BC’s youngest curlers and those between 50 and 60 years old are among the athletes who should be considering their next move this competitive season.

The BC U18 Curling Championships, for curlers 17 and under as of June 30, 2016, take place at Nanaimo Curling Centre from March 16-19, 2017. The 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships, meanwhile, are scheduled for Feb 20-26 2017 at Salmon Arm Curling Centre.

Shannon Aleksic, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager, says: “Whether this is your first time competing to earn a berth to provincials or you’re a seasoned competitor, this is a great time to think about signing your team up. This could be your year!”

U18 curlers must think about preparing for qualification now, because regional playdowns start in January.

All playdowns for the U18 event take place from January 13-15, with the registration deadline December 23.

The Kootenay playdowns take place at Grand Forks Curling Club and the Thompson Okanagan playdowns take place at Eastlink Curling Centre in Oliver. Meanwhile the Island playdowns are staged in Nanaimo and the Region 11 (Lower Mainland) playdowns take place at Mission Granite Curling Club. The Northern playdowns location(s) are to be announced.

The winners of the U18 events will go on to compete at the first-ever national U18 event. (Previously there was an Optimist International U18 event but not all provinces participated). The national event will take place in Moncton, New Brunswick, from April 17-22.

The winning teams from the 2017 BC Senior Championships will also go on to compete at nationals in New Brunswick (Fredericton, March 20-25). Men’s and women’s teams wishing to enter this event must qualify in regional playdowns, which get underway in January, but the registration for all playdowns is December 23.

All but one senior playdowns take place from January 13-15.

The Kootenay playdowns take place at Invermere Curling Club, the Thompson/Okanagan playdowns take place at Kelowna Curling Club and the Northern playdowns take place at Quesnel Curling Club. The Island playdowns take place at Nanaimo Curling Centre.
Men’s and women’s playdowns are taking place on separate dates and in separate locations for the Lower Mainland teams.

The senior women’s Lower Mainland playdown takes place from January 6-8 at Peace Arch Curling Club and the senior men’s Lower Mainland playdown takes place January 13-15 at Tunnel Town Curling Club.

Curl BC will reimburse the competitors’ fee for people entering BC playdowns for the first time, a savings of $40 per curler.

If you have any questions about entering playdowns, please contact Shannon Aleksic, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager, at 604-333-3619 or saleksic@curlbc.ca.