BC teams grab the limelight at Pacific International Cup

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April 25, 2013, (ISN) – The event at Richmond Curling Club from April 17-21 was once again a huge success, attracting teams from across B.C., the Yukon, the Western United States and even Australia.

Team Gibson from Vancouver Curling Club, made up of Amy Gibson, Rebecca Turley, Carman Cheng and Michelle Dunn, took the top spot in both the women’s BC Club Challenge and the PIC.

On the men’s side, Team Black from Penticton Curling Club took first in the BC Club Challenge and the PIC. The team is made up of Blaine Black, Shaun Everest, Doug McCrae and Kim Dixon.

Both teams will head to Thunder Bay, Ontario, in the fall for the Dominion Curling Club Championship.

Wayne Braun, the Operations Director of the event, said it had been a great competition. He said: “The Vancouver ladies fought hard for every game they won and they had to come all the way back from a few losses in the beginning to win six games in a row to take first place and become Team BC. They then went on to beat Team Washington.”

The Penticton men, meanwhile, dominated the men’s club challenge.

They played seven games unbeaten to take the title in both events.

Braun said the icemakers, volunteers, and Richmond staff and helpers had made his job easy. “The ice-makers did a great job, everybody commented on the fantastic ice,” he said. “The whole organization was first class. We had all done this 13 times before, so this time I was just walking around not having to worry about anything.”

The Pacific International Cup features a BC pool and an international pool of each gender, made up of eight teams each.

The winners of the BC pool then face off against the winners of the international pool for the title. The winners of the BC pool also become British Columbia’s Dominion Curling Club Champions and represent BC at the Dominion Curling Club Championship.

In addition to giving club curlers the chance to take part in a prestigious provincial and international event, the Pacific International Cup has become an important fundraiser for Spinal Cord Injury BC.

Over the five years that the Pacific International Cup has teamed up with SCI BC, curlers and volunteers have raised over $100,000.

Chris McBride, executive director of SCI BC, said: “We are delighted that the PIC continues to support SCI BC to help us support people with spinal cord injuries and their families.”