Salmon Arm, BC (January 17, 2017) – Salmon Arm will be playing host to the province’s best senior curlers from February 20-26 when the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships roll into town.
And the eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams from across the province who will be vying for the opportunity to represent BC at nationals have now been named. Most qualification playdowns took place this weekend (January 13-15).
On the men’s side, Team Ursel will be back to defend their BC title from last year. Kelowna’s Bob Ursel and Dave Stephenson joined forces with Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson. The team made it through to the championship round at nationals last year. They will be joined in Salmon Arm by another team with a Kootenays connection – Team Shypitka, from Cranbrook and Elkford.
The men’s teams from the Lower Mainland travelling up to Salmon Arm will be Richmond’s Team Moss, Royal City’s Team Wright, Langley/Vancouver/Penticton’s Team Lepine and Royal City/Langley’s Team McArdle.
Representing the north will be Quesnel’s Team Plant and representing Vancouver Island will be Duncan’s Team Craig.
On the women’s side, Teams Richter, Cowan, Deputan and Lepine qualified at the Lower Mainland playdowns over the weekend of January 6-8 at Peace Arch Curling Club. Karen Lepine, who skipped a team which won gold nationally in the 2014-15 season, is at the helm of a new team in 2016-17. This year’s team includes Susan Beuk, who also won gold nationally in 2014-15, as well as Claire Morrison and Karen Van Os.
One women’s team will be supported by a home crowd, with Salmon Arm’s Team Jenkins winning the Okanagan berth.
The women’s team representing the Kootenays is Team Nichol from Castlegar Curling Club, and the women’s team representing Vancouver Island is Team Noble, from Qualicum and District Curling Club.
Team Bulleid from Terrace rounds out the women’s roster.
The winning male and female teams will go on to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick.