February 6, 2013, (ISN) – A 14-year-old and 16-year-old beat a field of junior, adult and senior curlers at BC’s inaugural Mixed Doubles Championship in North Vancouver.
Team Hawes/Tardi, made up of 14-year-old Tyler Tardi, a competitive juvenile curler from Langley, and 16-year-old Dezaray Hawes, a competitive junior curler from New Westminster, beat Team Miller/Blumke, made up of adult curlers Kerri Miller and Edward Blumke, from Langley Curling Club, in the final on February 3.
Tardi recently skipped a young side to a silver medal at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships in Coquitlam. His team went into the final with a 6-2 record, but lost to the much more experienced Team Klymchuk, who are currently battling for a championship spot at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Fort McMurray.
The 2013 BC Mixed Doubles Championship took place at the North Shore Winter Club from February 1-3.
Team Hawes/Tardi will travel to Leduc, Alberta, from March 14-17 to play in the first-ever Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials. The winner of the national event will go on to curl at the World Mixed Doubles Championship, which will take place in Fredericton from April 13-20.
Mixed Doubles curling is an increasingly popular version of the game and it is likely to become an Olympic event as early as 2018.
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.