British Columbia’s young curling talent will be descending upon Parksville Curling Club  for the 2020 BC U18 Curling Championships. The final set of teams that will be competing in the event was determined at regional qualifiers this past weekend.

At the Lower Mainland playdowns at Mission Granite Curling Club, three girls’ teams qualified, Team Taylor – the U21 championship silver medalists from Tunnel Town, Team Bowles and Team Wong. There were also three boys’ teams that qualified, Team Reed, Team Ballard and Team Deane.

At Okanagan playdowns in Kelowna,  two girls teams from Kamloops qualified – Team Calhoun and Team Hafeli. The two Kamloops teams were also competitors at the U21 level. One boys’ team also  qualified in Kelowna – Team Antunes from Summerland/Penticton/Oliver/Kelowna.

Two Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland combination teams, Team Douglas (Gibsons/Duncan/Comox Valley/Parksville) and Team Richards (Comox Valley/Port Moody) secured the girls’ U18 berths at Vancouver Island playdowns at Comox Valley Curling Club. At the same playdowns, three boys’ teams won berths, Team Parkinson (Comox/Qualicum/Parksville), Team  Morrill (Parksville) and Team Curtis (Comox/Campbell River).

The two U18 teams to have earned their spots for the U18 championships at an open playdown in Kamloops in December were Team Tao (Richmond/Vancouver/Port Moody) and Team Buchy (Kimberley/Kelowna/Delta Thistle).

The 2020 BC U18 Curling Championships will be taking place from Mar. 17-22 at Parksville Curling Club on Vancouver Island.

The winners of the event will compete in Sudbury, Ont., at nationals. The Canadian championships are scheduled for April 21-26, and will be co-hosted by the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club and the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex


Full team rosters:




Team Buchy, Kimberley/Kelowna/Delta Thistle

Skip: Kaila Buchy

Third: Katelyn McGillivray

Second: Elizabeth Bowles

Lead: Sasha Wilson

Coach: Tom Buchy


Team Taylor, Tunnel Town/Royal City

Skip: Jensen Taylor

Third: Meredith Cole

Second: Keira McCoy

Lead: Chelsea Taylor

Coach: Christopher Summers


Team Bowles, Delta Thistle

Skip: Emily Bowles

Third: Ashley Mallett

Second: Gabby Brissette

Lead: Grace McCusker

Coach: Marla Mallett


Team Wong, Marpole/Langley/Chilliwack/Vancouver

Skip: Sarah Wong

Third: Tanis Short

Second: Naomi Britz

Lead: Amanda Wong

Coach: Ken Britz


Team Calhoun, Kamloops

Skip: Maeve Calhoun

Third: Neave Calhoun

Second: Kate Hancock

Lead: Kaitlyn Garrett

Coach: Lori Olsen


Team Hafeli, Kamloops

Skip: Holly Hafeli

Third: Jorja Kopytko

Second: Hannah O’Neil

Lead: Natalie Hafeli

Coach: Monica Makar


Team Douglas, Gibsons/Duncan/Comox/Parksville

Skip: Rebecca Douglas

Third: Chanelle Meeres

Second: Daleana Reintjes

Lead: Zoe Torgerson

Coach: Dave Douglas


Team Richards, Comox Valley/Port Moody

Skip: Gracelyn Richards

Third: Keelie Duncan

Second: Bryn Woloshyn

Lead: Kate Eisner

Fifth: Cailyn Collins

Coach: Adam Duncan




Team Tao, Richmond/Vancouver/Port Moody

Skip: Johnson Tao

Third: Toby Mills

Second: Connor Kent

Lead: Michael Nunn

Coach: Vic Shimizu


Team Antunes, Summerland/Penticton/Oliver/Kelowna

Skip: Tyler Antunes

Third: Zachary Kuechle

Second: Jacob Martin

Lead: Eric Waller

Fifth: Rhett St John

Coach: Glen Brennan


Team Reed, Golden Ears Winter Club

Skip: Thomas Reed

Third: Kazune Eugene Fei

Second: Adam Fenton

Lead: Matthew Fenton

Coach: Fuji Miki/Brad Fenton


Team Ballard, Langley

Skip: Preston Ballard

Third: Neil Imada

Second: Erick Dominiguez

Lead:Ryder Tymich

Fifth: Miles Reed

Coach: Cindy Wenzek


Team Deane, Tunnel Town/Nanaimo/Royal City/Vernon

Skip: Connor Deane

Third: Benjamin Morin

Second: Joshua Miki

Lead: Mack Ellis

Coach: Greg Deane


Team Parkinson, Comox/Qualicum/Parksville

Skip: Chris Parkinson

Third: Jackson Nowak

Second: Connor Litton

Lead: Christian Klein-Beekman

Coach: Bob Franklin


Team Morrill, Parksville

Skip: Michael Morrill

Third: Cole Pletz

Second: Isaac Brightland

Lead: Rowan Brightland

Coach: Rocky Morrill


Team Curtis, Comox/Campbell River

Skip: Greg Curtis

Third: Reuben Tiede

Second: Jesse Tiede

Lead: Henry Holland

Coach: Mark Taylor