Team Cormack take BC title

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January 29, 2013, (ISN) – Team Cormack took the 2013 ThyssenKrupp BC Wheelchair Curling Championship title after a weekend of competition in Nanaimo.

Skip Gary Cormack is a regular at nationals, and was the 2006 and 2010 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Champion with a different team.

He won Curl BC’s Athlete with a Disability Award for 2010-11.

His team of Third Frank LaBounty, Second Vince Miele and Lead Allison Duddy won all three of their draws over the weekend.

In their first two draws, they beat Team Austgarden 10-7 and Team Green 12-6 for a spot in the final.

The final against Team Green was a closer affair, with the final score 9-8.

Team Cormack will head to the 2013 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Ottawa from March 24-31.

Denise Wood, manager of the Nanaimo Curling Centre, said it was a great weekend of curling.

Television cameras from CTV and Shaw were on hand, while both Nanaimo daily newspapers, the Nanaimo Daily News and the Nanaimo News Bulletin, covered the event.

There were also spectators from around the community.

Denise added: “We had a good core group of people here watching the final. It was great.”

Free entry to BC’s newest championship

You won’t have to pay a penny to get into BC’s newest curling championship event.

The 2013 BC Mixed Doubles Championship, which takes place at the North Shore Winter Club from February 1-3, is a free event.

Curling Director at the club, Liz Goldenberg, said she was looking forward to the event and wanted as many spectators there as possible.

Mixed Doubles teams are made up of one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10).

Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.

“This is a new spin on an old game. It’s fast-paced and fun to watch, there’s very little standing around because there’s only two people on the ice,” said Liz.

Sixteen teams have entered the championship. The winner will go to the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials in Leduc, Alberta.

Although spectators won’t be charged an entry fee, a donation box will be available for anyone who can donate to the North Shore Winter Club’s junior program.

The first draw will take place on Friday, February 1, at 7:30pm, and there will be three more draws on Saturday.

The semi-finals take place on Sunday at 10am and the final will take place at 1pm.

The North Shore Winter Club is at 1325 E Keith Road in North Vancouver.