VCC Brazilians at mixed doubles championship in Toronto

The Brazilan mixed doubles championship is on in Toronto, Nov. 15-19, with several VCC curlers taking part, hoping to represent Brazil at the world mixed doubles championship. Last year's championship was won by VCC curlers Anne Shibuya and Marcio Cernquinho. Other VCC curlers taking part this year include Marcio and Raiss Rodrigues and Claudio Alves. Games from the Royal Canadian Curling Club are being broadcast on YouTube.

November Totem Tales is out

Our monthly newsletter, Totem Tales, for November can be found at 

Curl BC offering webinars for curlers

Curl BC is offering webinars through its high performance program that VCC curlers can take take part in for $20 plus GST. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to expert coaches and sports nutritionists. For more info go to https://www.curlbc.ca/high-performance/calendar/.

Chinese teams at VCC

Harbin team

Two teams and a coach from Harbin, in northern China, have been practising at VCC this week. The women's team competed in VCC's Harvest Bonspiel, Oct. 27-29, while the men's team played in the Dogwood Bonspiel at Royal City CC the same weekend.

VCC curler at world championship qualifier

Chinese Taipei team

Left to right: lead Ting-Li Lin, second Brendon Liu, third Nick Hsu, skip Randy Shen

Thursday Open League curler Nick Hsu is in Erina, Australia representing Chinese Taipei at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship, November 2-9. Hsu is playing third on the team, which includes two other Lower Mainland curlers, Randy Chen and Brendon Liu. Former VCC employee Chris Ordog is also competing with the Australian team. Men's and women's teams from nine countries are competing to qualify for their respective world championships. Event information and live streaming of games can be seen by clicking on the link.

Thompson team wins Harvest Bonspiel

Congratulations to the Aaron Thompson team from VCC, winners of the Harvest Bonspiel, Oct. 27-29. All the results can be found by clicking here.

Thompson team

Left to right: Aaron Thompson, Jack Holmes, Stephen Bailey, Gerald Gunn

Found in the city archives

Here is something club historian Kathy McInnes came across on Facebook, from the City of Vancouver archives. The old building down the street at Dinmont and Midlothian (33rd Avenue) was the first curling-dedicated facility that VCC had. It was on its last legs when the 2010 Winter Olympics came along, leaving the legacy of the new facility we occupy today.

1949 souvenir program

Former national coach making presentations at VCC

Bill Tschirhart, a former national development coach for Curl Canada, will be at VCC on Saturday, Nov. 25 for two off-ice sessions:

10:00 am to 11:30 am - "What Are You Thinking?"

"The success of a curling shot depends as much if not more upon what you do before you step in the hack than what you do after you step into the hack," says Bill. "I've tried to encapsulate what we've all heard from sport psychologists at one time or another, but into a workable, understandable package. It has resonated well!"

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - "The Strategy & Tactics Workshop"

The workshop is not about what shots to play, but rather identifying the strengths of a team and making sure the team plays to those strengths. "The workshop is very revealing to teams," Bill says. "The participants will be empowered by me following the session to conduct the workshop for their teams."

VCC members pay $18.00 for one session or $30.00 for both. Non-members pay $20.00 for one session or $35.00 for both. Click here for registration and online payment. 

VCC curler wins Vernon cashspiel

VCC curler Jeff Guignard has won the Prestige Hotels Classic cashspiel in Vernon, winning $5,000. Go to http://www.worldcurl.com/post.php?postid=779.

 

Jeff Guignard

 

Curl BC high performance coach giving lessons at VCC

Will Sutton Curl BC high performance coach Will Sutton is now offering lessons at VCC. Will can provide half-hour lessons to individuals with video delivery analysis or video sweeping analysis. He can also run a team practice with two additional team practice plans to take away for use later. Click here for more information and online booking.
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