Team Switzer take Mixed curling title at home club

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Rebecca Connop Price

March 18, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – It has taken 54 years, but Keith Switzer has finally won a gold medal at a provincial championship.

And the 63-year-old managed to do it at his home club – the Vancouver Curling Club – and with a group of accomplished young curlers whose average age is half his own.

The skip said he will cherish his gold medal moment from the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship for a long time.

Switzer said: “This is huge for me. I’m over the moon, I’m definitely a happy camper.”

His team is made up of third Sandra Comadina, a pro golfer and competitive curler from Vancouver, second Leonard Firkus, a management consultant from Coquitlam, and lead Carman Cheng, an assistant controller from Vancouver. Spare Brad Blackwell (Vancouver Curling Club) stepped in for Leonard Firkus on Saturday and Sunday to round the team out.

Team Switzer didn’t have an easy run at the championship. They played Langley’s Team Klymchuk three times during the competition, including in the final – a team with two members (skip Tyler Klymchuk and second Rhys Gamache) who were coming off the back of a stint at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

And they faced tough competition from clubmates Team Wakefield, who finished in third place. Skip Jay Wakefield was competition-ready after his men’s team competed at the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in February.

Switzer, a BC Hydro business manager who also curls at Richmond Curling Club, has lost count of the number of provincial championships he has competed in. But, until yesterday, all that curling didn’t add up to a provincial title.

What makes the win even more remarkable is that the team was put together only a few weeks before the deadline to enter the qualification round. “What impressed me was the group came together so quickly and easily on short notice,” said Switzer.

He added that the key to his team’s success was that they had great chemistry, and everyone showed respect for the other players and the other teams.

To see the results of all the games from the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship, visit www.playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC link.

The team will now head to Ottawa for the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, which takes will place from November 14-23, 2013, at the Rideau Curling Club.

Silver medallists: Team Klymchuk, from Langley Curling Club. Skip Tyler Klymchuk, Third Ashley Nordin, Second Rhys Gamache, Lead Laryssa Legan.

Bronze medallists: Team Wakefield, from Vancouver Curling Club. Skip Jay Wakefield, Third Rebecca Turley, Second Jeffrey Cawker, Lead Michelle Dunn.

The Vancouver Curling Club is located at the Hillcrest Centre, the home of curling at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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.

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