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Team Tardi and Team Daniels

(ISN) – Prince George, BC –  It’s nearly a year since Team Daniels and Team Tardi were chosen to represent the province at the 2015 Canada Winter Games but they will finally don their BC jackets as the Games begin in Prince George this weekend.

The two teams, which are made up of curlers from across BC, will have home advantage as for the first time in Winter Games history the event is being staged in BC.

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Team Tardi

It will be the Men’s team, of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Nicholas Umbach and lead Timothy Henderson, who will be first to step on the ice at Prince George Golf and Curling Club when their event begins on Sunday.

Despite being from as far apart as Victoria and Fort St. John, the team have managed to find time to practice and even compete in several bonspiels together.

Speaking in January, Tyler said: At first the fact that we are spread out across the province was a big challenge but we have got used to it now. We have competed in four spiels and have won three of them and reached the final in the other one so we’re pleased with that.”

Team Tardi’s first game will be against Alberta at 1pm on Sunday and will be televised at 8pm on TSN2, they will then play pool games throughout the week before the knockout stages begin on Thursday, February 19.

Team Daniels’, which is made up of skip Sarah Daniels, third Dezaray Hawes, second Cierra Fisher and lead Sydney Hofer, will begin their pursuit of gold on Monday, February 23.

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Team Daniels 

The rink, who curl out of clubs in Delta, New Westminster, Kamloops and Vernon, has had a successful season so far and are looking forward to being part of the Canada Winter Games.

Speaking about representing BC, Sarah said: “Going to the Games is going to be great. We normally play in a team of four but we will be part of a much bigger team this time and with it being in BC there should be lots of support and an awesome atmosphere.

“It will be fun to see the different sports and hopefully people from other sports will come and watch curling so we can promote the sport”, Sarah added.

BC is the reigning champion in the Women’s event as Team Brown from Kamloops Curling Club won the title in 2011.