The eight curling teams who will compete for the provincial Mixed crown at Parksville Curling Club from March 2-5 have now been decided.
Regional qualifiers for the 2017 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship took place over the weekend, with six teams successful in their bid for a berth.
Team Baier from Vancouver Island, comprised of Chris Baier, Stephanie Jackson-Baier, Will Duggan, Sydney Brilz and coach Brett Kury won the Island playdowns. Stephanie Jackson-Baier was a member of the winning BC Scotties team from 2014, while Chris Baier is a former BC Junior Champion and Will Duggan was on the Mixed team that won provincials in 2009.
The Kootenays qualifier was won by Team Buchy, representing Kimberley Curling Club. Tom and Lori Buchy teamed up with Dave and Robyn Toffolo again this year, looking for a repeat of their 2006 and 2012 seasons, when they won this event.
Four Lower Mainland teams will also be part of the championship.
Team Forrest, from Vancouver and Richmond curling clubs, features Andrew Forrest, Becky Abbot, Dave Marchant and Allison DenToom. The Alan Roemer rink from Delta Thistle Curling Club includes third Lynda Roemer, second Bill Longmuir, lead Jorda Maisy and coach Marion McNeil. Richmond’s Team Shimizu, featuring Vic and Kelly Shimizu, Trevor Bakken and Laurie Schimizu are also on the roster. The final Lower Mainland team to qualify was Team Watson, representing Vancouver, Richmond and Delta. The team is skipped by Aaron Watson, who featured on the 2013 BC Men’s team who went to the Brier, and includes Jaime McLaren, Chris Chute and Heather Hansen.
A team from the North and a team from the Okanagan were successful in qualifying without having to play down.
Team Groundwater, from Williams Lake, with Simone Groundwater, Ryan Bailey, Laura Ball and Robert Gudbranson, will represent the North.
Team Longworth, from Vernon, with Mike Longworth, Morgayne Eby, Brian Roberts and Kristina Langs will represent the Okanagan.
the complete roster and draw times will be added in the coming days.
The BC Mixed Curling Championship first began in 1964 and was won by the Gil Moel rink from the Trail Curling Club. This event has hosted many of BC’s and Canada’s top curlers throughout its history. 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsay Sparkes, 2000 World Men’s Champion Bryan Miki, 2000 World Junior Men’s Champion Brad Kuhn, 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalists Georgina Wheatcroft and Diane Dezura and 2009 World Senior Champions, Pat Sanders & Roselyn Craig are just a few of the event’s past winners.