Team Tardi, the 2018 World Junior gold medal-winning team, is among the individuals, teams and businesses that have been awarded one of the 2018 Curl BC Awards.
Awards Committee Co-Chairs George Horner and Terry Vandale said that the committee had a tough time deciding on just one winner for a few awards, as there were many deserving candidates. “We look forward to presenting the awards on June 16 at Fortius Sport & Health!”
Each year Curl BC celebrates and honours those who have made outstanding contributions to curling in BC through the Awards Banquet. This year the banquet will celebrate BC’s success on the national and international stage, the dedication of club volunteers and administrators towards growing curling in the province, the excellent work done by officials and coaches at competitive events, and more.
U21 Team of the Year – Team Tardi (Langley, Royal City)
Consisting of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Jordan Tardi, lead Zachary Curtis and coach Paul Tardi, this season Team Tardi repeated as the BC Junior Men’s champions and the Canadian Junior Men’s champions, ultimately returning to the World Junior Championship and winning the gold medal. Along with their incredible performances at the provincial, national and international levels, the members of Team Tardi regularly give back to aspiring youth curlers.
Adult Team of the Year – Team Brown (Kamloops)
Skip Corryn Brown’s team of third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Samantha Fisher had a successful season in U Sports competition, representing Thompson Rivers University and winning gold at the 2018 Western Canadian Championship and silver at the 2018 U Sports Championship. The team also won bronze at the 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Championship. With their graciousness and good sportsmanship, the members of Team Brown are great role models for other curlers.
50+ Team of the Year – Team Lepine (Langley, Cloverdale, Royal City, Penticton)
Consisting of skip Craig Lepine, third Neil Houston, second Craig McLeod and lead Kevin Jeannotte, Team Lepine won gold at the 2018 BC Masters Championship and silver at the 2018 Canadian Masters Championship. Craig Lepine and Craig McLeod also competed on the team that won the 2018 BC Senior Men’s Championship. Team Lepine regularly exhibits great sportsmanship both on and off the ice, continually setting an example for other curlers and acting as great promoters of the sport.
Anita Cochrane Award for Coach of the Year – Bryan Miki (Team Ballard)
Bryan coaches Team Ballard, the winners of the 2018 Optimist BC U18 Championship and the Canada Winter Games qualifier and the silver medalists at the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Championship. Team Ballard’s respect for the game and their peers is a direct reflection of the morals that Bryan instills in the team. Bryan was also recognized this season with the BC U18 Championship Coach Award and the Canadian U18 Championship Boys Coach Fair Play and Sportsmanship Awards.
Wally M’Lot Award for Official of the Year – Ted Anderson (Kelowna)
Ted Anderson was the Chief Umpire at this season’s BC Masters Championship and BC Senior Women’s Championship. He also officiated at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, as well as at other regional events and playdowns. Ted has been a great mentor to new officials, demonstrating patience, knowledge for the sport of curling, and a willingness to help. An approachable and well-liked individual, Ted is always striving to improve his own officiating skills and be an even better official.
Adaptive Curling Athlete of the Year – Bob MacDonald (Tunnel Town), Tracy Boyd (Langley)
Bob MacDonald has had a successful season playing third on Team Neighbour, winning gold at the 2018 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship and bronze at the 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship. Bob moved up to the position of third this season after previously playing second. Along with his experience on Team Neighbour, this season Bob has competed in the 55+ BC Games and in several different leagues at Tunnel Town Curling Club and Marpole Curling Club.
Tracy Boyd has only been curling for two years, but has been extremely dedicated to recruiting more wheelchair athletes to the sport of curling. Tracy regularly demonstrates great sportsmanship and is constantly working to improve her curling skills. She has also become a curling coach for the Special Olympics, has officiated at the BC Junior Championships, and has competed in the International Wheelchair Bonspiel Canadian Open and the BC Wheelchair Curling Championship.
Provincial Sponsor of the Year – Boston Pizza
Boston Pizza is one of Curl BC’s newest sponsors, coming on board this past season as the title sponsor of the BC Junior Championships. Boston Pizza has been enthusiastic in supporting curling in the province and provides benefits to Curl BC members at any of their 61 locations.
Regional Sponsor the Year – Sleeman Breweries
Sleeman Breweries has been a valued sponsor of the Nanaimo Curling Centre and its Sleeman Six Pack League since 2010. Sleeman has also been the title sponsor of three Nanaimo Curling Centre bonspiels. The benefits of this sponsorship have been numerous, and Nanaimo Curling Centre looks forward to working with Sleeman Breweries for many years.
Curling Centre of the Year – Enderby Curling Club
Enderby Curling Club hosted three events in a row this season, and the volunteer base that has supported the club in doing this is second to none. The club stepped up to host the BC Senior Women’s Championship as well as the BC Open Stick Curling Championship and the Okanagan Senior Regionals. With an eagerness to help host events, this club has demonstrated their dedication to curling in BC.
Club Volunteer of the Year – John Thiessen (Fraser Lake), Ron Kaneen (Nanaimo), Brenda McLellan (Salmon Arm)
John Thiessen is the volunteer head of Fraser Lake Curling Club’s ice maintenance team. While he has been involved in many aspects of the club for several years, John is now focused on spending hundreds of hours every year installing, maintaining, and removing ice. John has mentored other individuals in the area of ice maintenance and is constantly looking for innovative ways to improve the facility.
Ron Kaneen has been making invaluable contributions to Nanaimo Curling Centre for years. He has served on the club’s Board, assisted in developing their strategic plan and database, and coached various teams and clinics. He has been highly involved with the club’s Special Olympics program for the past 20 years, and his dedication to the participants in this program has been a pleasure for others to witness.
Brenda McLellan has contributed many hours of volunteer work to Salmon Arm Curling Club. This season she exhibited tremendous leadership in chairing the 2018 Optimist BC U18 Championship and showed great commitment towards making this event successful. Brenda was at the club for hours throughout the tournament and ensured that everything went smoothly.
Ron Houston Award for Administrator of the Year – Denise Wood (Nanaimo)
Denise will be retiring this year after over 20 years of service as the Manager of the Nanaimo Curling Centre. She will leave behind a legacy as a club builder and visionary and her hard work towards the betterment of the club – from administering programs and bookkeeping to securing grants and promoting curling in Nanaimo – has not gone unnoticed. Denise is driven by her passion for the sport and her reputation has prompted other administrators from across Canada to seek her advice.
Pat Kennedy Long Service Volunteer Award – Wayne Braun (Richmond)
Wayne has maintained Curl BC’s technical equipment for many years at the Richmond Curling Club in a corner of the club fondly referred to as “Wayne’s World.” During the curling season, Wayne ensures that all of the BC Championships have the necessary equipment. During the off season, he checks every piece of equipment to ensure that it is still operating. Wayne has provided an invaluable service to curling in BC by ensuring that Curl BC’s equipment is operating at peak performance.
Elsie MacKenzie Youth/Junior Curling Award – Donna Allan (Chilliwack)
Donna has volunteered at the Chilliwack Curling Club for several years, dedicating many hours towards organizing the Little Rockers camp and the junior clinic. The Little Rockers program has grown significantly since Donna has been involved. She takes care of volunteer recruitment, equipment, and the organization of the weekly instructional programs. Donna is a great mentor to and supporter of the children, parents, and other volunteers.
Judie Roberts Friendship Award – Mario Annicchiarico (Victoria)
Mario has been a huge supporter of curling in our province ever since he moved to BC over six years ago. As a writer for the Times Colonist, Mario treated curling fans to comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the sport. His interviews with local athletes have helped sports fans connect with curling, and the regular coverage he provided brought the sport into the spotlight on Vancouver Island. There is no doubt that Mario increased the profile of our sport during his time at the Times Colonist.
Janette Robbins Builder Award/Sport BC Presidents’ Award – Paul Addison, Peter Muir
Curl BC Chair Paul Addison has put in a tremendous amount of work at the local, provincial and national levels of curling governance. The first ever Curl BC Governor at Large, Paul‘s accomplishments include initiating the creation of a Member Engagement Committee. Paul also helped create the Glen Meadows Curling Association and grow competitive and novice curling at the club.
Curl BC Vice Chair Peter Muir has also served as a Governor at Large and as the Chair of Curl BC’s Finance and Audit Committee. He has contributed countless hours to assisting in the governance of Curl BC and clubs across the province. He has played a key role in helping facilities in their transition to the New Societies Act and continues to volunteer and curl at his local curling clubs.
The Sport BC Presidents’ Awards are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport in BC. Paul was named as a recipient of this award at the 2018 Sport BC Awards Gala. Peter’s name will be put forward to receive this award at the 2019 Sport BC Awards Gala.
The Awards Banquet will be taking place on Saturday June 16 at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby.