Married pair grab separate BC titles

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February 19, 2013, (ISN) – A husband and wife from Surrey have both been named BC Senior Curling Champions.

Craig and Karen Lepine both skipped their respective teams to gold medals at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships at the Trail Curling Club over the weekend.

The curlers are three-time provincial champions in Mixed Curling (1996, 2000 and 2002), but this is the first year the pair have won separate titles in the same year. Craig went to the Brier as BC Men’s champion in 1990 and Karen was Senior Women’s champion in 2003.

They decided to enter the Senior Championship this year because it gave them the opportunity to play more competitive games.

Although both Craig and Karen are curling for the Langley Curling Club, the team members are not all based in Langley. Craig’s team is rounded out by third Stan Walker from Vancouver, second Barry Breton from Surrey and lead Craig McLeod from Richmond. Karen’s team is rounded out by third Lorraine Jeffries (Port Alberni), second Carol Martel (Vernon), and lead Betsy Terpsma (Langley).

Both Lepine teams will head to Summerside, Prince Edward Island, for the Canadian Senior Curling Championships from March 16-24.

“It’s extra special when your wife wins too. It will be a nice trip,” said Craig.

Team Karen Lepine beat Team Brenda Ridgway’s Nanaimo rink 9-5 in the final on Saturday, February 16. The Senior Women’s bronze medalists were Team Debbie Jones-Walker from the Nanaimo Curling Centre.

Team Craig Lepine beat Tom Shypitka’s Cranbrook rink 5-2 in the final, also held on Saturday. The Senior Men’s bronze medalists were team Myron Nichol from the Castlegar Curling Club.

To see the results of all the draws, visit www.playdowns.com/curlbc.

Kids can learn to curl in Merritt

Get your kids into curling by signing them up for a fun introductory class.

The Merritt Curling Centre, on Mamette Road, is hosting an Optimists’ Getting Started in Curling Camp.

The camp, presented by Curl BC, is a fun introduction to curling for new and beginner curlers.

Children from 9 to 12 can learn how to curl in a fun, relaxed environment. Games, skill development, relays and more keep the children active for the duration of the camp.

The camp takes place on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 9:45 a.m. and costs $10. The fee includes instruction, use of curling equipment, activity involvement, snacks and lunch.

Penny Bartel, Participation Manager at Curl BC, said: “This Merritt camp is a great opportunity for your kids to get out of the house and try something new.

“Even if your kids have tried curling before, this camp will help them develop their skills even farther.”

Participants must have clean, indoor shoes.

Space is limited so please register by February 20 by emailing ten.suletnull@tnomap.

Sochi-bound curlers welcome new fifth

The BC foursome who struck gold at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships have welcomed a fifth from another province to their side.

New Brunswick’s Cathlia Ward will accompany BC’s Team Brown to the World Junior Curling Championships in Sochi from February 28 to March 10.

Kamloops Curling Club’s Corryn Brown said she was looking forward to curling with Cathlia in Sochi.

“First of all our decision was based on personality. We really do get along well with Cathlia. Every day (at the Canadian Juniors) she was coming into our hotel room and saying, ‘guys, if there is anything I can do to help’.

“But also, she’s a great curler. She can sweep, she can throw last rock, she’s very talented.”

Ken Brown, Corryn’s dad and the team’s coach along with Brian Fisher, said they had left it up to the girls to choose who they would take to Sochi as their fifth.

“The coaches gave their blessing,” he said. “They had full choice on that, but we discussed it with them and said if they were going to take somebody, she was going to get to play. We’re not taking a token fifth.”

It means Cathlia, who played third for New Brunswick’s Team Daigle at the championships, is likely to play at least two games as part of Team Canada at the Russian competition.

The Kamloops foursome, with Corryn as skip, Erin Pincott as third, Samantha Fisher as second and Sydney Fraser as lead, are looking forward to the Sochi event.

Corryn, who represented Canada at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics on a mixed team with curlers from other provinces, said: “I can’t wait, it’s incredible how excited I am.

“I didn’t think I would be representing Canada this close to last time. I thought maybe in the future at some point, but not yet. I can’t wait for the girls to represent Canada and have that experience,” she said.

Curl BC Terry Vandale said: “On behalf of Curl BC, good luck to Team Brown as they represent Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships.”

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