Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca Official website of the Canadian Curling Association Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:33:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Help Wanted: Ice Technician, Lacombe Curling Club http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/28/help-wanted-ice-technician-lacombe-curling-club/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/28/help-wanted-ice-technician-lacombe-curling-club/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:47:01 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58614 [Read More…]]]> The Lacombe Curling Club in Central Alberta is accepting applications for a full time seasonal ice maker (Oct.1, 2014 through Apr.15, 2015). The contract will be reviewed on an annual basis.

The duties include:

  • Make ice and flood ice as required
  • Remove ice at the end of the season
  • Conduct ice maintenance which includes scraping, nipping, pebbling, etc. and recording ice temperatures and plant readings
  • Working with the Ice Committee to coordinate staffing with the maintenance of ice
  • Maintain the ice/ice shed and equipment within level of expertise
  • Coordinate repairs/maintenance of equipment by contractors as required
  • Establish relationship with suppliers for materials required for ice making, maintenance etc.

Send resume to:

Lacombe Curling Club, c/0 Graeme Rice, President
5210 – 54 Ave.
Lacombe, AB
T4L 1H8

or email: lacombecurling@gmail.com

Deadline for applications is Aug 15, 2014.

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Historical Video: Brier Highlights 1980-88 http://www.curling.ca/curlingtv/2014/07/24/brier-highlights-1980-88/ http://www.curling.ca/curlingtv/2014/07/24/brier-highlights-1980-88/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/24/brier-highlights-1980-88/ This video features highlights from the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship (“The Brier”) from 1980 to 1988.

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Historical Video: 1985 Brier Final – AB (Pat Ryan) vs NONT (Al Hackner) http://www.curling.ca/curlingtv/2014/07/17/historical-video-1985-brier-final-ab-pat-ryan-vs-nont-al-hackner/ http://www.curling.ca/curlingtv/2014/07/17/historical-video-1985-brier-final-ab-pat-ryan-vs-nont-al-hackner/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:09:10 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/17/historical-video-1985-brier-final-ab-pat-ryan-vs-nont-al-hackner-3/ [Read More…]]]> The 1985 Brier final featuring Pat Ryan from Alberta vs Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner. Complete with the “Al Hackner double” in the tenth end and a measure for the win in an extra end.

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Looking for Work: Bonspiel Entertainment http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/11/looking-for-work-bonspiel-entertainment/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/11/looking-for-work-bonspiel-entertainment/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:05:49 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58555 [Read More…]]]> Looking for unique entertainment sure to have everyone laughing and reminiscing about your bonspiel  for a long time?  My hypnosis show is the answer. I am an avid curler and would love to be a part of your function. References from other bonspiels are available and please check out my website www.HypnosisShow.ca.  Please feel free to call with any questions or to reserve your date. Marilyn Olsen 800-441-4431. I am based in Alberta, but will certainly travel.

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Items for Sale: Complete set of rocks http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/11/items-for-sale-complete-set-of-rocks/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/11/items-for-sale-complete-set-of-rocks/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:03:58 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58553 [Read More…]]]> I have a complete set of rocks for sale. They are older, but in good condition. They have the older style handles (chrome).  Ideal for a private rink or start-up set.  $1,200 and you pay for shipping. Contact me at brocktoblantyre@gmail.com

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Help Wanted: Ice Technician/Manager, Gibsons Curling Club http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/help-wanted-ice-technicianmanager-gibsons-curling-club-2/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/help-wanted-ice-technicianmanager-gibsons-curling-club-2/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:05:28 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58528 [Read More…]]]> Gibsons Curling Club is currently accepting applications for ice technician/manager for the 2014-15 season. Preference will be given to those who have their level I Ice Technician certificate and have had prior experience. Contract from Sept 15, 2014 – April 15, 2015.

GCC is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We have four sheets of ice and there are currently 10 draws per week from Monday to Saturday, weekend bonspiels, various weekend ice rentals, Junior curling and inter clubs.

The Ice Technician/Manager will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

  • Ice installation/daily maintenance/removal of ice
  • Cleanliness of the entire building
  • Working with and assisting volunteer coordinator of events
  • Promoting the game of curling in the community
  • Various office tasks

Please submit your resume with salary expectations to: jwannamaker@dccnet.com or J. Wannamaker 951 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, B. C.  VON 1V9

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Le programme ‘Rocks & Rings’ rejoint un grand nombre http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/le-programme-rocks-rings-rejoint-un-grand-nombre/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/le-programme-rocks-rings-rejoint-un-grand-nombre/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:00:56 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58510 [Read More…]]]> Ce fut une année record pour le programme de curling intérieur ‘Rocks & Rings’ réellement populaire.

Un nombre record de participants ont été impliqués dans les Rocks & Rings programme en 2013-14. (Photos, courtoisie Rocks & Rings)

Un nombre record de participants ont été impliqués dans les Rocks & Rings programme en 2013-14. (Photos, courtoisie Rocks & Rings)

‘Rocks & Rings’ fait connaître le curling aux enfants dans un environnement scolaire en utilisant du matériel de curling adapté pour les planchers de gymnase. 1,456 écoles canadiennes ont été sollicitées durant l’année scolaire 2013-14 touchant 228,162 élèves sans mentionner les membres de leurs familles, le enseignants et le personnel de l’école.

Logo_May2014_RocksAndRings_RSP.eps“Le programme ‘Rocks & Rings’ constitue un moyen étonnant pour exposer le curling aux jeunes, ce qui n’aurait jamais pu donner la même chance de faire connaître notre sport autrement,” a déclaré Greg Stremlaw, chef de la direction de l’Association canadienne de curling qui est le partenaire exclusif du sport national ‘Rocks & Rings’ et fournit des fonds à ‘Rocks & Rings’  par le biais du programme philanthropique de l’ACC ‘Pour l’amour du curling”. “ Les instructeurs de ‘Rocks & Rings’ rendent ce sport divertissant et non intimidant. On espère que cette approche se traduira par un plus grand nombre de jeunes qui visiteront un centre de curling et qui l’essaieront sur la glace.”

Depuis que ‘Rocks & Rings’ a vu le jour en 2009, le programme a été établi dans 4,633 écoles canadiennes regroupant 689,548 participants, ce qui veut dire que la marque magique de 1 million est sûrement accessible. Les donations au programme ‘Pour l’amour du curling’  auront un impact significatif pour que ‘Rocks & Rings’ dépasse le million de participants.

Enfants y sont exposés au curling dans un environnement amusant dans les écoles à travers le Canada.

Enfants y sont exposés au curling dans un environnement amusant dans les écoles à travers le Canada.

“Nous sommes ravis de la façon dont les écoles du Canada ont adopté le programme ‘Rocks & Rings’,” a déclaré Chad McMullan, le fondateur du programme et propriétaire de Rock Solid Productions Inc. “Les sourires sur les visages des enfants nous démontrent que le programme fonctionne et ils adorent jouer au curling sur un plancher de gymnase et ils vont aussi bien aimer ça sur la glace. La meilleure chose est que le programme est accessible à tous les enfants, peu importe leur niveau de compétence ou social et c’est un facteur important de son succès.”

“En collaboration avec les donateurs, les curleurs et ‘Rocks & Rings’, nous pouvons aider à atteindre un plus grand nombre d’écoles et d’enfants dans tout le pays,” a ajouté Rachael Wilson, directeur, développement des fonds pour l’ACC. “Nous voulons travailler ensemble pour nous assurer que le curling demeure dans le cœur des Canadiens pour les générations à venir.”

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Rocks & Rings program racking up big numbers http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/rocks-rings-program-racking-up-big-numbers/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/rocks-rings-program-racking-up-big-numbers/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:00:01 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58501 [Read More…]]]> It was a record-breaking year for the highly popular Rocks & Rings indoor curling program.

A record number of participants were involved in the Rocks & Rings program in 2013-14. (Photo, courtesy Rocks & Rings)

A record number of participants were involved in the Rocks & Rings program in 2013-14. (Photos, courtesy Rocks & Rings)

Rocks & Rings, which allows kids to be introduced to curling in a school setting using curling equipment adapted for gymnasium floors, visited 1,456 Canadian schools during the 2013-14 school year, involving 228,162 students, not to mention their family members, teachers and school staff.

Logo_May2014_RocksAndRings_RSP.eps“The Rocks & Rings program is an amazing way to expose curling to young people who might never otherwise have given our sport a try,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association, which is the exclusive national sport partner to Rocks & Rings, and provides funding to Rocks & Rings through the CCA’s For The Love of Curling philanthropic program. “Rocks & Rings instructors make the sport fun and non-intimidating, and the hope is that this approach will translate into more young people visiting a curling centre and trying it out on the ice.”

Since Rocks & Rings was created in 2009, the program has been in 4,633 Canadian schools with 689,548 participants, meaning the magical 1-million mark is firmly within reach. Support through donations to the For The Love of Curling program will play a significant role in pushing Rocks & Rings over the 1-million plateau.

Kids get exposed to curling in a fun setting in schools across Canada.

Kids get exposed to curling in a fun setting in schools across Canada.

“We’re ecstatic with how schools in Canada have embraced the Rocks & Rings program,” said Chad McMullan, the founder of the program and owner of Rock Solid Productions Inc. “The smiles on the kids’ faces shows us that the program is working, and if they’re enjoying playing curling on a gym floor, they’re going to like it on the ice as well. The best part is that the program is inclusive and available to all kids, regardless of skill level or background, and that’s a big factor in its success.”

“Working with donors, curlers and Rocks & Rings, we can help reach more schools and children across the country,” added Rachael Wilson, Director, Fund Development, for the CCA. “We want to work together to make sure curling stays in the hearts of Canadians for generations to come.”

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Help Wanted: Ice Technician and/or Club Manager, Fairview Curling Club http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/help-wanted-ice-technician-andor-club-manager-fairview-curling-club/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/help-wanted-ice-technician-andor-club-manager-fairview-curling-club/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:35:06 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58524 [Read More…]]]> The Fairview Curling Club is seeking applicants for position of Ice Technician and/or Club Manager.  Closing date for this position(s) is August 21, 2014.

The Fairview Curling club has four sheets of ice with leagues operating Monday through Thursday with a second draw on three of those evenings. We have a membership of approximately 230 curlers. We host approximately six full weekend bonspiels and/or events, as well as five one-day bonspiels throughout the season. There are also daytime programs with school children, a Sturling league and after school Junior programs.

Managerial overview: Supervising, conducting and maintaining the business affairs of the club

  • Marketing and Communication – Maintaining an active membership database, inform members by email, updating the club website, weekly newspaper column and monthly newsletters
  • Bonspiel/Special Event Management – Plan for banquets and events held in the club
  • Finance and Administration – Basic accounting and bookkeeping skills a requirement. Daily processing of all sales, payment of invoices, tracking receivables and reporting to the club’s Treasurer
  • Membership Service – Deal with members’ questions or concerns effectively and in a timely manner
  • Work cooperatively and in conjunction with the Board of Directors
  • Supervision of club staff
  • Coordinate league play and bonspiel draws
  • Maintain main floor area and lounge cleanliness

General Ice Technician Duties primary areas of responsibility:

  • Preparation of ice pad
  • Ice installation including ice signs (if you have your own equipment)
  • Daily ice maintenance
  • Flooding as necessary
  • Dealing with curlers’ concerns
  • Maintain ice shed cleanliness
  • Daily snow removal
  • Removal of ice and proper storage of rocks
  • Building to be cleaned at end of season
  • Keep maintenance records

This position is seasonal and commences in mid-September/October through April 15th annually.

Level I Ice Tech is preferred, but training can be provided to the successful candidate.

The Fairview Curling Club is a community-oriented facility, committed to promoting and providing affordable recreational opportunities for all people in and around the Fairview community. Through sport, we welcome all ages and skill levels in a fun filled, family environment where lifelong friendships are created.

If you are interested in growing and promoting our club, please submit your resume, references and a cover letter stating your salary expectations to tracy@rrinsurance.ab.ca.

For additional information or clarification, you may contact Cheryl Biegel at 780-835-5293 or 780-835-1210.

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Help Wanted: Ice/Admin Staff, Weston G&CC http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/help-wanted-iceadmin-staff/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/help-wanted-iceadmin-staff/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:16:01 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58521 [Read More…]]]> Weston G&CC is looking for ice/admin staff for the upcoming season. Our season runs October to April. 

We are looking for someone to help with ice maintenance, such as draw changes, bonspiels and other related tasks. This person should also be able to help with administrative tasks in the curling office, and should be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) Experience and knowledge of curling is preferred. Good communications skills are key.

Hours are varied based on the events and draws, however Sunday availability is important. Compensation will be based on experience.

Please submit your resume to Lyndsey Adam in the curling off at ladam@westongolfcc.com and include “Ice/Admin Staff” in the subject line.

Only those under consideration for interviews will be contacted.

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Looking to Buy: Granite Little Rocks, Nanaimo Curling Centre http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/looking-to-buy-granite-little-rocks/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/10/looking-to-buy-granite-little-rocks/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:13:23 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58518 [Read More…]]]> Nanaimo Curling Centre is looking for a set of granite Little Rocks for this upcoming season. We have three enthusiastic young mothers that started the program last season and they are anxious to expand the program and need a set of Little Rocks. If you can help out, we would love to hear from you!

Nanaimo Curling Club email nanaimocurlingclub@shaw.ca or phone 250-753-3474 ask for manager Denise Wood

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Décès du Dr. Maurice Campbell, ancien président de l’ACC http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/09/ancien-president-de-lacc-dr-maurice-campbell-decede/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/09/ancien-president-de-lacc-dr-maurice-campbell-decede/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58477 [Read More…]]]> Le docteur Maurice Campbell, ancien président de l’Association canadienne de curling est décédé à Trois-Rivières (Qc) à l’âge de 94 ans.

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Ancien président de l’Association canadienne de curling Dr Maurice Campbell.

Le docteur Campbell, membre du Temple de la renommée du curling canadien ainsi que du Governor General’s Curling Club, a servi comme président de l’ACC lors de la saison 1970-71. En plus de sa contribution au curling comme bâtisseur, il était un participant actif et a lancé les pierres de premier joueur pour l’équipe du Québec du capitaine Bob Lahaie lors du Macdonald Brier de 1958 à Victoria (C.-B.).

Maurice Campbell a aussi été actif avec la Filiale canadienne du Royal Caledonian Curling Club, et il était à la tête du contingent canadien lors de la tournée Strathcona Cup en Écosse en 1970.

Ses efforts en coulisses afin de promouvoir le curling dans sa province d’origine (notamment sa grande implication dans la mise en place de la Fédération québécoise de curling au milieu des années 70) ont été reconnus en 2007 lorsque Curling Québec lui a remis un Prix Hommage Spécial.

Pour consulter l’avis de décès, cliquez ici.

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Former CCA president Dr. Maurice Campbell passes away http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/09/former-cca-president-dr-maurice-campbell-passes-away/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/09/former-cca-president-dr-maurice-campbell-passes-away/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:34 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58471 [Read More…]]]> Former Canadian Curling Association president Dr. Maurice Campbell has passed away at the age of 94 in Trois-Rivières, Que.

Former Canadian Curling Association president Dr. Maurice Campbell.

Former Canadian Curling Association president Dr. Maurice Campbell.

Dr. Campbell, a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as well as the Governor General’s Curling Club, served as CCA president for the 1970-71 curling season. In addition to his work as a builder of the sport of curling, he was an active participant, and threw lead rocks for the Quebec team skipped by Bob Lahaie at the 1958 Macdonald Brier in Victoria.

Dr. Campbell also was active in the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Club, and led the Canadian contingent on its 1970 Strathcona Cup tour of Scotland.

His efforts behind the scenes on behalf of curling in his home province of Quebec (including being instrumental in the establishment of the Quebec Curling Federation in the mid-1970s) were saluted in 2007 when he received the  Prix Hommage Spécial (Special Homage Award) from Curling Quebec.

To read his obituary, click here.

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Rivals on the ice but friends off the ice http://www.curling.ca/2015brier-en/2014/07/04/rivals-on-the-ice-but-friends-off-the-ice/ http://www.curling.ca/2015brier-en/2014/07/04/rivals-on-the-ice-but-friends-off-the-ice/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:00:40 +0000 Nolan Thiessen http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/04/rivals-on-the-ice-but-friends-off-the-ice/ April 7, 1997: The Hartford Whalers vs the Buffalo Sabres. Wayne Primeau runs over goalie Sean Burke, and the two start to mix it up, goalie vs player.

Nolan Thiessen, left, and Kevin Koe won a Canadian championship together last March, but this coming season they'll be on different teams, both hoping for a second straight win at the Tim Hortons Brier. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Nolan Thiessen, left, and Kevin Koe won a Canadian championship together last March, but this coming season they’ll be on different teams, both hoping for a second straight win at the Tim Hortons Brier. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

As Canadians we naturally know what happens next, as we are well-versed in the basic code of conduct in hockey circles — someone from Hartford is coming to aid their goalie. True to form, the Whalers players are on the scene in a hurry and first player to arrive is Wayne’s older (and much bigger) brother Keith Primeau. After pulling each other out of the scrum the two of them decide to start throwing punches like they are playing street hockey in their parents’ driveway and Keith settles the score for his goalie by beating up his little brother.

Seems like a strange analogy, but that is the mentality that highly competitive curlers have to use when we go out and compete during the season. The guy advancing in the playoffs across from you may be one of your best friends but he is still trying to take something that you want (a Grand Slam title, a Purple Heart or even a Tim Hortons Brier title) and you need to do what you can to win.

Back in my days of junior curling, I know that I had an unwarranted sports hatred of the teams that I played against. I did not like them and assumed that they did not like me. It was a lethal combination of minimal travel to compete against the best teams and a healthy dose of little brother mentality with my team being from small-town Brandon vs. big-city Winnipeg curlers, and we generated a good bit of anger against any of our opponents in juniors. This anger was completely irrational but it was used as motivation each and every game that we played.

That is not the case in 2014, especially in the elite tour events. I think of the 12 events that we played in last season (not including the World Championship, in which only one Canadian team participates) Kevin Martin’s team was in nine of the same events, Glenn Howard, Mike McEwen and Jeff Stoughton in eight, Brad Jacobs in six … you get the point. We see and play against these teams almost every weekend that we get out on the road. We get to know each other, we stay in the same hotels, we eat at the same restaurants and we take the same flights. We are around each other constantly and get to be good friends with most of the guys on tour.

One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is, “Do you hate anyone on tour?” or “Are there any teams that you hate?” and normally my answer is “No, not really!” I am not naïve and assume that every guy I play against likes me, but I consider most of these guys friends. We are peers and all respect each other and their ability on the ice, but when it is time to compete and the stakes are at their highest, we all put that aside and try to bash each other into submission.

One great example of this was last year at the Alberta men’s provincials. We won the semifinal and proceeded to head back to the hotel to get our gear and check out before the final. As we were checking out so was Kevin Martin’s entire team — our competition for the Purple Heart. We got in our cars and drove to the rink and parked at the same time and walked into the rink together. Now, Ben Hebert and Marc Kennedy, then the lead and second for Team Martin, were in my wedding party; I consider them among my best friends. The three of us along with our third Pat Simmons were walking into the rink and joking about how this was the third provincial final in four years against each other and a rematch of the 2013 epic battle that we had. We never allow each other the easy road to the title. But as we were about to head to our dressing-rooms, Ben looked at me and said, “Well, talk to you in two weeks!” And with that we were off. We would continue to be friends but not for the rest of that day — we were enemies and we both wanted the same thing with the other guy standing in the way. We were both there for that trip to the Tim Hortons Brier and luckily we were the victors that day. A week and a half later I broke the tension with a text to Ben about our kids, and life went on.

People watch on TV and see guys get heated out there, like Richard Hart and Ben at the 2009 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings and they assume that there is carry-over effect and those teams or players get a good hatred on forever. That is not the case at all; probably every time they have seen each other on tour since then, Ben and Rich will have talked and joked around. No hard feelings; just trying to win.

I can already envision what next year is going to look like for our team with John Morris at the helm any time we line up against Kevin Koe’s new squad. It will make for great fodder and talk on TV when we lock up, and the fans will be excited to see how it all shakes out, assuming there will be tension. People will want to see us chirp each other and maybe even start the first-ever on-ice line brawl (now, THAT is an interesting blog idea: the tale of the tape between our teams!) but in reality what will be unfolding is two world-class teams that are great friends off the ice and want to beat each other on the ice.

Friends in the Brier patch, not friends on the pebbled ice. May the best team win.

(Nolan Thiessen is a two-time Canadian champion who plays lead for Team John Morris, who will be competing in the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian Manufacturing, Dec. 3-7 in Camrose, Alta.; the 2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by SecurTek, Jan. 8-11 in Calgary; and the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek, Feb. 28-March 8 in Calgary).

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Rivaux sur la glace, mais des amis hors de la glace http://www.curling.ca/2015brier-fr/2014/07/04/rivaux-sur-la-glace-mais-des-amis-hors-de-la-glace/ http://www.curling.ca/2015brier-fr/2014/07/04/rivaux-sur-la-glace-mais-des-amis-hors-de-la-glace/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:00:21 +0000 Nolan Thiessen http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/07/04/rivaux-sur-la-glace-mais-des-amis-hors-de-la-glace/ [Read More…]]]> Le 7 avril 1997. Les Whalers de Hartford contre les Sabres de Buffalo. Wayne Primeau malmène le gardien Sean Burke et les deux commencent à se quereller, un gardien de but face à un joueur.

Kamloops B.C.Mar8_2014.Tim Hortons Brier.Alberta lead Nolan Thiessen,skip Kevin Koe,third Pat Simmons,lead Carter Rycroft.CCA/michael burns photo

Nolan Thiessen, à gauche, et Kevin Koe a remporté un championnat canadien, accompagné Mars dernier, mais cette saison, ils seront sur ​​les différentes équipes, à la fois l’espoir d’une seconde victoire d’affilée au Brier Tim Hortons. (Photo, ACC / Michael Burns)

En tant que Canadiens, nous savons naturellement ce qui arrive ensuite comme nous connaissons bien le code de conduite du monde du hockey: un joueur de Hartford vient à l’aide de son gardien. Fidèles à leurs habitudes, les joueurs des Whalers arrivent sur la scène en toute hâte et le premier à se présenter est le frère aîné de Wayne, Keith Primeau (plus gros et plus grand). Après s’être éloignés de la mêlée, les deux commencent à se battre à coups de poing comme s’ils jouaient au hockey de rue dans l’entrée de garage de leurs parents et Keith règles les comptes pour son gardien en battant son petit frère.

On dirait une analogie étrange, mais c’est la croyance que les curleurs de haut niveau très compétitifs utilisent cette façon de faire au cours de la saison. Le gars en face de vous qui accède aux éliminatoires est peut-être un de vos meilleurs amis, mais il tente de prendre quelque chose que vous voulez (un titre du Grand Chelem, un Purple Heart ou même le titre du Brier Tim Hortons) et vous devez faire tout ce que vous pouvez pour gagner.

À mon époque de curling junior, je sais que j’ai eu une haine injustifiée pour les équipes contre lesquelles j’ai joué. Je ne les aimais pas et je présumais qu’ils ne m’aimaient pas non plus. C’était une machination un peu morbide pour un petit voyage afin de rivaliser avec les meilleures équipes et une bonne dose de mentalité de petit frère avec mon équipe venant d’une petite ville Brandon contre les joueurs d’une grande ville, Winnipeg. Nous avons généré une bonne dose de colère contre n’importe quel adversaire chez les juniors. Cette antipathie était totalement injustifiée, mais elle a servi de motivation dans chacun des matchs que nous avons joués.

Ce ne fut pas le cas en 2014, en particulier dans les événements de calibre élite. Je pense aux douze événements auxquels nous avons participé dans la dernière année (sans compter les championnats du monde ou seule Équipe Canada était présente), l’équipe de Kevin Martin a participé dans 9 des mêmes événements, Howard 8, McEwen 8, Stoughton 8 Jacobs 6… vous comprenez. Nous rencontrons ces équipes pratiquement à chaque week-end quand nous sommes sur la route. Nous apprenons à nous connaître, nous restons dans les mêmes hôtels, nous mangeons dans les mêmes restaurants et nous prenons les mêmes vols. Nous sommes constamment entre nous et nous arrivons à être de bons amis avec la plupart des gars en tournée.

Une question qui revient souvent est «détestez-vous quelqu’un  de la tournée? » ou «Y a-t-il des équipes que vous détestez? » et, normalement, ma réponse est “non, pas vraiment!” Je ne suis pas naïf et je suppose que tous les gars contre qui je joue m’aiment et je considère que la plupart de ces joueurs comme des amis. Nous sommes de la même trempe et nous nous respectons mutuellement et leur habilité sur la glace. Mais, quand il est temps d’affronter les adversaires et que les enjeux sont importants, nous mettons tout cela de côté et essayons de vaincre l’opposition.

Un bon exemple de ceci est survenu l’an dernier au championnat provincial de l’Alberta. Nous avons gagné la demi-finale et nous nous préparions pour  retourner à l’hôtel pour récupérer nos bagages et payer la note avant la finale. Alors que nous réglions les frais d’hôtel, l’équipe de Kevin Martin, nos adversaires pour le Purple Heart, faisait de même.  Nous prenons nos autos, nous nous dirigeons vers l’aréna, nous nous stationnons en même temps et nous rentrons ensemble. Ben Hebert et Marc Kennedy étaient présents à mes noces; je les considère comme mes meilleurs amis. Nous trois ainsi que Pat, nous rentions dans l’aréna nous rappelant en riant que c’était la troisième fois que nous nous affrontions dans la finale provinciale en quatre ans, une revanche de notre bataille de 2013. Nous n’avons jamais permis à l’une ou l’autre équipe de remporter le titre facilement. Mais, alors que nous nous apprêtons à rejoindre notre vestiaire, Ben me regarde et me dit: “Voilà … on se verra dans deux semaines!” Et puis, on s’est quittés. Nous continuerons d’être des amis, mais pour le reste de la journée, nous serons ennemis; chacun recherchait la même chose. Nous étions là tous les deux pour le Brier Tim Hortons et heureusement nous étions les vainqueurs cette journée-là. Une semaine et demie plus tard, j’ai écrit une note à Ben à propos de nos enfants pour briser la tension … la vie continue.

Les gens regardent la télé et voient des gars chauffés à bloc comme Richard Hart et Ben au Roar of the Rings de 2009 et ils supposent que ces joueurs ou ces équipes s’haïssent à mort. Ce n’est pas du tout le cas, probablement chaque fois qu’ils se sont vus, Ben et Rich se sont parlé et ont plaisanté. Il n’y a pas de rancune, ils essaient toujours de gagner.

Je peux déjà imaginer ce à quoi l’année prochaine va ressembler avec John Morris à la barre de notre équipe chaque fois que nous affronterons le nouveau quatuor de Koe. Il y aura matière à nourrir les commentateurs de la télé et les fans seront heureux de voir comment tout cela se déroule. Les gens voudront nous voir nous toiser les uns les autres et peut-être même commencer une première bagarre sur la glace (voici une idée intéressante pour un blogue) mais en réalité ce qui va se dérouler, c’est deux équipes de classe mondiale qui sont de grands amis hors glace et veulent s’affronter sur la glace et gagner. Des amis dans le Brier patch, pas amicaux sur la glace. Que la meilleure équipe gagne.

(Nolan Thiessen est deux fois champion canadien qui joue le plomb de l’équipe John Morris, qui participera à la Coupe Canada de curling de 2014, présenté par Meridian Manufacturing, déc 3-7 Camrose, en Alberta;. Coupe continentale 2015 World Financial Group, 8-11 janvier à Calgary, et le Brier Tim Hortons 2015, présentés par SecurTek, le 8 fév 28-Mars à Calgary).

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Bowman wins CCA Award of Achievement http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/27/bowman-wins-cca-award-of-achievement/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/27/bowman-wins-cca-award-of-achievement/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:00:34 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58386 [Read More…]]]> Longtime curling volunteer Jack Bowman has been named winner of the 2014 Canadian Curling Association Award of Achievement, it was announced today.

Jack Bowman has been named winner of the 2014 CCA Award of Achievement.

Jack Bowman has been named winner of the 2014 CCA Award of Achievement.

The Victoria resident, who chaired the CCA’s Board of Governors for the 2010-11 curling season, capping his five-year stint with the board, will be formally presented with his award at the CCA Hall of Fame & Awards Gala on Aug. 26 in Niagara Falls, Ont., during the inaugural CCA Summit.

“I never got involved with the sport of curling for awards or recognition; I did it because I love the game and the people in it,” said Bowman, a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. “This is truly a wonderful and gratifying honour, especially considering the amazing people who’ve won it before me, and their contributions to curling.”

The CCA Award of Achievement, an annual award, recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to curling in one of four areas — builder, technical development (instructor, coach, official, ice technician), marketing and media.

“It’s people like Jack who make the sport of curling thrive in our country,” said Hugh Avery, Chair of the CCA Board of Governors. “His efforts at the local, provincial and national levels have made our sport better, and he’s done the majority of his work behind the scenes, with little or no recognition. Jack is a worthy winner of the Award of Achievement.”

Bowman’s involvement in curling volunteerism began in the mid-1980s in Toronto, as he served a term as president of the Weston Golf and Country Club. Upon moving to Victoria in 1996, Bowman quickly got involved with the Victoria Curling Centre, serving as president for two terms while also serving as the club and zone rep for the Pacific Coast Curling Association for five years. Later, he served as executive-director of the PCCA, and was awarded a life membership in 2004, which was recognized by Curl BC a year later as the three curling associations in that province merged into one.

Bowman continues to be active behind the scenes; he has presented CCA Business of Curling seminars since 1998 to curlers and clubs in the four western provinces as well as Northern Ontario, and more recently, he has worked with curling facilities in B.C. to help them apply for B.C. Community Gaming Grants — work that produced $540,000 being awarded to 27 B.C. curling centres during the 2012-13 season.

Former winners:

•    Pat Bibby, SK (2013)
•    Linda Corcoran, ON (2012)
•    Bill Tschirhart, BC (2012)
•    Ron Meyers, SK (2008)
•    Arnold Asham, MB (2007)
•    Marilyn Barraclough, AB (2007)
•    Al Kersey, BC (2006)
•    Elmer Schmidt, SK (2004)
•    Hans Wuthrich, MB (2003)
•    Gene Friesen, SK (2002)
•    Linda Moore, BC (2000)
•    Bill Robertson, BC (1999)
•    Wayne Kiel, SK (1999)
•    André Ferland, QC (1998)
•    Arleen Day, SK (1997)
•    Vic Rauter, ON (1997)
•    Robin Wilson, BC (1996)
•    Marcel DeWitte, ON (1995)
•    Shorty Jenkins, ON (1995)
•    Tom Coulterman, ON (1994)
•    Doug Maxwell, ON (1994)
•    Paul Sauvé, ON (1993)
•    Ralph Bagley, MB (1993)
•    Ian Maclaine, (1992)
•    Keith Reilly, ON (1992)
•    Brian Cassidy, NB (1992)
•    Tom and Anne Fisher, QC (1992)
•    Bob Picken, MB (1991)
•    Pat Fownes, NB (1991)

Tickets for the CCA Hall of Fame & Awards Gala are available at www.curling.ca/summit2014/registration-form/. As well, information on the CCA Summit, in addition to the inaugural CCA Swing & Sweep Golf Tournament, can be found at www.curling.ca/summit2014/.

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Bowman est lauréat du Prix d’excellence 2014 http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/27/bowman-est-laureat-du-prix-dexcellence-2014/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/27/bowman-est-laureat-du-prix-dexcellence-2014/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:00:18 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58390 [Read More…]]]> L’Association canadienne de curling a annoncé aujourd’hui que Jack Bowman, bénévole de longue date, est le lauréat du Prix d’excellence 2014 de l’Association canadienne de curling.

Jack Bowman a été nommé lauréat du Prix de réalisation CCA 2014.

Jack Bowman est le lauréat du Prix d’excellence 2014 de l’Association canadienne de curling.

Le résident de Victoria, qui a présidé le conseil des gouverneurs de l’ACC en saison 2010-11, couronnant un service de cinq ans comme gouverneur, va recevoir son prix dans une cérémonie officielle au Gala des prix et du temple de la renommée de l’ACC, le 26 août à Niagara Falls, Ont., dans le cadre du premier Sommet de l’ACC.

«Je ne me suis pas impliqué dans le sport de curling en vue de récolter des prix ou de la reconnaissance; je l’ai fait parce que j’aime le sport et les gens qui le pratiquent,» a déclaré Bowman, membre du Temple de la renommée du curling canadien. «C’est un vrai honneur, très gratifiant, d’autant plus en lisant la liste des personnes remarquables qui ont été lauréats de ce prix avant moi, et les contributions qu’elles ont apportées au curling.»

Le Prix d’excellence de l’ACC, remis annuellement, reconnaît des personnes qui ont fait une contribution importante dans un des quatre domaines suivants — bâtisseur, développement technique (instructeur, entraîneur, officiel, préposé de glace), marketing et médias.

«Le succès de notre sport dans les quatre coins du pays est dû aux gens comme Jack,» a affirmé Hugh Avery, président du conseil des gouverneurs de l’ACC. «Ses efforts aux niveaux communautaire, provincial et national ont fait avancer notre sport, et il fait la majorité de son travail dans les coulisses, sans autre reconnaissance que la satisfaction qu’il en tire. Jack mérite d’être lauréat du Prix d’excellence.»

Bowman a commencé à travailler comme bénévole dans le curling au milieu des années 1980 à Toronto, où il a servi un mandat de président au Weston Golf and Country Club. Après son déménagement à Victoria en 1996, Bowman n’a pas tardé à s’impliquer au Victoria Curling Centre, avec deux mandats de président, tout en servant de représentant de club et de zone de la Pacific Coast Curling Association pendant cinq ans. Plus tard, il a été chef de la direction de la PCCA, et on lui a remis une adhésion permanente en 2004, reconnue par Curl BC une année plus tard alors que les trois associations de curling dans la province se sont fusionnées.

Bowman continue à travailler dans les coulisses; depuis 1998, il anime les ateliers ACC Le curling, nos affaires, aux joueurs et clubs dans les quatre provinces de l’ouest du Canada ainsi que l’Ontario-Nord. Plus récemment, il a travaillé avec des installations de curling en Colombie-Britannique pour les aider à postuler pour les subventions B.C. Community Gaming — ces efforts ont eu pour résultat l’octroi de 540 000$ à vingt-sept centres de curling à travers la Colombie-Britannique durant la saison 2012-13.

La liste des récipiendaires des années précédentes :

  • Pat Bibby, SK (2013)
  • Linda Corcoran, ON (2012)
  • Bill Tschirhart, BC (2012)
  • Ron Meyers, SK (2008)
  • Arnold Asham, MB (2007)
  • Marilyn Barraclough, AB (2007)
  • Al Kersey, BC (2006)
  • Elmer Schmidt, SK (2004)
  • Hans Wuthrich, MB (2003)
  • Gene Friesen, SK (2002)
  • Linda Moore, BC (2000)
  • Bill Robertson, BC (1999)
  • Wayne Kiel, SK (1999)
  • André Ferland, QC (1998)
  • Arleen Day, SK (1997)
  • Vic Rauter, ON (1997)
  • Robin Wilson, BC (1996)
  • Marcel DeWitte, ON (1995)
  • Shorty Jenkins, ON (1995)
  • Tom Coulterman, ON (1994)
  • Doug Maxwell, ON (1994)
  • Paul Sauvé, ON (1993)
  • Ralph Bagley, MB (1993)
  • Ian Maclaine, (1992)
  • Keith Reilly, ON (1992)
  • Brian Cassidy, NB (1992)
  • Tom et Anne Fisher, QC (1992)
  • Bob Picken, MB (1991)
  • Pat Fownes, NB (1991)

Les billets pour le Gala des prix et d’intronisation au temple de la renommée ACC  sont en vente au www.curling.ca/summit2014/registration-form/. Pour en lire plus sur le Sommet ACC, ainsi que le tournoi de golf inaugural ACC «Swing & Sweep», veuillez visiter le www.curling.ca/summit2014/.

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Help Wanted: General Manager, Oakville Curling Club http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/26/help-wanted-general-manager-oakville-curling-club/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/26/help-wanted-general-manager-oakville-curling-club/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:56:39 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58359 [Read More…]]]> Reporting to the Board of Directors,  the focus of the new General Manager will be: the on-going successful operation of the club, membership growth and development; revenue growth; and operational efficiency.

While responsibilities cover the full year, the seasonal nature of the business of the club requires the General Manager to work a flexible and variable schedule, depending on the time of year.

Please read the full job description on our website: www.oakvillecurlingclub.com

Please email resume/cover letter with salary expectations by August 8th to:
Susan Howard, President
president@oakvillecurlingclub.com
NO phone calls please.
Please quote in subject line: General Manager Position

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Help Wanted: Ice Technician, Amherst Curling Club http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/26/help-wanted-ice-technician-amherst-curling-club/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/26/help-wanted-ice-technician-amherst-curling-club/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:51:54 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58356 [Read More…]]]> The Amherst Curling Club is accepting application for a full time seasonal ice maker (Oct.1,2014 through Apr.30, 2015). The contract will be reviewed on an annual basis.

The duties include:

  • Make ice, flood ice as required
  • Remove ice at the end of the season
  • Conduct ice maintenance which includes scraping, cleaning, nipping, pebbling, etc. and recording ice temperatures and plant readings
  • Working with the Ice Director to coordinate volunteers with the maintenance of ice
  • Maintain the ice/ice shed and equipment within level of expertise
  • Coordinate repairs/maintenance of equipment by contractors as required
  • Establish relationship with suppliers for materials required for ice making, maintenance etc.

Send resume to:

Amherst Curling Club, c/0 Joan Cameron, President
Box 71
Amherst, NS
B4H 3Y6

or email: amherstcurlingclub@bellaliant.net

Deadline for applications is July 31, 2014.

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Boucherville to host second straight Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/25/boucherville-to-host-second-straight-canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/25/boucherville-to-host-second-straight-canadian-wheelchair-curling-championship/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:00:47 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58346 [Read More…]]]> Boucherville, Que., will play host to the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship for the second straight year, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association.

Canada's top wheelchair curlers will once again gather in Boucherville, Que., for the 2015 Canadian Championship. (Photo, Morgan Daw)

Canada’s top wheelchair curlers will once again gather in Boucherville, Que., for the 2015 Canadian Championship. (Photo, Morgan Daw)

The 12th wheelchair nationals will be staged April 27 to May 3, 2015, at Club de curling Boucherville in Boucherville, Que.

The 2015 Canadian Wheelchair Championship will again be organized and operated by Défi sportif AlterGo, a Quebec-based organization focused on raising awareness of sports for athletes with a disability.

“We’re excited to be able to get behind the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship for the second straight year,” said Maxime Gagnon, the director for Défi sportif AlterGo. “The 2014 event in Boucherville was a resounding success according from the standpoint of the participants, the spectators and the organizers, and we’re hoping to make it even better in 2015.”

At the 2014 nationals, Manitoba won its second Canadian championship when Dennis Thiessen and his team from the Assiniboine Curling Club (third Mark Wherrett, second Melissa Lecuyer, lead Jamie Anseeuw and coach Tom Wherrett) beat defending champion Benoit Lessard of Quebec 8-5 in the gold-medal game. It capped an amazing season for Thiessen, who also won gold playing for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Paraympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship began in 2004 and has previously been won by Team Canada (skip Chris Daw) in 2004, 2005 and 2006; by British Columbia in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack); by Manitoba (skip Chris Sobkowicz) in 2011; and by Saskatchewan (skip Darwin Bender) in 2012.

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Boucherville sera l’hôte du championnat canadien de curling en fauteuil roulant pour une deuxième année de suite http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/25/boucherville-sera-lhote-du-championnat-canadien-de-curling-en-fauteuil-roulant-pour-une-deuxieme-annee-de-suite/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/25/boucherville-sera-lhote-du-championnat-canadien-de-curling-en-fauteuil-roulant-pour-une-deuxieme-annee-de-suite/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:00:03 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58352 [Read More…]]]> L’Association canadienne de curling a annoncé aujourd’hui que Boucherville, Québec, sera l’hôte du championnat canadien de curling en fauteuil roulant pour une deuxième année de suite.

Meilleurs joueurs de curling en fauteuil roulant du Canada seront de nouveau se réunir à Boucherville, au Québec., Pour le Championnat canadien 2015. (Photo, Morgan Daw)

Meilleurs joueurs de curling en fauteuil roulant du Canada seront de nouveau se réunir à Boucherville, au Québec., Pour le Championnat canadien 2015. (Photo, Morgan Daw)

Le 12e tournoi national en fauteuil roulant sera présenté au 27 avril au 3 mai 2015 au Club de curling Boucherville à Boucherville, Québec.

Le championnat canadien de curling en fauteuil roulant 2015 sera encore une fois organisé et géré par Défi sportif AlterGo, un organisme québécois dont l’objectif de faire connaître les sports pratiqués par des athlètes handicapés.

« C’est un honneur pour nous d’accueillir pour une deuxième année consécutive le Championnat canadien de curling en fauteuil », a déclaré Maxime Gagnon, directeur du Défi sportif AlterGo. « L’édition 2014 de l’événement à Boucherville a été une réelle réussite et nous souhaitons que ce soit encore mieux en 2015 ».

Au tournoi national de 2014, le Manitoba a remporté son second championnat canadien lorsque Dennis Thiessen et son équipe de Assiniboine Curling Club (Mark Wherrett, Melissa Lecuyer, Jamie Anseeuw et le coach Tom Wherrett) a battu le champion en titre, Benoit Lessard du Québec, 8-5 dans le match pour la médaille d’or. Cela a couronné la saison incroyable de Thiessen qui a également remporté l’or jouant pour l’équipe canadienne aux Jeux paralympiques d’hiver 2014 à Sotchi, en Russie.

Le championnat canadien de curling en fauteuil roulant a commencé en 2004 et a déjà été gagné par Équipe Canada (skip Chris Daw) en 2004, 2005 et 2006, en Colombie-Britannique en 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 et 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) et 2010 (skip Gary Cormack), au Manitoba (skip Chris Sobkowicz) en 2011 et en Saskatchewan (skip Darwin Bender) en 2012.

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Un jeune joueur saskatchewanais essaie la glace de l’Arizona http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/24/un-jeune-joueur-saskatchewanais-essaie-la-glace-de-larizona/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/24/un-jeune-joueur-saskatchewanais-essaie-la-glace-de-larizona/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=58307 [Read More…]]]> «Drôle de destination pour le curling, non?» dit Dustin Mikush, jeune joueur de 14 ans, un natif de Wadena, Sask., qui vient justement de rentrer de Tempe, Arizona, où il a essayé la glace du club de curling communautaire des Coyotes.

(Photo par D. Mikush)

Shorts, tongs, balai de curling – ce n’est bien sûr pas Saskatchewan ! (Photo avec la permission D. Mikush)

Or, Mikush est jeune, mais il s’y connaît en pistes de curling. Il concourt au niveau provincial, en catégorie juvénile et junior, et pour son école secondaire aussi. La saison dernière, son équipe juvénile s’est qualifiée au championnat provincial, et son équipe junior a manqué de justesse de se qualifier. À l’instar de beaucoup de jeunes joueurs dans les petites communautés, il aime faire découvrir son sport aux élèves de l’école élémentaire. Et si tout cela ne suffit déjà pas, il aide Scott Comfort, le technicien de la glace à Wadena, à préparer les pistes dans son club local.

Le jeune joueur a beaucoup fait et beaucoup vu durant sa fin de semaine dans le club de curling Coyotes, établi en 2003 à Tempe, en banlieue de Phoenix. Il y est allé pour accompagner son père, qui voyageait en affaires. C’est le deuxième voyage que Mikush a fait pour observer les pistes de curling de l’autre côté de la frontière.

«Quand mon père et moi sommes arrivés le 20 mai, c’était la canicule, 40 degrés Celsius,» dit-il. «Après que nous nous sommes enregistrés à la réception de notre hôtel, nous sommes allés droit au club de curling Coyotes pour regarder la glace et lancer quelques pierres. Nous avons été reçus par le vice-président du club, Darryl Horsman.»

Par coïncidence, le capitaine de l’équipe américaine de curling paralympique, Patrick McDonald, fraîchement rentré de Sotchi, offrait un atelier de curling en fauteuil roulant, donc Mikush y a participé pour glaner quelques idées. Plus tard dans la journée, il a eu l’opportunité de contester un match.

«Après ma séance d’exercice sur la nouvelle piste, j’ai fini par diriger une équipe dans la ligue qui joue tous les vendredis soirs,» explique-t-il.

«Le lendemain, je me suis rendu à l’arène habillé d’un short, un tee-shirt et des tongs,» se souvient Mikush. «C’est chose assez rare chez nous en Saskatchewan!»

Profitant d’une formation hors de la surface de glace, le jeune joueur s’est joint à un groupe qui suivait le cours d’instructeur USCA Niveau 1, puis il est rentré sur la piste pour jouer d’autres matchs.

Saskatchewan's Dustin Mikush attends a session on wheelchair curling from US Paralympic skip, Patrick McDonald (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

Dustin Mikush de la Saskatchewan participe à une session sur curling en fauteuil roulant (Photo D. Mikush)

À leur dernière journée dans l’Arizona, le père et le fils ont trouvé le temps pour jouer encore un autre match avant de rentrer au Canada.

Mikush a exprimé sa gratitude pour l’accueil chaleureux qu’il a reçu de Horsman et son personnel, et il a avoué être surpris d’apprendre que beaucoup des joueurs au club de curling Coyotes sont des Canadiens qui ont déménagé aux États-Unis.

«L’un des obstacles auxquels ils font face dans ce club de curling est l’approvisionnement en équipement,» indique Mikush. «En plus, il est difficile d’apprendre le curling aux débutants, parce que la plupart des membres n’ont pas leur certification.»

Mikush explique qu’il a suivi le cours d’instructeur USCA parce que l’horaire a marché pour sa visite, mais il affirme qu’il compte suivre la formation équivalente PNCE chez lui en Saskatchewan.

«C’était très agréable, cette fin de semaine,» dit-il à propos de sa tournée dans l’Arizona, “«mais je préfèrerai jouer chez moi en Saskatchewan, même si la température est à 40 degrés en dessous de zéro!»

Dustin Mikush skips a friendly game in the regular Friday Night League at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, Ariz. Yes, that's a Canadian flag on the wall behind him, thanks to the many Canadian ex-pats who are are members of the Arizona club. (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

Dustin Mikush joue un match amical dans la régulière de la Ligue vendredi soir au club de curling Coyotes à Tempe, en Arizona Oui, c’est un drapeau canadien sur le mur derrière lui, grâce aux nombreux expatriés canadiens qui sont membres du club de l’Arizona (Photo D. Mikush)

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Young Saskatchewan curler tries the ice in Arizona http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/24/young-saskatchewan-curler-tries-the-ice-in-arizona/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/24/young-saskatchewan-curler-tries-the-ice-in-arizona/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:55:15 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=58282 [Read More…]]]> “Weird curling destination, eh?” says Dustin Mikush, a 14-year-old curler from Wadena, Sask., who recently travelled to Tempe, Ariz., to try out the ice at the local Coyotes Curling Club.

Shorts, flip-flops, curling broom - this sure isn't Saskatchewan! (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

Shorts, flip-flops, curling broom – this sure isn’t Saskatchewan! (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

Mikush may be young, but he knows something about curling ice. He competes provincially at the Juvenile and Junior level, as well as for his high school. This past season, his Juvenile team made it to the provincial championship, while his Junior team fell just short of qualifying. Like many young curlers in small communities, he introduces kids from the local elementary school to the sport. And as if that’s not enough, he also assists Wadena ice technician Scott Comfort with the ice at his home club.

The young curler packed a lot into his weekend adventure at Coyotes CC, established in 2003 in Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix. He travelled there as a “tag along” with his father, who was in town on business. This is the second trip Mikush has made to check out the curling ice south of the border.

“When my Dad and I arrived on May 30, it was a hot 40 C,” he says. “After we checked into our hotel, we went straight to the Coyotes Curling Club to check out the rink and throw a few rocks. We were greeted by club vice-president Darryl Horsman.”

At the same time, the USA Paralympic skip from Sochi, Patrick McDonald, was offering a wheelchair curling clinic, so Mikush dropped in to get some pointers. Later, he was even able to pick up a game.

“After I was done practicing on the new ice, I ended up skipping a team in the regular Friday Night league,” he says.

“The next day, I walked to the curling rink in my shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt,” reports Mikush. “That is very rare at home in Saskatchewan!”

Taking advantage of some off-ice training, the young curler joined a group taking the USCA Level 1 Instructor course, and then headed out to the ice to play some games.

Saskatchewan's Dustin Mikush attends a session on wheelchair curling from US Paralympic skip, Patrick McDonald (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

Saskatchewan’s Dustin Mikush attends a session on wheelchair curling from US Paralympic skip, Patrick McDonald (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

On their last day, father and son played a final game on the ice before leaving for home.

Mikush was impressed with the warm welcome he received from Horsman and his staff, and was surprised to learn that many of the curlers at Coyotes CC are transplanted Canadians, now residents of the United States.

“One obstacle facing their curling club is the difficulty purchasing curling supplies,” says Mikush. “It is also difficult for their members to teach newcomers because most don’t have their certification.”

Mikush says he took the USCA instructor course because it happened to be offered when he was there, but he’ll definitely be taking the equivalent NCCP course back home as well.

“It was a great weekend,” he said about his Arizona experience, “but I would still rather curl at home in Saskatchewan, even if it’s minus -40 C!”

Dustin Mikush skips a friendly game in the regular Friday Night League at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, Ariz. Yes, that's a Canadian flag on the wall behind him, thanks to the many Canadian ex-pats who are are members of the Arizona club. (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

Dustin Mikush skips a friendly game in the regular Friday Night League at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, Ariz. Yes, that’s a Canadian flag on the wall behind him, thanks to the many Canadian ex-pats who are are members of the Arizona club. (Photo courtesy D. Mikush)

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La liste des équipes pour la Coupe Canada 2014 http://www.curling.ca/2014canadacup-fr/2014/06/18/la-liste-des-equipes-pour-la-coupe-canada-2014/ http://www.curling.ca/2014canadacup-fr/2014/06/18/la-liste-des-equipes-pour-la-coupe-canada-2014/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:00:22 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/18/la-liste-des-equipes-pour-la-coupe-canada-2014/ [Read More…]]]> Les premières étapes vers les Jeux olympiques d’hiver de 2018 débuteront début décembre à l’aréna Encana à Camrose, Alberta et les curleurs canadiens connus seront sur place.

Champions olympiques Brad Jacobs, à gauche, et Jennifer Jones sont dirigés à Camrose pour la Coupe Canada de curling de 2014, présenté par Meridian. (Photos, ACC / Michael Burns)

Champions olympiques Brad Jacobs, à gauche, et Jennifer Jones sont dirigés à Camrose pour la Coupe Canada de curling de 2014, présenté par Meridian. (Photos, ACC / Michael Burns)

La Coupe Canada 2014, présentée par Meridian, se tiendra du 3 au 7 décembre. Il n’y aura pas seulement les deux équipes médaillées d’or aux Olympiques (Brad Jacobs de Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario et Jennifer Jones de Winnipeg), on verra également les champions en titre du Brier Tim Hortons (l’ancienne formation de Kevin Koe de Calgary, maintenant dirigée par John Morris) et du Tournoi des Coeurs Scotties (Rachel Homan d’Ottawa). Les amateurs pourront aussi avoir une petite idée des nouvelles équipes se pointant pour les essais canadiens Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings de 2017 et pour les Olympiques d’hiver de 2018 à Pyeongchang, Corée du Sud.

En tout, 14 équipes (sept d’hommes, sept de femmes) seront présentes à Camrose et joueront pour s’approprier leur part de la bourse de 140 000 $ (14 000 $ pour chacune des équipes gagnantes, 9 000 $ pour celles en deuxième place, 5 000 pour celles en troisième place et 2 000 $ pour chaque victoire dans les matchs préliminaires). Elles pourront également remporter des laissez-passer pour la Coupe Continental World Financial Group de 2015 (Janvier 8-11 à Calgary), pour la Coupe Canada de 2015 (Décembre 2-6, l’endroit à venir) et pour les pré-essais Road to the Roar de 2017 (les dates et les lieux à venir).

Les champions olympiens, du Brier et des Scotties vont faire face à des épreuves assez difficiles à Camrose. Chez les hommes, Jacobs et Morris seront mis au défi par des nouvelles équipes dirigées par Koe et  Glenn Howard. La nouvelle formation de Koe de Calgary comprend le 3e Marc Kennedy et le 1er Ben Hebert, les deux ont remporté la médaille d’or avec Kevin Martin en 2010 à Vancouver et le 2e Brent Laing qui a remporté deux championnats mondiaux avec Howard. Entre-temps, Howard a réaménagé son quatuor de Penetanguishene, Ontario durant la saison morte après les départs de Laing et de son 3e, Wayne Middaugh (retraite). Sa nouvelle formation comprend Richard Hart, revenu comme vice-capitaine (les deux ont gagné ensemble le championnat mondial de 2007) et Jon Mead comme 2e; Mead était sur l’équipe de Jeff Stoughton qui a remporté la plus récente Coupe Canada en 2012 à Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

La liste des équipes masculines est complétée avec Jim Cotter de Vernon,  Colombie-Britannique (l’équipe finaliste dirigée par Morris au Brier Tim Hortons 2014), avec le médaillé olympique de 2006, Brad Gushue de St. John’s (le 3e Mark Nichols revient avec l’équipe) et Mike McEwen de Winnipeg.

Chez les femmes, on verra six des formations qui figuraient dans la dernière étape de la qualification pour les Olympiques d’hiver de 2014 y compris la championne Jones du Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings et la finaliste Sherry Middaugh de Coldwater, Ontario.

Également, la finaliste des Scotties, Val Sweeting d’Edmonton (avec Andrea Crawford, championne du Nouveau-Brunswick sept fois comme 3e) participera ainsi que la championne des Scotties en 2012, Heather Nedohin (avec une nouvelle 3e, Amy Nixon) de Sherwood Park, Alberta.

La liste est complété par la championne de la Coupe Canada à trois reprises, Stefanie Lawton de Saskatoon et la championne de l’Ontario de 2014, Allison Flaxey de Listowel.

Les équipes vont participer à un tournoi à la ronde; les trois meilleurs quatuors accéderont aux éliminatoires. L’équipe au premier rang du tournoi à la ronde accédera directement à la finale du championnat tandis que celles en 2e et 3e places s’affronteront en demi-finale.

Pour vous procurer des billets pour la Coupe Canada de 2014, allez à www.curling.ca/2014canadacup-fr/billets/

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Field set for 2014 Canada Cup of Curling http://www.curling.ca/2014canadacup-en/2014/06/18/field-set-for-2014-canada-cup-of-curling/ http://www.curling.ca/2014canadacup-en/2014/06/18/field-set-for-2014-canada-cup-of-curling/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:00:06 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/18/field-set-for-2014-canada-cup-of-curling/ [Read More…]]]> The first steps toward the 2018 Winter Olympics will be taken in early December at Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta., and a who’s-who of Canadian curling will be on hand.

Olympic champs Brad Jacobs, left, and Jennifer Jones are headed to Camrose for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns)

Olympic champs Brad Jacobs, left, and Jennifer Jones are headed to Camrose for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian Manufacturing. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns)

The 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian Manufacturing, scheduled for Dec. 3-7, will not only feature both defending Olympic gold-medal teams (Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg), it will feature the reigning champions of the Tim Hortons Brier (the former Kevin Koe team of Calgary, now skipped by John Morris) and Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Rachel Homan of Ottawa), in addition to giving curling fans a peek at some intriguing new lineups that are starting down the road to the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A total of 14 teams (seven men’s, seven women’s) will be in Camrose, playing for their share of the $140,000 purse ($14,000 to each winning team, $9,000 to second place, $5,000 to third, and $2,000 for each round-robin win), in addition to the berths in the 2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup (Jan. 8-11 in Calgary), the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling (Dec. 2-6, location TBD) and the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials (dates and location TBD).

The Olympic, Brier and Scotties champs will face stiff tests in Camrose. On the men’s side, Jacobs and Morris will be challenged by new teams skipped by Koe and four-time world champ Glenn Howard. Koe’s new team from Calgary features third Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert, both of whom won gold with Kevin Martin in 2010 in Vancouver, and second Brent Laing, who won two world titles playing with Howard. Howard, meanwhile, shuffled his Penetanguishene, Ont., lineup in the off-season with the departures of Laing and third Wayne Middaugh (retirement). His new lineup features the return of Richard Hart to vice-skip (the two combined to win the 2007 world title) and Jon Mead at second; Mead was a member of the Jeff Stoughton team that won the most recent Canada Cup men’s title in 2012 in Moose Jaw, Sask.

The men’s field is rounded out by Jim Cotter of Vernon, B.C. (the runner-up team, with Morris skipping, at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier), 2006 Olympic gold-medallist Brad Gushue of St. John’s (with former third Mark Nichols returning to the lineup) and Mike McEwen of Winnipeg.

The women’s field will feature six of the teams that were in the final stage of qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics, including Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings champ Jones and runner-up Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont.

As well, Scotties runner-up Val Sweeting of Edmonton (with seven-time New Brunswick women’s champ Andrea Crawford moving in at third) is entered, as is 2012 Scotties champ Heather Nedohin (with new third Amy Nixon) of Sherwood Park, Alta.

The women’s field is rounded out by three-time Canada Cup champ Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon, and 2014 Ontario women’s champion Allison Flaxey of Listowel.

The teams will play a single round-robin draw, with the top three teams advancing to the playoffs. The first-place team in the round-robin will advance directly to the championship final, while the second- and third-place teams will meet in the semifinal.

Click here for the complete list of teams, and click here to purchase tickets for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling.

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Emma Miskew: Chasing athletic dreams http://www.curling.ca/ilovecurling/2014/06/17/emma/ http://www.curling.ca/ilovecurling/2014/06/17/emma/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:59 +0000 Rachael Wilson http://www.curling.ca/?p=58175 [Read More…]]]> Ottawa’s Emma Miskew knows from personal experience just how difficult it is to balance a competitive curling career with the demands of a university program.

Miskew, who plays third on Rachel Homan’s two-time Scotties championship team, was a student in the Industrial Design program at Ottawa’s Carleton University from 2007 to 2012, and she has experienced first-hand the challenges that face young elite curlers who are chasing their athletic dreams.

Emma Miskew, then a second-year university student, holds the broom for skip Rachel Homan at the 2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Salmon Arm, B.C. (CCA Photo)

Emma Miskew, then a second-year university student, holds the broom for skip Rachel Homan at the 2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Salmon Arm, B.C. (CCA Photo)

“My program was very difficult to do while playing a competitive sport that requires a lot of travel,” she says about the project-based program that included constructing models with saws and drills, as well as making presentations. “I submitted a lot of projects early, and went to school to do presentations right from the airport.”

Of course, Miskew was already familiar with the demands of the competitive curling season, having been on the ice since the age of five in the Little Rock program at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa.

“When I was 11, I competed with my team in the Regional Little Rock final against Rachel (Homan) on the Brier ice in Ottawa,” she says. “It was the most amazing thing I had ever done. The next year, my dad called Rachel and Alison’s (Kreviazuk) dads to discuss playing together in Bantams. And the rest is history!”

The Homan team has cut a swath through the Canadian women’s curling landscape, winning medals at provincial, national and international competitions – much of it while Miskew was still at school. It wasn’t easy, and she relied on the support of her family, who often gave up their own vacation time to drive her to events, and more.

“There were nights that they were running out to stores to get supplies for me to finish projects, proofreading documents, or staying up late just to keep me company,” she says. “Without their support, there is no way I would have achieved what I have.”

But not all young curlers have that kind of support when heading off to pursue their post-secondary studies.

“A lot of students aren’t able to work while in school,” she says. “When you add curling to that lifestyle, it’s almost impossible to have a job on the side. Paying for school is expensive and the inability to work is tough on students who are trying to pursue their curling dreams.”

The “For the Love of Curling” scholarships are designed to meet those needs. Each scholarship will provide $1,000 to help university or college athletes cover some of their education and curling costs. A total of 10 scholarships are available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“This scholarship is an amazing opportunity for these students to support themselves during their education,” says Miskew, who will serve on the For the Love of Curling Scholarship selection committee. “I wish it had been available when I was attending university.”

The Canadian Curling Association doesn’t want promising young curlers to have to make a choice between curling and school.

With your generous support, we can help more students pursue their athletic dreams while achieving academic success. With a donation today to the For the Love of Curling scholarship program, you can make education and curling possible for students across Canada.

Emma Miskew in action at the 2013 Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg, Man. (Photo CCA/Michael Burns)

Emma Miskew in action at the 2013 Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg, Man. (Photo CCA/Michael Burns)

To apply or for more information about the “For the Love of Curling” scholarship, click here.

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Help Wanted: Executive Director, Yukon Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/13/help-wanted-executive-director-yukon-curling-association/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/13/help-wanted-executive-director-yukon-curling-association/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:31:15 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58214 [Read More…]]]>

The Yukon Curling Association is recruiting for an Executive Director (part-time permanent) to successfully lead and manage all aspects of the YCA operations in accordance with the strategic direction as set by the Board of Directors. In addition to demonstrating high caliber leadership skills, the successful candidate will have a strong understanding of the Yukon sport system and proven experience in a not-for-profit environment.

This is for a permanent part-time contract ranging between 15-20 hours per week.

Duties:

  • Promotion of the Sport of Curling in the Yukon
  • Financial Accounting & Book Keeping for the Association
  • Completing Grant Applications & Reporting Annually
  • Member Communications & Correspondence
  • Administration & Office Management
  • Planning and Organizing Development Programs
  • Planning and Organizing Territorial Championship Events
  • Prepare for and Attend Monthly Board Meetings, and Annual General Meeting

Qualifications:

  • A University degree in Business, Sports Management or Physical Education or a diploma in Recreation with a strong background in sport. A combination of education and work experience will be accepted
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Computer proficiency and a solid knowledge of MS Office and Email Applications -Experience in grant applications and fund development initiatives
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors

For a full copy of the Executive Director Job Description, please contact the YCA at executivedirector@yukoncurling.ca

*For applicants with additional technical/coaching skills and experience, an opportunity for additional paid hours in a combined role of Executive Director/Technical Coordinator may be possible.

The YCA thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Olympic, Paralympic curlers saluted during Celebration of Excellence http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/06/olympic-paralympic-curlers-saluted-during-celebration-of-excellence/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/06/06/olympic-paralympic-curlers-saluted-during-celebration-of-excellence/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:09:27 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58158 [Read More…]]]> Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic gold-medallists have been taking part in the Celebration of Excellence Tour this week in Ottawa and Calgary.

Mark Ideson and Dennis Thiessen visiting children during the Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour visit to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. (Photo, Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Mark Ideson and Dennis Thiessen visiting children during the Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour visit to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. (Photo, Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

They visited Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and have made school and hospital visits during the Tour, which will conclude Friday in Calgary with the Parade of Champions and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony.

Here are some of the photos from the Celebration of Excellence Tour.

Wheelchair Curling's Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet, Mark Ideson and Dennis Thiessen show off their Paralympic Rings during the Celebration of Excellence Paralympic Ring Reception in Calgary. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Wheelchair Curling’s Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet, Mark Ideson and Dennis Thiessen show off their Paralympic Rings during the Celebration of Excellence Paralympic Ring Reception in Calgary. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Canadian Olympic gold-medal curlers, from left, Kaitlyn Lawes, Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, Ryan Harnden and E.J. Harnden get ready for their school visits on Thursday in Calgary. (Photo, CCA)

Canadian Olympic gold-medal curlers, from left, Kaitlyn Lawes, Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, Ryan Harnden and E.J. Harnden get ready for their school visits on Thursday in Calgary. (Photo: CCA)

Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour visits the Alberta Children's Hospital. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour visits the Alberta Children’s Hospital. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Brad Jacobs and Kaitlyn Lawes were welcomed warmly at St. Anthony's School in Calgary on Thursday. (Photo, CCA)

Brad Jacobs and Kaitlyn Lawes were welcomed warmly at St. Anthony’s School in Calgary on Thursday. (Photo: CCA)

Sonja Gaudet visiting children during the Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour visit to the Alberta Children's Hospital. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Sonja Gaudet visiting children during the Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour visit to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

A student at St. Anthony's School in Calgary finds out just how heavy those Olympic gold medals really are! (Photo: CCA)

A student at St. Anthony’s School in Calgary finds out just how heavy those Olympic gold medals really are! (Photo: CCA)

Brad Jacobs poses with a student at St. Anthony's School in Calgary. (Photo: CCA)

Brad Jacobs poses with a student at St. Anthony’s School in Calgary. (Photo: CCA)

Team Jennifer Jones takes part in the Parade of Champions in Calgary.

Team Jennifer Jones takes part in the Parade of Champions in Calgary.

 

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Help Wanted: Ice Technician, Campbell River C.C. http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/05/28/help-wanted-ice-technician-campbell-river-c-c/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/05/28/help-wanted-ice-technician-campbell-river-c-c/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 15:10:06 +0000 Canadian Curling Association http://www.curling.ca/?p=58095 [Read More…]]]> Ice Technician position available at the Campbell River Curling Club in Campbell River, British Columbia. Applicant preferred to have Level 2 certification. Job scope to include ice installation, care and maintenance throughout the season and year end removal along with some facilities care duties. Season normally runs from early September to the end of the following March.

Competitive wage scale based on experience.

Curling facility is a four (4) sheet sand based rink hosting 17 draws per week plus weekend rentals and bonspiels with a dynamic, active membership and staff.

Campbell River, located halfway up Vancouver Islands east coast is an active growing community offering many opportunities for outdoor activities. Nearby Strathcona Park is known for hiking and fishing, Mount Washington for skiing and the nearby ocean for boating and fishing. Excellent Medical, Commercial and Educational facilities are part of the community.

Send resumes to Campbell River Curling Club at crcurl@shaw.ca

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Sochi gold-medallists to participate in Swing & Sweep Golf Tournament http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/05/28/sochi-gold-medallists-to-participate-in-swing-sweep-golf-tournament/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/05/28/sochi-gold-medallists-to-participate-in-swing-sweep-golf-tournament/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 15:00:52 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58085 [Read More…]]]> Four members of Canada’s gold-medal winning Olympic curling teams will be participating in the inaugural Swing & Sweep Golf Tournament, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association.

Some of Canada's gold-medal winning curlers from the Sochi Olympics will be participating in the first Swing & Sweep charity golf tournament in Niagara Falls, Ont. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Some of Canada’s gold-medal winning curlers from the Sochi Olympics will be participating in the first Swing & Sweep charity golf tournament in Niagara Falls, Ont. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Men’s gold-medallists skip Brad Jacobs and third Ryan Fry, and women’s gold-medallists third Kaitlyn Lawes and second Jill Officer will tee off in the tournament, which will raise funds directed to the For The Love of Curling scholarships and youth curling development programs.

The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2014, at the Thundering Waters Golf Club in Niagara Falls, Ont., and will be one of the highlighted events during the CCA’s first Curling Summit.

“We’re ecstatic that our Olympians will be participating in the tournament in the wake of their successes in Sochi,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the CCA. “Canada’s young curlers look up to them, of course, and that fits in perfectly with the fundraising ambitions of the tournament.”

Registrations for the tournament are now being accepted at www.curling.ca/summit2014/cca-golf-day/, with a cost of $144 per player and $576 for a foursome. The fees include a barbecue lunch, an 18-hole round (shotgun start) and an evening banquet, which also will feature a silent and live auction.

As well, VIP foursomes are also available, allowing participants to golf with a celebrity chosen by random draw, at a cost of $1,500 per foursome.

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Les médaillés et médaillées d’or de Sotchi vont participer au tournoi de golf Swing & Sweep http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/05/28/les-medailles-et-medaillees-dor-de-sotchi-vont-participer-au-tournoi-de-golf-swing-sweep/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/05/28/les-medailles-et-medaillees-dor-de-sotchi-vont-participer-au-tournoi-de-golf-swing-sweep/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 15:00:26 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=58089 [Read More…]]]> Quatre membres des équipes canadiennes médaillées d’or en curling aux Jeux Olympiques de Sotchi vont participer au premier tournoi de golf Swing & Sweep, l’Association canadienne de curling a annoncé aujourd’hui.

Certains des médailles d'or des joueurs gagnants du Canada des Jeux olympiques de Sotchi participeront à la première Swing & Sweep tournoi de golf à Niagara Falls, en Ontario. (Photo, ACC / Michael Burns)

Certains des médailles d’or des joueurs gagnants du Canada des Jeux olympiques de Sotchi participeront à la première Swing & Sweep tournoi de golf à Niagara Falls, en Ontario. (Photo, ACC / Michael Burns)

Les médaillés d’or Brad Jacobs et Ryan Fry (capitaine et troisième de l’équipe masculine) et les médaillées d’or Kaitlyn Lawes et Jill Officer (troisième et deuxième de l’équipe féminine) ont accepté de jouer dans ce tournoi, qui vise à lever des fonds pour le programme des bourses Pour l’amour du curling, ainsi que pour les programmes de développement des jeunes joueurs et joueuses.

Le tournoi aura lieu le 27 août, 2014, au Club de golf Thundering Waters à Niagara Falls, Ont., et ce sera un des événements de marque à la première réunion au sommet de l’ACC.

«Nous sommes ravis que nos athlètes olympiques participent au tournoi, forts de l’élan de leur réussite à Sotchi,» a indiqué Greg Stremlaw, chef de la direction chez l’ACC. «Évidemment, ils sont des modèles de rôles pour nos jeunes joueurs et joueuses, donc ça complète parfaitement les objectifs de levée de fonds de ce tournoi.»

Les inscriptions au tournoi sont ouvertes maintenant au http://www.curling.ca/summit2014/cca-golf-day/, moyennant 144$ par joueur ou 576$ par quatuor. Les frais de participation incluent un déjeuner style barbecue, une partie de golf 18 trous (départ simultané) et un banquet le soir, avec une vente aux enchères conventionnelle et par écrit.

En plus, il y a des options d’inscription en quatuors PDM, moyennant 1 500$ pour le groupe, dans lesquels les participants joueront avec une personne de marque, choisie dans un tirage au sort.

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