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This coming season the BC Men’s and Women’s Championships will be held simultaneously at the same location, with Quesnel hosting the two provincial events from January 29 to February 3, 2019. Quesnel was announced as the host of the 2019 BC Men’s Championship last December, and with the announcement that they will now also be hosting the 2019 Scotties BCWomen’s Championship, the original dates of both events have been changed to January 29 to February 3 in order to accommodate the hosting of both events concurrently.

The two championships will be held at Quesnel’s newWest Fraser Centre, an arena that is equipped with an ice surface and seating for 1,300 people. “We’re super excited to be able to host a Men’s andWomen’s Championship event in the city of Quesnel in a brand new arena,” said Quesnel Curling Centre coordinator Dave Plant. “I think that having the 20 best men’s and women’s teams in one venue in the North in a 1,300 seat arena with lots of viewing, it’s just going to be tremendous for the area in the North to be able to put this on. [We’re] in a brand new arena with top of the line refrigeration [and] we’re ecstatic about it.” “Curl BC is very pleased that the City of Quesnel has stepped up to host the BCWomen’s and Men’s Curling Championships together at the newWest Fraser Centre,” said Curl BC CEO Scott Braley. “Normally these championships are held separately, but this is a fantastic opportunity for both the women and men to compete on arena ice and best practice for preparing the winners for the Scotties and Brier respectively.This promises to be www.curlbc.ca IN THIS ISSUE 2019 BC Championships 2 Curl BC celebrates Pride in Vancouver 3 Get to know the BC Junior Curling Tour 6 Rockslide 2018 a fun learning experience 4 CURLING CONNECTION The August 2018 Upcoming workshops 9 National Coaches Week 11 1 @ Fortius Sport & Health Quesnel to host both Men’s and Women’s 2019 BC Championships Continued on page 2 Quesnel’s West Fraser Centre Kimberly Dennis joins the Curl BC team 5 U15 Challenge Cup & Development Camp 13

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August 2018 a great promotion for curling in the Northwest region of BC.” The 2019 BC Men’s Championship will feature 12 men’s teams competing for the chance to represent BC at theTim Hortons Brier.The 12 teams will play a modified triple knockout with a four- team page playoff. The 2019 Scotties BCWomen’s Championship will feature eight women’s teams competing for the chance to represent BC at the ScottiesTournament of Hearts.The eight teams will play a round robin with a four-team page playoff. From page 1 2 A leader in the world of curling stone manufacturing and repairs. SPEACIALIZING IN: • NEW Trefor Granite Curling Stones • LiteRock Junior Curling Stones • THE BOSS Battery Powered Ice Scrapers • NEW Flex Beam Scraper Blade • Blade Sharpening and Servicing • Curlex Curling Stone Handles • Ice Equipment Tel. (519) 666-0116 Fax (519) 666-0118 www.canadacurlingstone.on.ca A leader in the world of curling stone manufacturing and repairs. SPEACIALIZING IN: • NEW Trefor Granite Curling Stones • LiteRock Junior Curling Stones • THE BOSS Battery Powered Ice Scrapers • NEW Flex Beam Scraper Blade • Blade Sharpening and Servicing • Curlex Curling Stone Handles • Ice Equipment Tel. (519) 666-0116 Fax (519) 666-0118 www.canadacurlingstone.on.ca A leader in the world of curling stone manufacturing and repairs. SPEACIALIZING IN: • NEW Trefor Granite Curling Stones • LiteRock Junior Curling Stones • THE BOSS Battery Powered Ice Scrapers • NEW Flex Beam Scraper Blade • Blade Sharpening and Servicing • Curlex Curling Stone Handles • Ice Equipment Tel. (519) 666-0116 Fax (519) 666-0118 www.canadacurlingstone.on.ca 2019 BC Championships Looking for a bonspiel to play in this season? The most up to date version of the 2018-19 Bonspiel Calendar can be found online : www.curlbc.ca/bonspiel-calendar/ BC Junior Curling Championship Vernon Curling Club December 27, 2018 - January 1, 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship Langley Curling Centre January 4-6, 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship Presented by Best Western Quesnel,West Fraser Centre January 29 - February 3, 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship Presented by Barkerville HistoricTown & Park Quesnel,West Fraser Centre January 29 - February 3, 2019 BC Senior Curling Championship Trail Curling Association February 19-24, 2019 BC Open Stick Curling Championship Chase and District Curling Club February 22-24, 2019 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship Abbotsford Curling Club February 26 - March 3, 2019 BC High School Curling Championship (not run by Curl BC) Golden EarsWinter Club February 28 - March 2, 2019 BC Masters Curling Championship Nanaimo Curling Centre March 5-10, 2019 BC U18 Curling Championship Juan de Fuca Curling Centre March 12-17, 2019 AMJ CampbellVan Lines BC Mixed Curling Championship TBD March 27-31, 2019 See more at www.curlbc.ca/2019-bc-championships/ Information on playdowns can be found at www.curlbc.ca/playdowns/

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August 2018 Curl BC has been busy over the summer preparing for the 2018-19 curling season and promoting our sport. Many of our highlights from this summer are detailed in this edition of The Curling Connection, such as the Optimist Rockslide Summer Curling Camp, the announcement that Quesnel will host both the Men’s andWomen’s 2019 BC Championships, and Curl BC’s involvement in Pride Sports Day and theVancouver Pride Parade. This season we will continue to work towards ourVision 2020 strategic plan, as we look forward to celebrating the 125th anniversary of curling in BC in 2020. As part of this plan, we are excited about several new programs and opportunities we are launching this season, such as the BC Men’s and Women’s CurlingTours and the U15 Challenge Cup and Development Camp. Curl BC will continue to work with member facilities to help them grow and develop their membership.We suggest member facilities re-familiarize themselves with the benefits and resources available to them (https:// www.curlbc.ca/member-resources/) and encourage member facilities to contact us for assistance with funding opportunities, governance, marketing, education, and more.

Our staff and our board continue to operate on the following six core values: Family –We are a community of individuals that acts like a family that is connected and passionate about the sport of curling. Excellence –We are committed to meeting or exceeding the highest standards at all times. Commitment –We align both personal and corporate goals to enable a commitment to succeed so that the organization will be successful for all. Integrity –We act in a fair, consistent and forthright manner which enables honourable delivery of our programs and services.

Respect –We show respect by collaborating, communicating and cooperating with all of our members, partners and stakeholders. Transparency –We act in an open manner. Finally, Curl BC would like to give a warm welcome to Kimberly Dennis, who joined our team this past month as our new Education and Camps Coordinator. Will Sutton has transferred over to the role of Competitions Manager. We look forward to another exciting season. Be safe on the ice, and good curling! 3 Message from Curl BC CEO Scott Braley Curl BC celebrates Pride at Vancouver events Curl BC celebrated Pride this summer at theVancouver Pride Society’s Pride Sports Day and Pride Parade!

Curl BC would like to say a big thank you to the Pacific Rim Curling League, which borrowed Curl BC’s floor curling equipment for use at their tent at the Pride Sports Day, which took place on July 22 at Second Beach. More information on the Pacific Rim Curling League (PRCL), which is based inVancouver, can be found at www.prcl.ca Curl BC would also like to say thank you to everyone who came out and joined Curl BC, viaSport, the Canadian Olympic Committee, andYou Can Play in theVancouver Pride Parade on August 5!

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August 2018 Rockslide 2018 a fun learning experience for kids, coaches For the eighth summer in a row, youth curlers descended upon the Okanagan for the Optimist Rockslide Summer Curling Camp. An annual Curl BC highlight, this year the camp had 104 kids between the ages of 10 and 18 in attendance. There were campers from all 11 Curl BC regions, as well campers from Alberta, Saskatchewan,Washington State, and even Hungary. “[A big highlight] was definitely meeting a whole bunch of different people that I’ve never met on ice and off the ice,” said camp participant Keelie Duncan. “It was really cool to meet them, and looking at some of the players, they could be the future representatives of BC at the Scotties or the Brier.” Led by a team of 23 instructors, this group of kids engaged in a range of on and off ice activities and training at Kelowna Curling Club from July 9 to 12. Divided into four groups (Quakes, Landslides,Tsunamis, and Avalanche) based on skill level, the campers learned and practiced curling skills such as sliding and sweeping. In-class sessions focused on topics such as goal setting, team dynamics, mental skills, and more.

“My biggest highlight from the camp was when I was able to spend an hour and a half with Karsten [Sturmay] just working on making small adjustments to my slide,” said camp participant Mitchell Kopytko. “A few key things I learned at camp were to lead my slide with my shoulders, set my rock out on release, and to hold my broom so that it is tucked into my hip, allowing me to be more balanced for bigger hit weight.” In addition, campers took part in team builder activities such as the Rockslide Mudder, where they participated in 12 activities (such as the Slip and Slide) in groups, and the Great Shoot Out, a friendly competition where the groups took turns throwing a draw to the button and the team with the highest accumulative total was crowned the Great Shoot Out champions.

Alongside the Rockslide Summer Camp was the Rockslide Coach Camp, in which nine competition coaches, led by Darryl and Kate Horne, had the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through player and coach panels and guest speakers. “We had an AHA! board where our coach participants could share what they found to be new learnings,” said Darryl. “Interactions with a lot of Rockslide Kids Camp instructors provided coach campers with a variety of perspectives and a greater depth of knowledge. Dean Joanisse always entertains and fascinates with his presentation on ticks shots, angles and drag effect, and Jim Cotter was open, honest and passionate in his sit down chat about coaching and a number of other relevant topics with coach participants.” For Coach Camp participant Len Chong, the video analysis session was very valuable.

“Darryl looked at video from my delivery and gave me more than a few pointers on what I was doing wrong,” explained Chong. “Darryl’s analysis has made me more self-aware of correcting my own delivery, and this will make me more aware of the challenges and questions my players might have when I try to give them advice on their delivery.” Curl BC was also excited to be able to work with Canucks Autism Network to host aTraining andTry It session at Kelowna Curling Club on July 8 for coaches to learn more about working with kids and managing the various challenges they may encounter in their programs.

“Thanks to Jim Cotter,TylerTardi and Dezaray Hawes for visiting the camp along with this year’s special guests from the University of Alberta, Kristen Streifel and Karsten Sturmay, who will both represent Canada at the 2019 Universiade,” said Curl BC Competitions ManagerWill Sutton. “Special thanks to the Kelowna Curling Club for hosting us in their great 12 sheet facility.The ice and food were great.” Photos from the camp can be found on the Curl BC Facebook page. 4

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August 2018 5 STICKY MAT Sticky Mat is a Curl BC sponsor that can offer its high quality mats and frames to BC curling centres. Mat Dimensions Price/case 18”x36” $34.10 24”x30” $38.70 24”x36” $45.00 The company will ship using your carrier account or will ship Greyhound door-to-door express and will add the cost to your invoice. Payment can be made via cheque. Call Jason Kang at 1-204-990-9936 or email nasdigitech@naver.com. Please use promo code 2723 when placing your order. Visit www.nasdigitech.com for details. A case contains 4 mats of 120 sheets. Frame Dimensions Price/frame 25”x37” (for 24”x36” mats) $39.00 in white or blue 19”x37” (for 18”x36” mats) $29.00 in white or blue From Our Orchard www.ambrosiaapples.com ®The AMBROSIA & cross section design trademarks are used under license from Wilfrid and Sally Mennell Proud Sponsor of Canadian Curling To Your House Curl BC welcomes Kimberly Dennis to the team Curl BC is excited to announce that Kimberly Dennis has joined the organization as the new Education and Camps Coordinator.

Kimberly has a wealth of experience in curling management, with over 15 years of experience working as an Assistant Manager at Richmond Curling Centre. A trained coach and accomplished curler, Kimberly is looking forward to working with Curl BC staff and volunteers on the implementation of Curl BC’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and professional development opportunities for coaches. Her role will also involve overseeing and coordinating community events, the Rockslide Summer Curling Camp, the Officiating Program, the Jet Ice Technician Program and development camps for a range of Sport for Life curlers, including wheelchair curlers. “I’m excited to have an integral role in the growth and development of our sport,” said Kimberly. “I’m looking forward to organizing the various programs, workshops, and camps. It’s going to be fun working with the athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers within BC.” Kimberly officially started at Curl BC on August 27. She is reachable via 604-333-3619 or kdennis@curlbc.ca In addition,Will Sutton transferred over to the role of Competitions Manager effective August 6.

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August 2018 6 Get to know the BC Junior Curling Tour The 2018-19 season will be the fourth season of the BC Junior Curling Tour. Starting in Parksville in early September, theTour contains four events, two on the Island and one each in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. We spoke with event organizers from each stop on the tour to hear what they think about the BC Junior Curling Tour and what they are looking forward to about hosting their events. Parksville Junior Cashspiel (Parksville) September 7-9, 2018 Last year’s champions: Team Daniels (Women’s) TeamTardi (Men’s) Event organizer Penny Shantz: “Our event is the first stop on the Junior CurlingTour and we are very excited to warm up our best junior curlers for their best curling year!We offer an arena setting that has been host to three Curl BC Men’s Provincial Championships and many other provincial championships. We look forward to watching the juniors on our championship ice and letting them get comfortable and prepared for future provincial, national and world championships.” Anita Cochrane Memorial (Royal City) September 21-23, 2018 Last year’s champions: Team Daniels (Women’s) TeamTardi (Men’s) Event organizer Steve Kopf: “The BC Junior CurlingTour provides a competitive platform for junior curlers to test and improve their skills. From start to finish, having a regular bonspiel schedule encourages teams to set a proper practice regimen and also promotes proper training before the playdown season. Most importantly, the tour is good for young curlers as everyone has fun, it promotes good sportsmanship, and allows teams to travel and experience other clubs throughout the province. I always enjoy the Anita Cochrane Junior Spiel. The whole goal with our spiel is to create a replica event of what teams might experience at provincials and nationals.” Rick Cotter Memorial (Vernon) October 19-21, 2018 Last year’s champions: Team Gray-Withers (Women’s) Team van Amsterdam (Men’s) Event organizer Jim Cotter: “Since the beginning of the tour we’ve seen a steady growth in competitive junior curling in BC.Teams are travelling more then they ever used to and taking the tour very seriously yet having a lot of fun along the way.This is exactly what BC needed to start growing curling in BC. I’ve also noticed the teams are getting better each year, which will only help with future success in BC curling.There are so many positives it’s difficult to list them all … Our event started 18 years ago by my father Rick Cotter. He had the biggest passion for junior curling.We look forward to keeping that passion alive while creating a competitive environment for our young curlers to best prepare for provincial, national and even world championships.” Optimist Junior Cashspiel (Esquimalt) November 10-12, 2018 Last year’s champions: Team Reese-Hansen (Women’s) Team Horvath (Men’s) Event organizer MurrayWalker: “After hosting the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in 2017 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre and Esquimalt Curling Club, and the success of the BC teams at the national and international level, interest in this event and the BC Junior CurlingTour remains strong.The Optimist Cashspiel has seen growing participation from U18 teams preparing for their playdown competition.We look forward to assisting and preparing our BC teams to excel at the national and international level.” We also recently heard from event organizers on the BC Men’s and Women’s CurlingTours. Check out what they had to say here: https://www. bccurlingtours.com/news/2018/6/26/ get-to-know-the-bc-mens-and- womens-curling-tours Curling clubs - don’t forget that the deadline to file transition applications for the new Societies Act is November 28, 2018! Clubs needing assistance can contact Peter Muir at peter.muir.curlbc@shaw.ca and visit his BC Societies Act & Transition website: https:// curlbcsocietiesact.wordpress.com/

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August 2018 8 2018 World Mixed Championship coming to Kelowna The 2018Winn RentalsWorld Mixed Curling Championship is coming to Kelowna Curling Club from October 13 to 20.The official playing schedule has been released online at http://www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2018/schedule Stay tuned for more information regarding tickets and other event updates.

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August 2018 9 Upcoming coach, ice tech and officiating workshops Club Coach Workshops Sept 8-9  |Vancouver | Entry deadline: Aug 27 Sept 29-30 | Juan de Fuca | Entry deadline: Sept 10 Sept 29-30 | Abbotsford | Entry deadline: Sept 10 Oct 13-14 |Trail | Entry deadline: Oct 1* Oct 21 & 28 | Golden Ears | Entry deadline: Oct 12 More info: https://www.curlbc.ca/coaching/community- coach-workshops/ Competition Coach Workshops Oct 26-28 |TBD | Coach Developer: Darryl Horne** Oct 26-28 | Kimberley | Coach Developer: KarenWatson** More info: https://www.curlbc.ca/coaching/competition- coach-workshops/ Jet IceTechnician Courses Sept 28-29 | Cranbrook | Level 1 | Entry deadline: Sept 1 More info: https://www.curlbc.ca/ice-technicians/ice- technician-courses/ Officiating Workshops Jan 5 |Trail | Level 1 | Entry deadline: Dec 22* Jan 6  |Trail | Level 2 | Entry deadline: Dec 22* More info: https://www.curlbc.ca/officiating-certification/ *Thanks to viaSport, the registration fees for these workshops will be waived for female participants! **Thanks to Optimist Clubs of BC, the registration fees for these workshops will be waived for U21 participants!

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August 2018 10 Introducing the five-rock FGZ rule Curling Canada and theWorld Curling Federation have adopted the five-rock Free Guard Zone (FGZ) rule in place of the four-rock rule for this upcoming season. Curl BC will also be implementing the five-rock rule in all regional playdowns and provincial championships for the 2018-2019 season. The exception to this is for the 2018 Travelers Curling Club Championship and the 2019 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, both of which take place in November 2018. Curl BC recommends that competitive leagues and/or clubs with teams preparing for a regional playdown implement the five-rock rule when the season opens in September 2018. Recreational leagues may choose to implement the five-rock rule, or continue play with the four-rock rule for the 2018-2019 season.

There are many questions about how this rule change may impact club play. As NolanThiessen wrote in his Curling Canada blog (https://www. curling.ca/blog/2018/06/15/thiessen- blog-five-rock-fgz-a-positive-change- for-curling/), the five-rock rule “will not affect the strategy of every end in comparison to the four-rock rule,” and where you will see changes in strategy will be “when a team has hammer and is down two or more.” In this case, the team with hammer will have the ability to throw a second corner guard.The team without hammer will also often keep their first three rocks in play. If you have questions or concerns about the five-rock rule, please contact Will Sutton at wsutton@curlbc.ca or Melissa Sim and msim@curlbc.ca. Four BC teams medal at Canada 55+ Games Playing in a Nanaimo Curling Centre bonspiel this season? Please note this schedule change: An Open bonspiel has been added the weekend of Oct 12-14, replacing the Halloween bonspiel that was to take place Oct 26-28. Team Jenkins, Salmon Arm (Women’s 55+): Sandra Jenkins Kate Horne Wendy Cseke Geraldine Kiy Team Lim, Prince George (Men’s 65+): Bill Lim Owen Mathison Bill Davidson Rick Mintz Team Brennan, Summerland/Penticton (Mixed 55+): Glen Brennan Tamra Brennan Tony Blashko Lil Blashko Five BC teams competed in curling in the 2018 Canada 55+ Games in Saint John, New Brunswick, with four of the teams making it onto the podium.The following three teams won gold: Wayne Merwin’s Blind Bay team of Janny Merwin, Jane Stephenson and Larry Stephenson won the Mixed 65+ silver. Myron Nichol’s Castlegar/Trail team of BillVanyzerloo, Joe Kambick and Richard Faunt competed in the Men’s 55+ competition.The Canada 55+ Games is a nation-wide program promoting spiritual, mental and physical well-being among Canadians 55 years of age and older. More information on the 2018 Canada 55+ Games can be found here: http://canada55plussj.ca/

August 2018 11 ASK HOW YOUR CLUB CAN QUALIFY FOR 100 FREE PINS! When you order your pins from The Pin People, your Curling Club will receive a 10% discount and a rebate will go to BC Curling! National Coaches Week The fourth annual National Coaches Week is coming up from September 22 to 30, 2018, and there are several ways in which you can get involved in recognizing and thanking the coaches in your community. National CoachesWeek is a week to celebrate the positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada.This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach.

Sport is the biggest volunteer segment in Canada and coaches are a crucial part of building a healthy, active community. With events held across the country to celebrate coaching, National CoachesWeek provides coaches with the recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle. One quick and easy way to show your appreciation to your coach is to send an e-Card!To do so, go to http://thanks.coach.ca/ and click on the e-Card.You can customize the e-Card by filling out a message to your favourite coach and sending it directly to their inbox.

You can stay up to date with everything happening leading up to National CoachesWeek by visiting www.coach.ca/nationalcoachesweek and by following along on Facebook andTwitter using #CoachesWeek and #ThanksCoach. Help us recognize the curling coaches in your community! Send us your name, the name of the coach you want to recognize, and your answer to the following: I want to say #ThanksCoach because ... and we will share your message on our social media accounts during National Coaches Week! Submit your message to Liz at lmontroy@curlbc.ca by noon on Thursday September 20. Coaches - are you looking for ways to get more PD points? Head over to https://www.curlbc.ca/coaching/professional-development-pd-points-maintenan ce-of- certification/ for a list of Professional Development (PD) opportunities, which can help you maintain your NCCP certified status and further enhance your knowledge and skills as a coach.

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August 2018 U15 Challenge Cup and Development Camp The BCWinter Games takes place every second year, and Curl BC has developed a meaningful competition for athletes who will be preparing to play in the BCWinter Games called the U15 Challenge Cup. In addition to the competition event itself, Curl BC will run a one day camp for every athlete who participates in the event called a BCWinter Games Preparation Camp.This camp will feature top BC coaches and past champions at the BCWinter Games and CanadaWinter Games levels. This event will have a positive impact on the LongTerm Development of U15 athletes by better preparing them for future competitions like the BCWinter Games.This will allow teams to play in the BCWinter Games and have it not be their first ever meaningful competition.

The 2019 U15 Challenge Cup and Development Camp will be held Friday January 11 to Sunday January 13, 2019, at Kamloops Curling Club. To be eligible to take part, teams must be comprised of four players. Any combination of players may be utilized (four male, four female, or four mixed).This event is strictly for development and does not lead to a BC Championship and provincial banner. Curlers can be a maximum age of 14 years by June 30, 2018, so must be born after June 30, 2003. Certified coaches will be allowed on the ice for all games.The competition event will involve two games for seeding followed by three pool play games based on the seeding round. Games will begin on Friday January 11 at 5:00pm and the final games will begin on Sunday Janaury 13 at 2:00pm. There will also be a coach professional development session on Saturday January 12 at 4:00pm before the team banquet.

The BCWinter Games Preparation Camp will take place on Friday January 11 from 9:30am to 3:00pm. The base price for entering a team is $250. Read more and register here: https://www.curlbc.ca/u15-challenge-2/ Are you hosting an Open House or Learn to Curl this upcoming season? Let us know so that we can help promote it! Contact Liz Montroy at lmontroy@curlbc.ca with the event/clinic details. 13 Host an Open House, Learn to Curl, or Club Coach Workshop! It’s that time of year again, when the ice is back in and we’re gearing up to curl. It’s also the time for Open Houses, where we reconnect with our curling friends and families. Open Houses are also a great opportunity for clubs to introduce our sport to potential new curlers through aTry It event or Learning League.

Learn to Curl events and/or leagues are key to the successful growth of our clubs.The events can be geared towards juniors or adults. “By hosting Learn to Curl programs and Open Houses we are able to connect directly with the person, support them in introducing them to the game of curling and encourage them to continue on, either by joining a novice or intermediate league,” said Vancouver Curling Club Manager Ann de la Hey. Curl BC posts Open House and Learn to Curl events on the online Curl BC calendar: https://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/ introductory/start-curling/. Email Liz at lmontroy@curlbc.ca if you would like to add your event to the calendar. Key to the success of Learn to Curl events or leagues are trained instructors. Curl BC Club Coach and Club CoachYouthWorkshops can help your club develop trained instructors to work with these new curlers. Trail and Juan de Fuca are two of the clubs hosting Club CoachWorkshops this upcoming season.

“I believe that hosting a Club Coach course here will benefit us by drawing attention to our club and our community,” saidTrail Curling Association Manager MikeWilliams. “Training, whether it be coaches, players or ice techs, is needed at all levels and in every club to keep our sport alive and relevant.” “Juan de Fuca offers free ice to its members every Sunday, and with the extra benefit of having Club Coaches available, we have seen an increase in interest from members to not only use the free ice time, but better develop their game no matter what age they are,” said Juan de Fuca Curling Centre PresidentTodd Jones.

Invest in the health and growth of your club and membership by signing up for a Club CoachWorkshop or hosting one at your club. More details on upcoming Club CoachWorkshops can be found on page 9 and at https:// www.curlbc.ca/coaching/community- coach-workshops/. See here for more information on requesting to host a Club CoachWorkshop: https://www. curlbc.ca/host-a-courseworkshop/

August 2018 14 bestwestern.com/curlbc | 1.800.WESTERN® Curlers take advantage of special rates with Best Western® Hotels & Resorts. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western International, Inc. ©2018 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved. Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Join Best Western Rewards® , it’s FREE and EASY! Stay at Best Western hotels during the curling season and rack up points to redeem for free nights and more! Would you like to submit an article, picture or story ideas for The Curling Connection? Now’s your chance! The Curling Connection is distributed to over 5,000 curlers and curling fans. The deadline for submission of articles and pictures for the next issue is September 20. Email Liz at lmontroy@curlbc.ca.

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August 2018 2001A - 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5B 0A7 | Phone: 604-333-3616 | Fax: 604-333-3615 Curl BC Staff Scott Braley CEO Melissa Soligo HP Coach & Director Melissa Sim Member Services Manager Liz Montroy Communications & Marketing Manager Will Sutton Competitions Manager Kimberly Dennis Education & Camps Coordinator Lindsay Shannon Administrative Coordinator Maimie Li-Cleto Financial Coordinator (Part-Time) Curl BC Officers Peter Muir Chair Janice Mori Vice-Chair Teri Palynchuk Vice-Chair Paul Addison Past Chair Curl BC Governors Tracey Amy Region 1 & 2 George Horner Region 3, 4 & 7 Gord Judzentis Region 5 & 6 Teri Palynchuk Region 8, 9 & 10 Dale Gregory Region 11 Paul Addison Governor at Large Janice Mori Governor at Large Peter Muir Governor at Large Keith Switzer Governor at Large Contact information can be found at www.curlbc.ca/about/staff or www.curlbc.ca/about/board 15 PCMCA BCIMCA