by Rebecca Connop Price
February 24, 2014, New Westminster, BC (ISN) – Two teams from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster struck gold at the BC Winter Games.
The juvenile women’s team of Dezaray Hawes and the juvenile men’s team of Brayden Carpenter topped the podium at the biennial event, held this year in Mission.
Team Hawes, rounded out by third Cailin Cooke, Second Jaymee Lynn and lead Everly Royea, started the Games with a decisive 14-5 victory over Team Walgren, from Nelson Curling Club.
They hit a snag in their second draw at the Mission Granite Curling Club, falling 4-2 to eventual bronze medallists Team Tinkler from the Juan De Fuca Curling Centre, but bounced back the next day, winning both their draws and the chance to play in the final.
Team Carpenter, on the juvenile men’s side, rounded out by third Tyler Proctor, second Breyden Chong and lead Horace Mak, also lost their second game, before snapping back into winning form and taking a semi-final win against Team Tardi from the Langley Curling Club and a final win over Team Ueda, from the North Shore Winter Club.
Silver medals were awarded to Team Ueda (made up of Jay Ueda, Cullen Quek, Arthur Lee, Keegan Lennie and Matthew Chan) and Team Connell, from the Prince George Golf and Curling Club (made up of Alyssa Connell, Jordan Henson, Jennilee Slaney, Julianne Slaney and Bailey Eberherr).
Team Tardi is made up of Tyler Tardi, skip, Third Nicholas Umbach, Second Scottie Kryski and Lead Joshua Desrosiers.
Team Tinkler is made up of Bailey Tinkler, Jordan Koster, Sydney Brilz and Julia Kresse.
To see the results of all juvenile men’s draws, visit http://playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=567.
To see the results of all juvenile women’s draws, visit http://playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=566.
In addition to winning the bronze medal, Tyler Tardi was honoured with a prestigious BC Winter Games award.
The W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence was handed to the Surrey-based curler at the end of the Games.
He was chosen above all other male competitors in all sports for the award.
In addition to winning a trophy, Tyler will receive a $2,500 bursary designed to recognize and support his ongoing development in sport or education.
The award was named in honour of the former Premier of British Columbia, William Bennett, who was instrumental in starting the BC Summer and BC Winter Games program in 1978.
The recipient is selected from nominations submitted by Provincial Sport Organizations included in each Games. Each sport may submit a nomination for one male and one female athlete competing at the Games. Nominees are considered on the basis of their past sport performances in the sport they are competing at the Games, their performance at the Games, their sport ambition and future potential, and demonstrated leadership both on and off the field of play. Nomination forms are provided directly to Provincial Sport Organizations prior to the Games.
- Team Carpenter – Royal City Curling Club – Zone 4 (Fraser River-Delta)
- Skip Brayden Carpenter
- Third Tyler Proctor
- Second Breyden Chong
- Lead Horace Mak
- Team Ueda – North Shore Winter Club – Zone 5 (Vancouver-Squamish)
- Skip Jay Ueda
- Third Cullen Quek
- Second Arthur Lee
- Lead Keegan Lennie
- Fifth Matthew Chan
- Team Tardi – Langley Curling Club – Zone 3 (Fraser Valley)
- Skip Tyler Tardi
- Third Nicholas Umbach
- Second Scottie Kryski
- Lead Joshua Desrosiers
- Team Hawes – Royal City Curling Club – Zone 3 (Fraser Valley)
- Skip Dezaray Hawes
- Third Cailin Cooke
- Second Jaymee Lynn
- Lead Everly Royea
- Team Connell – Prince George Golf and Curling Club – Zone 8 (Cariboo-North East)
- Skip Alyssa Connell
- Third Jordan Henson
- Second Jennilee Slaney
- Lead Julianne Slaney
- Fifth Bailey Eberherr
- Team Tinkler – Juan De Fuca Curling Centre – Zone 6 (Vancouver Island-Central Coast)
- Skip Bailey Tinkler
- Third Jordan Koster
- Second Sydney Brilz
- Lead Julia Kresse