Victoria curling centres link up for city-wide try curling day

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September 14, 2013 (ISN) – All four curling centres in the Greater Victoria area are running Try Curling Open Houses simultaneously. The joint event is planned for Sept. 29 from 1pm-4pm.

Esquimalt Curling Club, Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, Glen Meadows Curling Club and Victoria Curling Centre are all hosting an open house and asking curlers who are already members at their club/centre to bring a friend, a co-worker or someone they know who might like to give curling a try.

“What makes this event neat is that we’re all working together to raise awareness about opportunities to curl in Victoria,” said volunteer Len Stewart.

Accent Refrigeration will be running a draw at each of the clubs for a new juvenile/junior to receive their league fees.

New curlers will also have the opportunity to join Getting Started Leagues that the centres are offering.

Contact Len Stewart at 250-419-3653 for more information.

Team World line-up announced for Continental Cup

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It will be a star-studded Team World entry that takes to the ice at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup, the World Curling Federation announced on Tuesday.

The reigning men’s and women’s world curling champions will headline the World squad, which will be attempting to take back the title of Continental Cup champions from the host Team North Americans in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup, scheduled for Jan. 16-19, 2014.

Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, who won the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship last March in Riga, Latvia, and Sweden’s Niklas Edin, who captured the Ford World Men’s Championship last April in Victoria, Canada, are the big names on Team World. Both teams will represent their countries (Muirhead will wear Great Britain colours) at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Muirhead and Edin are not the only stars on Team World, which will be looking to even the score in the 10th edition of the WFG Continental Cup. Team North America has won five times, including in the 2013 event at Penticton, B.C. The sides have alternated victories since the inaugural Continental Cup, in 2002 at Regina.

The two other men’s teams are skipped by two-time world champion David Murdoch of Scotland and three-time world bronze-medallist and 2010 Olympic silver-medallist Thomas Ulsrud of Norway.

The Team World women’s contingent will be rounded out by four-time world silver-medallist Margaretha Sigfridsson from Sweden and rising 22-year-old Japanese star Satsuki Fujisawa, who just missed making the playoff tiebreaker at the 2013 World Women’s Championship in Latvia.

Former world champion David Hay of Scotland and three-time world champion Peja Lindholm of Sweden will return to as Team Captain and Coach respectively.

The Team North America line-ups won’t be known until later this year. The men’s and women’s champions from the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials, Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D., will qualify, while the four Canadian teams (two of each gender) won’t be known until following the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials Dec. 1 to 8 in Winnipeg.

The Continental Cup features six teams from North America competing against six teams representing the rest of the world in various disciplines of curling during four days of competition — traditional team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games. Each segment awards points for wins (or ties).

A total of 60 points are available, meaning the side that earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion.

For ticket and other event information, visit http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/ 

The Canadian Sports broadcaster, TSN, will provide coverage of the Cup inside Canada and coverage will be available to curling fans outside Canada to enjoy via the World Curling Federation website www.worldcurling.org

The WFG Continental Cup is a joint venture of the Canadian Curling Association, World Curling Federation and United States Curling Association.

New member directory launched

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Curl BC has updated our member directory to include interactive maps and website links.

The new directory — at www.curlbc.ca/directory — is now also searchable and can be arranged in alphabetical order or by region.

If members have any questions about the new directory, contact Rebecca Connop Price at rconnopprice@curlbc.ca or 604-333-3617.

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