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by rconnopprice

January 3, 2014, Chilliwack (ISN) – It was a good day of curling for teams from Vancouver Island. Nanaimo’s Kalia Van Osch and Victoria’s Cameron de Jong were victorious at the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships finals held at Chilliwack Curling Club on December 31.

 Team Van Osch.
Team Van Osch

And the Island rinks do not have long to wait before they travel to nationals.

The 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, runs from January 18-26 and will see teams from across the nation competing for a gold medal and the chance to play in the worlds in Switzerland.

Wendi Prinse, chair of the BC championship event, said: “I want to give a special thanks to our volunteers and sponsors for making this event possible.”

The junior women’s side finished up in the early afternoon on December 31, with the final game televised for the first time on Sportsnet.  The lineup was Team Van Osch from Nanaimo/Delta curling clubs. Skip Kalia had taken the title with her older sister Kesa in 2012 and was a silver medallist last year. The team, rounded out by third Marika Van Osch, second Sarah Daniels and lead Ashley Sanderson, defeated 2013 BC & Canadian national champions Team Brown from Kamloops in a thrilling extra end game.

Team de Jong.
Team de Jong

For the men’s final, it was an early lead by Team de Jong from Victoria/Juan de Fuca playing against Team Tardi from Langley.  When the ice cleared, it was gold for Team de Jong. Skip Cameron de Jong, third Brook Calibaba, second Ryan Cassidy and lead Alex Horvath along with Coach Donald McMullen will join Team Van Osch at Canadian nationals.

Congratulations to the silver medallists:
Team Brown – Skip Corryn Brown, Third Erin Pincott, Second Samantha Fisher, Lead Sydney Fraser and Coach Brian Fisher.
Team Tardi – Skip Tyler Tardi, Third Jordan Tardi, Second Nicholas Meister, Lead Zachary Umbach and Coach Paul Tardi.

Congratulations to the bronze medallists:
Team Jensen of Victoria skipped by Shawna Jensen.  Team mates Third Merit Thorson, second Lauren Legan and lead Tatianna Simicic, coached by Judy McMartin.
Team Reid, also of Victoria, skipped by Nolan Reid, throwing fourth rocks, Sanjay Bowry, second Calvin Heels and lead Byron Heels coached by Len Chilibeck.

Coaching and Sportsmanship awards were presented after the bronze medals on Monday night.
Coach winners were Len Chilibeck from Team Reid, of Victoria, and Stacy Holt from Team Egan, of Coquitlam.
Junior Sportsmanship Award winners were Sydney Hofer from Team Edwards of Vernon, sharing the spotlight with Mariah Coulombe of Team Coulombe from Juan de Fuca Curling Club.  Kasey O’Hara was the male winner from Team Umpherville of Beaver Valley