by Rebecca Connop Price
February 3, 2014, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – It was the site of Olympic glory for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games. And now, starting on Wednesday, February 5, top curlers are back at the Hillcrest Centre to battle for their own golden moment.
The Hillcrest Centre, which is now home to the Vancouver Curling Club (VCC), will host 16 men’s teams for the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Automation One.
The field represents all corners of the province and includes defending champion Team Bilesky as well as Team Morris, the silver medallists at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Olympic Curling Trials held in December 2013 in Winnipeg.
John Morris, who linked up with Jim Cotter and his team for the 2013-14 season, is looking forward to revisiting the site where he won gold with Team Martin at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Morris said: “‘I have some amazing memories from the Hillcrest Centre from back in 2010. Even though the venue has no doubt changed somewhat since the Olympics, I’m sure I’ll still get a chill when I walk in there again for the first time since we won gold.”
The top three teams will be featured on live Sportsnet broadcasts in the semi finals on February 8 and the finals on February 9. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for the broadcast schedule.
The diverse group of competitors includes past junior, national and provincial champions. In addition to Team Morris, representing the Kelowna/Vernon clubs, and Team Bilesky, representing the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, teams from Kamloops, Maple Ridge, Prince George, Victoria, New Westminster, Kimberley, Castlegar, Kelowna, Vernon/Salmon Arm and Duncan will be taking part.
The winner in Vancouver will move on to represent B.C. at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops in March.
“Curl BC is delighted that the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will be staged at Vancouver Curling Club this year. We look forward to another exciting event inside this fantastic facility,” said Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO.
“The VCC, the beneficiary of the legacy facility from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is thrilled to be hosting a provincial championship and once again being a part of elite curling in Canada. We are thankful of the support of our great sponsors, members and volunteers who have made this event a reality”, said Willa Thorpe, Event Chair and Executive Director of the club.
The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, Presented by Automation One, will take place at the Vancouver Curling Club from February 5-9, 2014.
The winner will go on to compete in the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, which takes place in Kamloops from March 1-9, 2014.
Visit http://cdimens2014.curlbc.ca for team information, or to view the event schedule and draw format.
Single draw tickets for the Vancouver event start at just $5, with weekend passes selling for $25 and the full event pass going for just $35. Visit http://cdimens2014.curlbc.ca/tickets/ to purchase tickets.
For results of all the draws leading up to the playoffs, visit playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC tab.
For information about the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, visit http://www.curling.ca/2014brier-en/.