific league
  • Volunteer service may be done outside the VCC (e.g. a VCC delegate to an external curling group)
  • Board members are not eligible as a function of their board activities
  • Must be current VCC members
  • The nomination should be supported by at least two Club members
Criteria for Honourary Life Member nominations
  • Demonstrated a solid commitment to the sport of curling in general
  • Demonstrated a strong commitment to the Vancouver Curling Club
  • Has a record of involvement in VCC sponsored events, involving both time and effort
  • Commitment to all facets of curling, including fair play, association with other curlers, etc.
Submissions for nomination should be in written form and should include the name of the nominee, the name of the nominating member, and a letter which outlines how the member believes the nominee meets the criteria outlined above. Please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Deadline for Volunteer of the Year nominations is Tuesday, Mar 15.

Deadline for Honourary Life Member nominations is Thursday, Mar 31. 

 

Keep your belongings safe

Unfortunately, we’ve noted the theft of some curling brooms and other personal effects within our lower lobby over the past few months, but more so in the past few weeks. Hillcrest Center is a public community center, and we can’t always control who enters the curling club, which leaves us vulnerable to theft of items left in the open. Parks board staff have also noted an increase in small theft throughout Hillcrest Center overall.

We would just like to take the opportunity to remind our members to secure their personal effects and ensure that you are taking your belongings with you after games always. If you believe you have lost something, please check with staff as we regularly place items in our lost and found box.

Women's lockers are still available to be rented for the remainder of the season for $25 at https://vancouver.curling.io/en/events/10461-women-s-lockers.

 

Bring your group for a fun curling outing at VCC

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Curling is a fun event for your company, social group, friends and family to partake in. VCC offers group ice rentals with coaches and equpment provided. Afterwards, join us upstairs in the lounge for food and drink. For more information visit the rentals page of our website.

 


Newsletter - March 2022

Spring Thaw Spiel March 25-27
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Due to Covid issues, the Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel will not be held this season. (See a note from our committee at the end of the newsletter) In its place, we are holding the Spring Thaw Spiel on the March 25-27 weekend. This will be an open format bonspiel at $320 per team. Features include an iron toss with really old curling "irons," rather than granite stones, plus four-end Skins games on Saturday night after dinner. Dinner will be provided by Smoke & Bones BBQ,. Extra dinner tickets are $30 each. Online Registration Avilable Here

Learn-to-curl program running in April

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The Winter Olympics have inspired many people to try out curling recently. We've had about 700 people sign up for our Try Curling program that runs until the end of the month and is already sold out! With all the interest, we've added a five-session learn-to-curl program that runs on weekday evenings in April, starting on Monday, Apr. 4. Visit our learn-to-curl page for more information and registration.

VCC Championship to run April 8-10 weekend

The VCC Championship will start on the evening of Friday, Apr. 8 and continue with draws on Saturday and Sunday. This is a change from the event running Monday to Thursday evenings, as in past years. We're looking at a 32-team event with any spots not filled by leagues to be filled by teams who want to compete but did not qualify through their leagues.

Waitlist Registration opens Wed March 15th at 7:00pm PST here: https://vancouver.curling.io/en/events/12023-vcc-club-championships-waitlist
Teams will need to provide a $100 deposit which will be refunded if they 1. Are Offered a Spot and Attend or 2. Are Not Offered a Spot.
Deposit is forfieted if a team is Offered a Spot but is Unavailable/Unable to accept/attend.

Promote your business at VCC

Put your business front and centre at the Vancouver Curling club by becoming one of our sponsors. We have various sponsorship packages available, including promoting your business on our TV screens in the lobby or with logos in the ice. For more information, contact general manager Patrick Prade at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-874-0122.

VCC closed Good Friday and Easter Monday

Easter falls on the April 16-17 weekend this year, when league play is finished. The club will close on Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18, but be open on both Saturday and Sunday for practice, rentals and learn-to-curl programming.

Last day of curling and locker clean out deadline is April 30

League play may be over, but we still keep the ice in until the end of April for rentals. Members have access to practice ice in April as well.

If you have rented a locker this season, please be sure to remove all items and your lock by our last day of curling, April 30. Members are not permitted to keep a lock on lockers over the off season or reserve the same locker for next season.

Try Curling Success

Our Try Curling Program had over 700 people sign up and attend this Feb/Mar.

If you've got friends/family interested in Trying Curling, this program will be back in September.
https://www.vancurl.com/index.php/curling/try-curling

Note From Our Special Events Committee 

The Barry Naimark Charity Skins will be back next year with Rainbow Refugee as the beneficiary of the event.

With the uncertainty of COVID restrictions we decided there was not adequate time to plan an event that would raise the most possible funds for Charity.  
So, save the date for next March.
 
If you still want some skins action, sign up for the Spring Thaw bonspiel. There will be four end skins games after dinner. 
 
On behalf of the Special Events Committee,
Kathy McInnes, co-chair
 
 

Leagues to continue, but bonspiels cancelled under new Covid regulations

The recent public health order has led to the cancellation of the Hog-many Bonspiel on Dec. 31 and the Pac Rim Cup, Jan. 21-23. If the order is extended beyond Jan. 31 then other club bonspiels could be cancelled. The Doubles Bonspiel is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5.

The PHO allows other club curling to continue as before, but brings in changes to the lounge when it reopens on Jan. 3. Tables will be separated by two metres and seat no more than six people. You will no longer be allowed to mingle or move between tables.

 

Curl BC coaching course at VCC

Curl BC is offering the club coach course at VCC on the Jan. 29-30 weekend. Successful completion of the course makes you eligible to work as a paid club coach at VCC, instructing rental groups and learn-to-curl programs. We are always looking for more coaches! For more information and registration go to the Curl BC club coaches webpage.

 

VCC curlers second at Canadian senior women's championship

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In recent months, Grace MacInnes (right) and Diane Gushulak (second from right) were practising at VCC in preparation for senior women's (50 years plus) competition. Grace and Diane won the BC championship in October, playing front end on the Mary-Anne Arsenault team, then topped it off with a second-place finish at the Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships, Dec. 6 -11 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The championship final against Saskatchewan can be viewed on Curling Canada's Youtube channel.

 

VCC curlers heading to Kamloops for BC championships  

Curl BC originally postponed its championships scheduled for January due to the new Covid regulations, but has obtained an exemption that allows them to go on as planned. As a result, some VCC curlers will be heading to Kamloops, Jan. 4-9, for the BC Scotties and the BC Men's Curling Championship.

Diane Gushulak (see above) is skipping a team that includes senior teammate Grace MacInnes as an alternate. Granville Island League curler Sandra Comadina is third on the Sheila Cowan team and VCC practice members Kayla MacMillan, Sarah Loken and Kim Dennis are part of the BC Scotties field as well. Thursday Open League curler Jeff Guignard is in the BC Men's Curling Championship, as are VCC ice tech/bartender Cody Tanaka, VCC high performance coach Sterling Middleton and practice member Kelly McQuiggan. Coverage of both events will be on the Curl BC playdowns website.

 

Ice and rocks revitalised over the Christmas break

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VCC head ice technician Norm Scott reports that ice maintenance on the holiday break went exceptionally well, and the ice looks like it was "just installed yesterday." Norm also got out the sandpaper to work on the running edges, so expect more curl next time you play. The ice looks shiny in the picture above as it has just been flooded.

 

Volunteers sought for club historical archiving

The Vancouver Curling Club is looking for volunteers with experience in historical archiving, both for collecting new content and maintaining past material. Interested individuals can contact the chair of the membership & communications committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. VCC's history stretches back to 1912 when curling started at the Denman Arena.

 

Some space still left in learn-to-curl programs and novice leagues starting in January

We have some space, but not much, available in the learn-to-curl progams and novice leagues that are beginning in January. Click on the links below for more information and registration.

Saturday LTC programs - 4:45 pm or 7:00 pm

Saturday Novice League - 7:00 pm

Monday Beginners' League - 6:45 pm and 9:00 pm

Wednesday Teen Program - 4:00 pm 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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604-874-0122
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The Vancouver Curling Club is located at Hillcrest Centre in the facility that hosted the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games curling competitions. With eight sheets of ice in a modern, bright and accessible building, the VCC has over 1,400 members who participate in 28 weekly leagues.

The Vancouver Curling Club acknowledges that we operate on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish First Nations who lived here before us and continue to live here.

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