Vernon Curling Club to host 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

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June 21, 2013, (ISN) – Vernon Curling Club has successfully bid to host the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

The event, which will be televised on Sportsnet, is the top men’s curling event in the province and will attract curling fans from across BC.

The host committee of the event is looking to attract up to 8,000 curling fans to the city. The championship is scheduled to take place in early February (dates to be confirmed) of 2015.

The winner of the championship will go on to compete at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier.

Mark Longworth, a long-time curling volunteer in Vernon, will chair the event committee.

He said he is looking forward to the event. “We hosted the event in 2010 and 2011 and it was very successful. It provided great entertainment for the fans and was a great event to lead. We feel we have an excellent venue to attract up to 8,000 fans, with great lighting and sightlines. It just seems to be a great fit for Vernon,” he said.

Longworth added that the club already had a great volunteer base to draw on and a world-class ice-maker in Dave Merklinger, the club’s manager/ice-maker.

Curl BC CEO Scott Braley said: “Curl BC is delighted to return to Vernon Curling Club which very successfully hosted these championships back-to-back in 2010 and 2011. Vernon has a great facility with top quality ice so it is an ideal venue for the players.”

Chris Pragnell, Senior Manager, Business Development, at Canadian Direct Insurance, said: “Canadian Direct Insurance is proud to support curling in BC and we look forward to returning to Vernon for another great championship.”

Vernon has produced some great curling champions over the years, including Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith, Rick Sawatsky, Chris Anderson, Ina Forrest, curling hall-of-famer Sonja Gaudet and Trevor Perepolkin.

The club boasts eight sheets of ice, two large viewing areas and a 250-seat comfortable lounge/banquet hall.