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).
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.
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
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.