Strathcona Cup comes to Vancouver

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December 18, 2012, Vancouver, BC., (ISN) –  The world’s oldest international curling competition is coming to Vancouver and everyone is invited to come watch.

The North Shore Winter Club is hosting the first games of the Strathcona Cup West tour, which kicks off on Thursday, January 10. The tour will be at the Vancouver Curling Club and the Royal City Curling Club the following day.

The Strathcona Cup, established in 1903, pits curlers from Scotland against curlers from Canada in a series of friendly games.

Scotland is a nation known for the bravery of its countrymen, so it’s not surprising that the 20 Scottish curlers coming to BC in January have a very ambitious schedule ahead of them.

From January 10 to 16 the curlers from the Strathcona Cup West Tour will be travelling to no fewer than 11 curling clubs.

And not content with seeing just one part of the province, the players also have several ferry crossings to brave.

The tour takes them to the Greater Vancouver area, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. And it doesn’t end there – they will also be travelling east through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba after their stay in BC.

Bruce Beveridge, a North Shore resident and a Quebec curling champion from 1967, is helping to organize the BC part of the tour. He said: “We’re hoping to give the Strathcona Cup curlers a warm welcome.  That’s why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to come out to their nearest club and support the event. Not all the players will be curling at the same time, so you will have the opportunity to talk to the visiting teams.”

The Strathcona Cup is named after Lord Strathcona, Sir Donald Alexander Smith, who was the President of the Royal Caledonia Curling Club at the turn of the last century.

The cup itself, engraved with silver Celtic symbols and curling scenes, stays in Scotland as it is thought to be too valuable to move back and forth between the two countries.

2013 is primed to be a great year, with three separate Scottish tours coming to Canada.

At the same time as the Strathcona West Tour, a Strathcona Central and East tour will take place in Ontario and the Maritimes. Each win will be tallied up and the country – Scotland or Canada – with the most points will win the coveted cup.

People are encouraged to come out to watch at the following locations and times: 

North Shore Winter Club, January 10, 2:45 p.m.

Royal City Curling Club, January 11, 9:30 a.m.

Vancouver Curling Club, January 11, 2:30 p.m.

Richmond Curling Club, January 12, 10 a.m.

Tunnel Town Curling Club,  January 12, 2:30 p.m.

Hollyburn Country Club, January 13, 9 a.m.

Powell River Curling Club,  January 14, 9 a.m.

Qualicum and District Curling Club, January 14, 2 p.m.

Esquimalt Curling Club, January 15, 2 p.m.

Victoria Curling Centre, January 16, 9 a.m.

Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club, January 16, 1 p.m.