The inaugural BC U18 Curling Championships are set to begin in Nanaimo later this week.
The teams will be making history as they will be participating in the province’s first championships in this age category. The BC U18 Curling Championships, for curlers 17 and under as of June 30, 2016, take place at Nanaimo Curling Centre from Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.
These championships were previously for those 16 and under and it was called the Juvenile Curling Championships and the winners went to the Optimists International U18 Curling event (which featured teams from several provinces – but not all provinces – as well as places like the USA and Japan).
Now the provincial event is a U18 event and the BC winners will go on to compete in the first-ever Canadian U18 Curling Championships, featuring fourteen teams from all provinces and territories (including two from Ontario).
Among the competitors will be Tyler Tardi and Sterling Middleton, who recently represented Canada at the 2017 VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships (for curlers under the age of 21). Also on the roster is Sarah Daniels, a silver medalist at last year’s Canadian juniors.
Fans are being encouraged to wear red and white to cheer on their favourite teams as part of Nanaimo Curling Centre’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
The U18 girls’ event features Team Drexel, Team Daniels, Team Douglas, Team Richards, Team Hessel, Team Connor, Team Cotter and Team Schmidt.
The U18 boys’ event features Team Tardi, Team Sato, Team Silversides, Team Geiger, Team Brown, Team Love, Team Raber and Team Murray.
|Girls’ Team Name||Home curling club(s)||Skip||Third||Second||Lead||Fifth||Coach|
|Drexel||Coquitlam/Cloverdale/Chilliwack||Heather Drexel||Everly Royea||Bailey Burke||Madeline Britz||Al Smith/Ken Britz|
|Daniels||Delta Thistle||Sarah Daniels||Catera Park||Kim Bonneau||Sarah Loken||Katie Witt|
|Douglas||Parksville/Alberni Valley/Victoria||Rebecca Douglas||Julia Kresse||Libby Elliott||Michaela Morrill||Lauren Onushko||Dave Douglas|
|Richards||Comox Valley Curling Centre||Gracelyn Richards||Chanelle Meeres||Keelie Duncan||Bryn Woloshyn||Darren Richards/Adam Duncan|
|Hessel||Invermere and District Curling Centre||Kaitlyn Hessel||Alexa Von Niessen||Lily Flamand||Abigail Wells||Anna Stevens||Holly Jones|
|Connor||Prince George Golf and Curling Club||Carly Connor||Loreleo Guidos||Hannah Lindner||Jordan Henson||Doug Dalziel|
|Cotter||Vernon Curling Club||Jaelyn Cotter||Winter Harvey||Katelyn McGillivray||Cassidy Schwaerzle||Elijah Meixner||Jim Cotter|
|Schmidt||Winfield Curling Club||Clare Schmidt||Abby Otteson||Hunter Libke||Jaiden Lloyd||Dave McGarry|
|Boys’ Team Name||Home curling club(s)||Skip||Third||Second||Lead||Coach|
|Tardi||Langley/Victoria||Tyler Tardi||Sterling Middleton||Scott Gray||Derek Chandler||Paul Tardi|
|Sato||Cloverdale/Royal City/Coquitlam||Hayato Sato||Dawson Ballard||Troy Chong||Joshua Miki||Bryan Miki/Len Chong|
|Silversides||Victoria Curling Centre||Duncan Silversides||Zane Bartlett||Ryan Cassidy||Dennis Williams||Ken MacDonald|
|Geiger||Invermere and District Curling Centre||Matt Schiman||Tyler Powell||Jordan Geiger||Jacob Umbach||Joe Evanoff|
|Brown||Prince George Golf and Curling Club||James Brown||Alasdair Wilson||Tyler Slaney||Andrew Sherstan||Bill Fisher|
|Love||Vernon Curling Club||Thomas Love||Erik Colwell||Brendan Chapple||Logan Miron||Dean Chapple|
|Raber||Vernon/Salmon Arm||Adam Raber||Ben Morin||Andrew Colwell||Gray Simms||Dale Hofer|
|Murray||Kelowna/Kamloops||Ramsay Murray||Tyler Makar||Ewan Murray||Jaryn MacInnes||Monica Makar|
The winners of the U18 events will go on to compete at the first-ever national U18 event, which will take place in Moncton, New Brunswick, from April 17-22.
The format of the event is a modified round robin with pools.