League Spotlight - VCC Blind and Visually Impaired League

"I'm enjoying my experience [with the Blind & Visually Impaired League] more than I could have imagined. I would have joined sooner than this if I'd known I'd have so much fun," shares Linda, a member since 2014. Blind and visually impaired curlers throughout the Lower Mainland have been active in the sport since 1962. The league was formed by Joe Lewis, then an employee of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). In 1974, the league moved from its original home, the Pacific Curling Club, to the old Vancouver Curling Club on Dinmont Avenue. The League continues to curl at VCC every Wednesday from 12pm - 2pm.

"Curling for individuals with visual impairments provides a type of "sight" that would otherwise not exist," says Carol Kent, long time volunteer and League Rep. "Volunteers use a combination of sounds, bright lights, physical cues, and verbal direction to help the blind curlers "see" the sheet of ice, and help them throw the correct line and weight."

Members are deeply committed to the sport. Linda explains: "I travel from Surrey every Wednesday for our curling practices, with Jeeves, my loyal yellow lab guide dog. We take 2 buses and the Skytrain. A one way commute takes us 2 hours, we leave home just before 9:00 am and we return home at around 4:00 pm."

"I'm willing to devote an entire day, once a week, to be able to participate with the VCC Blind & Visually Impaired League. The socialization, skill development, and the camaraderie of being part of a team is crucial for my emotional and physical well being. Without these types of recreational outlets, I could easily become isolated, lonely, and dependent on my family. Having a reason to get out regularly promotes self confidence and independence."

The League is made up of fourteen members, a few furry friends and a cohort of dedicated volunteers who support members in realizing success on the ice. League members value their friendships with volunteers, and along with VCC, are grateful for their commitment.

If you know a curler, who may be diagnosed with macular degeneration, please let them know they can continue to participate in the great game by joining the VCC Blind & Visually Impaired League. The League welcomes both new members and volunteers. For more information, please contact Carol Kent: carolkent@telus.net.

Blind & Visually Impaired League members and the Vancouver Curling Club thank the Province of BC for their continued financial support.

VCC Curling - A Corporate Team Building Concept

The Vancouver Curling Club (VCC) has become a hot bed for progressively thinking corporations looking to experience new and exciting team building sessions. Our facility has been used to build team synergy by Vancouver's tech elite, sporting organizations, theatre companies, choral groups, and a myriad of other local and visiting businesses.

Phil Summers, Toronto Raptors Media Relations said this about his team's recent visit to the VCC:

"While in Vancouver some of the Raptors staff wanted to try something new. Curling offered a great opportunity to have some fun while also proving to be a different type of challenge for the group. The Raptors would like to extend a special thanks to the Vancouver Curling Club for providing a great space, Olympic-level equipment, and just enough coaching to level the playing field."

VCC will tailor a positive experience for groups of all sizes and skill levels. Our coaching staff is ready to get beginners up to speed while honing the skills of more experienced curlers. Many of our customers use the skills of our staff to create mini competitions; ask us about our "build-a-bonspiel" package.

Lululemon and Intel, brought nearly 200 employees to our ice.
"The great thing about curling is that unless you have done a lot of it, everyone is pretty much at the same level. One shot you might miss completely and the next you're right on the button and the whole team is cheering for you. It's a great way to build a team atmosphere with staff and co-workers. Our 60 plus person team was able to spend some time on the ice, followed by a more formal session in the lounge" remarked a representative of local tech company, Hootsuite.

The modern and accessible lounge and boardroom can be transformed to suit 200 people; a casual lounge with couches and chairs, or a formal setting with tables and chairs. Lounge staff supports food and beverage needs, and a high end audio-visual system, with screens in the lounge and ice shed, allows clients to personalize their messaging during their booking.

For more information, or to book our facilities fill out this form: http://vancurl.com/rentals/submit-rental-request or contact Shirley at 604-874-0122 or smann@vancurl.com

We look forward to curling with you and your group.

VCC's Junior Development Program is Growing

The VCC's Junior Development program is a Club-run league that is coached by dedicated volunteers. The league welcomes young people ages 10-18, to learn the game, develop their curling skills and have some fun while learning the sport. It is open to all skill levels including those who have never curled before. The Program runs 23 Saturdays from 11:30am to 1:30pm from Sept. 19 to April 9.

Last season's Junior Development Program saw a 100% increase (from 21 members in 2013 to 42 members in 2014).


"We expect to see between 45 and 50 members in this season's Junior Development League", says Mark Robinson, volunteer coach and Club Past President.

The league consists of engaging drills, game scenarios, and mock games to help the Juniors develop their skills. There are also opportunities to dress up and have fun during the Halloween and Christmas season, as well an a Crazy Wig Day.


Pre-Season VCC Clinics a Resounding Success

The pre-season beginner, beyond the basics, and intermediate clinics have come and gone. With over 50 individuals combined, this year represented a 25% increase in clinic attendance over last year. Thanks to the great coaches and all who participated.

If you missed the button on these pre-season clinics don't smash your broom all over the ice, just register for one of our in-season clinics. Learn about them and register here: vancurl.com/lessons-clinics/clinics

<-- Coaches Brad and Croft teach ideal come-around strategies for a high corner guard


A Warm Welcome to the VCC's New and Returning Curlers

Curling is upon us, it's time to pull out your slippery shoes and warm clothes (I know, it still feels like summer) and come down to the VCC for some curling. Stay tuned to your league rep's emails as they will indicate when your particular league will start curling.

We look forward to curling with you this 2015 - 2016 season. Welcome back all returning members, and to our new members, we hope the VCC soon feels like home.

Good Curling!

55+ BC Games Curling Events

The 55+ BC Games “For Life, For Sport and Friends” is an annual multi sporting event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society for the 55+ population of BC to participate in 20 to 29 individual sports. This year the city of North Vancouver hosted the event with 3,500 athletes participating in 24 sports from August 25 - 29. The Vancouver Curling Club hosted the six events in three curling categories: Women’s, Men’s and Mixed. At the end of the event, teams were really appreciative to the organizers, VCC staff and for the great ice! A special thanks to our Ice Shed team for getting the ice in early and to rave reviews!

For the results of the 55+ BC Games visit: www.55plusbcgames.org

2015 VCC Volunteer BBQ & AGM

The VCC's Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 3 from 7pm to 9pm and is open to all VCC members to attend. Our AGM is an important activity for our member-run organization. It provides the Board an opportunity to summarize its activities for the year, and it also gives members a chance to voice their feedback. In addition, a number of positions on the Club’s Board of Directors are up for election at each AGM. For more information, click here.

Did you volunteer at the Club last season? The annual VCC Volunteer BBQ will take place from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 3 (before the AGM). All volunteers of the 2014-2015 season are invited to come down and enjoy a drink and BBQ meal and socialize with other members. Please RSVP to Ryan via email mms@vancurl.com

Team Tully Takes Silver at Pacific International Playdowns

It was a terrific week for Team Tully: Jeff Guignard (Skip), Brock Tully (Third), Dustin Koch (Second), Nick Kuit (Lead), and Ron McKay (Alternate) at the Pacific International Cup Event, the qualifier for the Travelers Canadian Club Championships.

Unfortunately a silver medal means that the team does not receive an all expenses paid trip to Ottawa for the Champs, however it does mean that they're the second best club team in BC, which is quite spectacular. The boys went 6-1 in the round robin, beating the team from Richmond, who won the Lower Mainland Challenge a week earlier. Their loss in the round robin was to Chilliwack, the team tha would eventually beat them in the finals for the BC pool.

Team Gray are VCC's 2015 Club Champions!

It is with great pleasure that the VCC announces Team Gray (Skip: Andrew Gray, Third: Andrew Forrest, Second: Kris Davis, Lead: Allison DenToom) from the Thursday Open, as the 2015 VCC Club Champions. Team Gray is pictured to the right.

On Thursday April 16th, Team Gray defeated Team Holmes (Skip: Jack Holmes, Third: Brian Enns-Oldham, Second: Mark Trowell, Lead: Jeff Berg, Alternate: Aaron Thompson) from the PRCL, to secure the title.

It was a storied bonspiel for team Gray, defeating teams such as Meller (Super Seniors, and eventual winners of the B-Final), and Tully (VCC's representatives in the Pacific International Cup) to clinch the title. Congratulations Team Gray!


The B-Final was also a hard fought battle, with Team Meller (Skip: Harvey Meller, Third: Brad Burton, Second: Jerry Ewan, Lead: Joel Bronstein, Alt: Brian Gessner, Alt: Steve Zolnay, Alt: Jim Tarnava) from the Super Seniors, beating Team Sutherland from the Granville Island Open.

Men Win Bronze at Lower Mainland Travelers Club Challenge Playdowns

The men's team consisting of Jeff Guignard (Skip), Brock Tully (Third), Dustin Koch (Second), Nick Kuit (Lead), and Ron McKay (Alternate) won their first two games on Friday against Port Moody (9-3) and Langley (9-2). They suffered a loss to Delta Thistle (8-5) on Saturday morning, however if they win against Tunnel Town at 4:30pm they will make it into the Semis.

In an exciting tie breaker 9-8 Team Tully won its way into the Dominion semi-finals. They're playing the home club Richmond team. Behind 6-2 after end 4, took 3 on a flash by the opposition skip and drew for the 3rd point. They then stole 1 to claw their way back. Delta took 2 and Vancouver took 2. 8-8 going into the last end without hammer. Jeff Guignard guarded a centre line rock in the 8 foot. Opposition skip peeled. Jeff tapped 8 foot rock into top 4 foot. Delta skip called draw but was heavy. That's the story. Team Tully at 11.

On Sunday they played Richmond, the home club and suffered a loss that sent them to the Bronze medal game. The top 3 teams proceed to the Pacific International Cup (PIC). Team Tully came out on top against Cloverdale to secure the bronze and the berth to the PIC. CONGRATULATIONS TEAM TULLY!

The Women's team consisting of Shelley Birston (Skip), Allison Dendoom (Third) Siobhan Robinson (Second), and Krista Frazee (Lead) unfortunately lost their third and final game at the same time this article was published. On Friday they beat Delta Thistle (8-0) and on Saturday were victorious against Tunnel Town (9-2), however fell to Coquitlam on Saturday afternoon.

Great work ladies, and good luck to the men at the PIC.

For a full list of results: http://www.bcclubchallenge.ca/mainlandcomp.php

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