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(ISN) – Curl BC is pleased to announce that the Creston, Prince George and Vancouver Curling Clubs will be hosting three of the province’s BC championships in 2014.

The Creston Curling Club will host the 2014 BC Master (60+) Curling Championships from March 6-9, 2014.

The top eight master men’s and women’s teams in BC will battle for the titles and berths into the Canadian Master Curling Championships. The BC Championships will begin with two pools of four, with the top two in each pool advancing to semi-finals.

The BC Master Curling Championships have produced 2 national master championship teams skipped by Rick Pughe from Royal City in 2008 and Garry Gelowitz from Kelowna in 2011. Richmond’s Karin Host team has recently won two national silver medals in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons.

The 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship presented by Best Western has been awarded to the Prince George Golf & Curling Club. This event will run from January 6-12, 2014

The top ten women’s teams in BC will play for a berth into the Scotties Canadian Curling Championship. The BC Championship will begin with a full event round-robin followed by a four-team page playoff. The 2013 champion will be the first team to return, while the second spot will be awarded to the top BC women’s team on the Canadian Team Ranking System as of December 1, 2013. The remaining eight berths will be declared through open playdowns.

The BC Women’s Curling Championship has hosted past teams such as Linda Moore’s 1985, Pat Sanders’ 1987 & Kelly Scott’s 2007 World Championship teams, Kelley Law’s 2000 World Gold & 2002 Olympic bronze medalist team and Marla Mallet’s 2009 Canadian silver medalist team. Most recently the Kelly Scott team won a silver medal at the 2012 Canadian Championship.

The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will be hosted at the Vancouver Curling Club and will run from February 5-9, 2014.

The Championship will follow a 16-team triple knockout with a 4-team page playoff format. Similar to the women’s event, the 2013 champion and the men’s leader on the Canadian Team Ranking System as of December 1, 2013 will capture the first two berths. The remaining spot will be declared through regional playdowns. The winner will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier.

The BC Men’s Curling Championship has produced four national championship teams skipped by Frenchy D’Amour (Trail – 1948), Lyall Dagg (Vancouver – 1964), Rick Folk (Kelowna – 1994) and Greg McAulay (Royal City – 2000).

* Note that championship dates are subject to change

About Creston Curling Club

The Creston Curling Club was first organized in 1925. In 1926, a two sheet enclosed natural ice rink was constructed. The season was quite short and during mild spells, draws were canceled. A cement floor and artificial ice were added over the years to improve ice conditions. This attracted more curlers, and in 1950 a new four sheet artificial ice surface was built as an annex to the hockey arena. The club burned down in 1968. The existing club was built in 1970 with four sheets of ice and an additional two were added later

About Prince George Golf & Curling Club

Located in a park-like setting the Prince George Golf and Curling Club offers an enjoyable test of golf for the low handicapper as well as the weekend golfer. In addition to a championship golf course the club also has 8 sheets of curling ice, 5 racquet courts, a driving range and complete dining/lounge facilities.

The golf course was established in 1946 and amalgamated with the curling club in 1973 to form the present Prince George Golf and Curling Club. The Club has numerous facilities that help to make it one of the most respected and diversified clubs in northern British Columbia.

The curling history is lengthy going back to 1920. The club has hosted many provincial and national tournaments including the Scott Tournament of Hearts – Women’s Canadian Championship in 2000 and was named “CURLING CLUB OF THE YEAR” by Curl BC.

About Vancouver Curling Club

The Vancouver Curling Club is located at Hillcrest Centre in the facility that hosted the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games curling competitions. The Club will also host the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship. With eight sheets of ice in a modern, bright and accessible building, the VCC has more than 1,100 members who participate in 20 leagues.

Established in 1912, the VCC has a history of excellence with almost 50 club teams winning provincial championships, including: 24 Men’s, 7 Women’s, 4 Mixed, 7 Senior Men’s, 1 Senior Women’s, 1 Master Men’s, 1 Junior Men’s, and 1 Junior Women’s.

About Curl BC

Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides service to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive sport groups.