A worldwide audience will be able to catch the action at the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster when it is livestreamed on January 1.
The championships, which will take place from December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017, are for Junior Men and Junior Women curlers aged under 21.
People around the world will be able to watch the event live thanks to Curl BC’s partnership with viaSport. Livestreaming of the event will take place on the final day of the event (January 1, 2017).
A broadcast schedule and a link to the streaming page will be published in the coming months.
The event will decide which two BC teams (Men and Women) will head to the 2017 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in Esquimalt from January 21-29, 2017.
Royal City Curling Club is the home club for many past and defending BC champions, including Team Tardi, the defending BC Junior Men’s Champions, defending BC Junior Women’s Champions Sarah Daniels, Megan Daniels and Dezaray Hawes, and Team McCrady, the defending BC Winter Games Juvenile Men’s Champions. Among the former champions of BC calling the club home is former BC Men’s champions Andrew Bilesky and Steve Kopf (2013). The six-sheet club is popular with competitive curlers because of its elite leagues and quality ice.
Nancy Stagg, co-chair of the host committee for the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships, said: “It’s an auspicious year for the Royal City Curling Club as we have the honour of hosting these championship games the same year as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We know there will be some great curling as each team puts their training and determination to the test. Come be part of the excitement. Plan to be a fan.”
Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a great host committee in New Westminster and we know they will help put on a great event for the best young curlers in BC. We encourage all curling fans to mark their calendar for this event – it is a great chance to see some of our sport’s rising stars.”
Royal City Curling Club is a six-sheet facility with catering, a pro-shop and upstairs lounge. The club has approximately 1,000 regular curlers participating in over 28 leagues and programs.
Most berths still up for grabs as final Junior Tour date looms
The points race is heating up as the final BC Junior Curling Tour event looms near.
On the Junior Women’s side, Team Brown, of Kamloops, sits at the top of the standings with 181 points, but Team Daniels is close behind, with 180.
The final BC Junior Curling Tour event for this tour takes place in Esquimalt from Nov. 11-13. The teams with the most points on the tour from each gender earn a berth to the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships.
Corryn Brown’s rink featuring Marika Van Osch, Dezaray Hawes and Samantha Fisher pulled into first place after securing 100 points at the recent Rick Cotter Memorial Classic, held in Vernon. The team also earned $2,200 at the spiel.
The team beat the Daniels rink of Sarah Daniels, Sarah Loken, Megan Daniels and Sydney Brilz in the final to take the points windfall.
The two teams will have to look out for Team Harvey (Vernon) and Team Drexel (Coquitlam/Cloverdale/Chilliwack), who could move into the top of the table if things go well for them at Esquimalt.
On the junior men’s side, Team Kiss, from Royal City Curling Club, have all but secured their berth.
The team were winners from the Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Cashspiel, and got points from two other spiels, giving them 204 points in total.
Unless registration at the Esquimalt event increases to more than 8 teams on the junior men’s side (which would increase points availability) Jordan Kiss, Travis Cameron, Nicholas Umbach and Derek Chandler have secured a berth at the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships.
Team Tardi took the most points at the Rick Cotter Memorial Classic in Vernon. However, it was the team’s first win on the tour so the team now stands in second place with 170 points. The team of Tyler Tardi, Sterling Middleton, Jordan Tardi and Nicholas Meister, are the defending BC champions.
Team Wilson with 142 points and Team McCrady with 130 have the chance to overtake Team Tardi at Esquimalt.