Best of BC gather to battle for mixed curling crown

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March 13, 2013 Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The best mixed curling teams in the province are going head-to-head for the chance to play against the best mixed curling teams in the country in Ottawa.

The 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship will be getting underway at the Vancouver Curling Club, located at the Hillcrest Centre, the home of curling at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, tomorrow (Thursday, March 14).

The championship brings top curling back to Hillcrest Centre. “After moving to our new home in August 2011, our club is pleased to host the first of what we hope are many provincial championships,” said Scott Allen, president of the Vancouver Curling Club. “The BC Mixed gives people a chance to see some of the province’s best curlers competing right here in Vancouver, including two teams from the VCC.”

Mixed curling involves a regular 10-end game of curling with teams consisting of two men and two women. For up to date information on draws and the live scores, visit

Team Buchy, from Kimberley Curling Club, will be back to defend their BC Mixed title from last year. The team is made up of skip Tom Buchy, third Lori Buchy, second Dave Toffolo and lead Robyn Toffolo.

Team Klymchuk, from the Langley Curling Club, are new to the mixed curling championship. However, the team is made up of experienced curlers. Tyler Klymchuk and his second Rhys Gamache have recently returned from the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in Fort McMurray. The team is rounded out by third Ashley Nordin and lead Laryssa Legan.

Team LeDrew, from the Kelowna Curling Club, are also a new team for this year. Skip Ryan LeDrew is a former BC Men’s provincial champion who went to the 2006 Brier. Third Heather Tyre has three provincial titles to her name, including two mixed and a junior women’s crown. The team is rounded out by Jock Tyre, the general manager of the Kelowna Curling Club, and Chrstine LeDrew, the 2004 junior women’s provincial champion.

Team McKie, from the Sparwood Curling Club, have been curling together for six years. Skip Fizz McKie, has been curling for 53 years, third Karla McKie has been curling for eight years, second Gordon Polacik has been curling for 30 years and lead Melissa Creelman has been curling for eight years.

Team Nichol, from Castlegar Curling Club, are a new mixed curling team. Skip Myron Nichol has curled at the senior men’s provincials three times, while third Heather Nichol has played at the BC Scotties in 2009 and 2011. The team is rounded out by second Jamie Tedesco and lead Marlo Tedesco, whose home club is the Nelson Curling Club.

Team Switzer are one of the home teams at the competition – they play out of the Vancouver Curling Club. They are a new team made up of curling veteran Keith Switzer (who has been curling for 54 years), third Sandra Comadina (33 years), second Leonard Firkus (25 years) and relative newcomer Carman Chang (five years). Despite only curling for five years, Chang competed at last year’s mixed championship.

Team Wakefield are the other team based out of the Vancouver Curling Club at the competition. Skip Jay Wakefield, third Rebecca Turley, second Jeffrey Cawker and lead Michelle Dunn have all been curling for between 13 and 15 years. Wakefield is the 2008 BC junior men’s champion and a bronze medallist from the 2012 provincial men’s championship.

The final team rounding out the roster is Team Weinreich, from the Nanaimo and Victoria curling centres. Skip Kevin Weinreich, third Kalia Van Osch, second Zachary Capron and lead Carley Sandwith all have championship experience.

Williams Moving & Storage, the title sponsor of the event, provides transportation, logistics, relocation, warehousing and distribution services related to a wide variety of goods on behalf of individuals, corporations, government agencies and communities. They are the biggest professional moving company in Western Canada.

The winner of the Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship will play against the nation’s top curling at the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships from November 14-23, 2013 at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa.

About the Vancouver Curling Club

The Vancouver Curling Club has eight curling sheets at Hillcrest Centre. The fully-accessible facility features a licensed lounge with a seating capacity of 200. In addition, there’s a pro shop, locker rooms, a meeting room available for rentals, and 17,000 square feet of floor space for off-season use and rentals.

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 Masters Men’s, 1 Junior Men’s, and 1 Junior Women’s. The VCC is also the proud home of the Lyall Dagg team, winner of the MacDonald Brier and Men’s World Championship in 1964.

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 services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.