Curl PEI Executive for 2017-2018 season

The 2017/18 Curl PEI Executive, as approved at the annual meeting last Thursday, includes:

President – Andrew Robinson

1st Vice President – Sandy Matheson,

2nd Vice President – Rod MacDonald

Treasurer – Michelle MacIntyre. 

The position of Secretary is vacant.

Free Adult Curling School/Open House, Daytime curling, New Member Reg. starts today at Cornwall

The ice is ready, and curling gets underway today at the Cornwall Curling Club. Their Daytime single-enttry curling (teams are made up each day as players arrive) starts at 10 this morning and goes Monday through Friday from 10 to noon. You don’t have to be a member to play in this league – daily drop-in rates are $10, or $80 for 10 drop-in tickets. They will also be accepting memberships each morning this week. The signup sheet is also up for Wednesday afternoon daytime team curling, with overflow on Wednesday mornings.

Their free, no-obligation adult Curling School and Open House runs Monday through Wednesday this week at 6:30 pm. Come any or all nights to learn to curl (there will be beginner and continuing classes each night). Bring clean sneakers and wear stretchy or loose pants and a light jacket and gloves. Loaner brooms and sliders are provided. Junior curlers receive instruction as part of their regular program.

New member registration for adults and juniors also happens from 6:30 to 8:30 Monday through Wednesday this week. Evening leagues start Monday Oct. 23rd.

PEI Curling – weekend wrapup

Curling is now getting into full swing on PEI, with Cornwall having ice ready for play, Charlottetown just a few days away, and Montague’s icemaking well underway. As well, the curling markings are on at the Eastern Kings Sportsplex in Souris, with Tuesday arena curling scheduled to start on November 7. The Crapaud Community Curling Club is having an Open House and learn to curl night on October 28th. 

Five new inductees have been named to the PEI Curling Hall of Fame, with the induction ceremony scheduled for Cornwall on Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm. 

On the international front, Korea’s Peter Gallant-coached EunJung Kim rink won the Paf Masters Women’s Curling Tour event in Aland Finland on Sunday, picking up eight thousand five hundred euros (approximately $12,500 Canadian), beating Shannon Kleibrink and her team 7-5 in the final.
Info at http://www.worldcurl.com/events.php?view=Main&eventid=4817

Photo: Peter Gallant and Team EunJung Kim

On the Atlantic curling scene, PEI’s Veronica Smith team, with Jane DiCarlo at third, Sabrina Smith at second, and lead Whitney Young, lost in the semi-finals at  the Capital Cup in Fredericton NB. They’re busy the next two weekends, too, competing at the Lady Monctonian in Moncton, NB, followed by the Dave Jones Spiel in Halifax, NS. Team Robyn MacPhee had the weekend off, but are also at the Lady Monctonian this coming weekend.

In Junior action, 28 teams from five provinces, including seven from PEI, were taking part in the CCE Maritime Junior Spiel at Curl Moncton. There was only one age category, so many of the younger teams were there mainly to gain competitive curling experience. The PEI women’s rinks were skipped by Lauren Ferguson, PEI Junior champ Lauren Lenentine, and PEI U13 champ Clara Jack, all out of Cornwall, plus a new Charlottetown rink skipped by Annika Kelly, with New Brunswick’s Cynthia Pearson, attending school on PEI, playing third, Annika’s sister Tati Kelly at second, and Meghan Ching playing lead.

The PEI  junior men’s rinks included the Mitchell Schut team out of Cornwall, the Chase MacMillan foursome from Charlottetown, and the Alex MacFadyen rink out of the Silver Fox in Summerside. Also at the event were reigning PEI Junior champ Tyler Smith, now playing third for the Liam Marin rink out of the Thistle St. Andrews club in Saint John NB, and Brooks Roche, who was on Tyler’s Junior championship team, and is now playing third for the Ryan Abraham rink out of the Halifax Mayflower club.

The Lenentine team went 3-0 in the round robin to advance to the semi-finals in the women’s division, losing a close 6-5 decision to Cally Moore of CFB Halifax, when Lenentine’s final rock was just a touch heavy. Lenentine  then played in the game to determine third and 4th place, again losing 6-5, to the Erica Cluff rink from the Woodstock and Thistle St. Andrews clubs in NB. Moore took on Kaitlyn Jones of Halifax in the championship game, with Jones winning 6-3.
PEI’s Kelly rink finished round robin play with a 2-1 record, losing their game against eventual winner Jones, and then took on Lenentine in the quarter-finals, losing 6-3.
Cornwall’s young Clara Jack team won their Consolation game 7-5 over Kate Paterson of the Carleton Curling Club in Saint John, to finish with a 1-3 win-loss record.
Their clubmates the Lauren Ferguson rink won two of their three round robin games, but lost 4-1 to Vanessa Roy of the host club  in their Consolation game to finish with an even 2-2 record.

The junior men’s event was won by the Owen Purcell rink from Chester NS, who defeated the Ryan Abraham foursome from the Halifax Mayflower club, which includes PEI’s Brooks Roche at third, by a 4-3 score in the championship game. The Marin rink, which includes Tyler Smith, lost 8-5 to Vincent Roberge from the Etchemin club in Quebec in their quarter-final game.

PEI’s MacFadyen rink beat the younger MacMillan team in their round robin encounter. Both teams recorded losses to event runner-up Abraham, and to third place finisher Roberge to go to their consolation games. MacFadyen won his 9-5 over Layton MacCabe from the host club. MacMillan lost his to Michael Donovan from Curl Moncton .
The Mitchell Schut team lost three fairly close round robin games, but went on to pick up a  7-1 win over Brennan LeBlanc of the host club in their consolation match.

Many of the teams of eligibility age for the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be competing in a warmup spiel this coming weekend at the Gage Curling Club in Oromocto NB. Also coming up is a U21 and Canada Games age spiel Nov. 3-5 in Saint John.

 

 

Souris Curling Club at Eastern Kings Sportsplex: Curling Begins Nov. 7

Curling begins Tuesday November 7th, at the Souris Curling Club, which has ice on Tuesdays at the Eastern Kings Sportsplex. Registration is Friday, October 20th from 5 to 7 pm and Saturday October 28, from 10 am to 12 noon at the Main Street Mall in Souris. Because of  an increase in ice times the cost is $200 for all returning curlers and $150 for new curlers and students.. You must be registered before going on the ice. Register early to avoid disappointment!

Montague’s 34th annual Curl for Cancer

Islanders are invited to join the 34th annual Curl for Cancer event in Montague. It’s an opportunity for both beginners and those with lots of curling experience to enjoy a social event while raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Montague event was started in the mid 80’s by Carole Kennedy, an avid curler, and has been going strong ever since.

Curling begins on Friday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. and continues all day Saturday, October 28th at the Montague Curling Club beginning at 10:00 a.m. Friday night will be the beginning of the silent auction and entertainment beginning at 9:00 p.m. Entertainment is free for all curlers and by donation for non-curlers.

Saturday will begin with the 3rd Annual Carol Sullivan Fun Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. starting at the Curling Club. Registration is $10. Curling draws begin at 10:00 a.m. Also during the day on Saturday there will be a cake auction, trivia, 50/50, draw to the button, a bake sale and the continuation of the silent auction. All events are open to the public. Come have some fun even if you are not curling at the event.

For more information or to register a team please contact Larry Richards (902) 838-2513 (902) 838-2513 montaguecurlingclub@pei.aibn.com or Robyn MacDonald (902) 626-6324  or visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Montaguecurlingrink/?fref=ts

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/events/pei/curl-for-cancer/curl-for-cancer-montague/?region=pe#ixzz4vQDCqPD9

PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum to induct five members on October 23

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame and Museum is set to host its eleventh annual induction ceremony on Monday October 23, 2017 at the Cornwall Curling Club in Cornwall, PEI.

Five inductees from the Charlottetown Curling Club, Mark Butler, Robert Campbell, Peter Gallant, Mark O’Rourke and Kathy O’Rourke, are being honoured for their achievements and contributions to the sport of curling: 

Each of the inductees has excelled in their sport:

Mark Butler

Mark Butler has had a stellar career as a competitor with one provincial junior curling championship, six provincial men’s curling championships and eight PEI Mixed Curling Championships. Mark will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

Robert Campbell

A curling career that began more than 35 years ago has seen Robert achieve one provincial Junior Men’s Curling Championship, eight provincial Men’s Curling Championships, three provincial Mixed and two Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, as well as several all-star awards at national events throughout the years — an impressive career worthy of induction into the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

Peter Gallant

Peter Gallant’s curling career has taken him from PEI and Canadian competitions to those on international ice. Outstanding as a curler and a coach, Peter has nine Provincial Men’s curling championships, four Provincial Mixed, a Canadian Mixed title where he posted an 11 -1 record; and one provincial Senior Men’s title, during a 28-year curling career.  At national events, he won several all-star awards as a curler. He has considerable coaching experience, having coached some of the best teams in the world, and his success coaching South Korea’s Team EunJung Kim as they prepare for the Olympics indicates that this part of his story is not over yet.  Peter will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler/builder.

Kathy O’Rourke

Kathy O’Rourke has excelled as a curler in Women’s and Mixed competition.  In all, Kathy has six PEI Women’s Curling Championships, three PEI Mixed Curling Championships, and one Canadian Mixed Curling Championship. Two silver medal wins at Canadian Curling Championship events – one at the Scotties and one at the mixed – as well as nine provincial runners-up placings are also part of her incredible curling career. Kathy will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

Mark O’Rourke

Mark O’Rourke been a strong competitor for more than 40 years, with an impressive tally of wins, with one provincial Junior Men’s Curling Championship, ten PEI Men’s Curling Championships, two provincial Senior Men’s, three provincial Mixed, and one Canadian Mixed curling title. Mark has shown that he is one of the most talented and most-winning curlers to come out of Prince Edward Island. Mark will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

 “Recognizing the accomplishments of curlers and builders who have dedicated their time and energy to the sport of curling is important, not only to them and their families and friends, but it is also an important component of our curling history”, says Jerry Muzika, Chairman of the PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum. Muzika notes that this is the eleventh annual induction ceremony, and he invites everyone to come out and honour the inductees.

Curling Canada Board of Governors member Angela Hodgson says that she is very pleased that the PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum is continuing its work to recognize curlers and builders, and looks forward to attending the event.

The main objectives of the Curling Hall of Fame and Museum are to recognize, honour and pay tribute to individuals or teams on the basis of playing ability, as an amateur or a professional (“Curler” category), and to individuals who have given distinguished service and have made major contributions to the development of curling on Prince Edward Island (“Builder” category).

The event, with host Paul H. Schurman, gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door.

This year’s ceremony is sponsored by PEI Ford Dealers, Beaton’s Wholesale Dry Goods, Consolidated Credit Union Ltd., Phillips Feed Service, and the Town of Cornwall.

Here are the full biographies of the inductees:

Mark Butler

Photo: Mark Butler

Mark started to curl at the Charlottetown Curling Club at an early age and soon was active competing for provincial championship titles.  

In 1984, he won the Prince Edward Island Junior Men’s Curling Championship playing third with skip Alan Brown, second Mike Dillon, and lead Phillip Gorveatt.

Mark won six Prince Edward Island Men’s Curling Championships. The first was in 1991, with skip Robert Campbell, third Peter Gallant, second Mark O’Rourke, with Mark playing at lead stone.

With the same team lineup as in 1991, Mark won again in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999.

His last win was in 2001, playing lead for skip Peter MacDonald, third Peter Gallant, and second Mark O’Rourke.

He was runner-up in 2016.

Mark won eight Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championships, all with skip John Likely and third Susan McInnis, with Mark at the second stone position each time.  Gail MacNeil played lead twice in 1991, due to the change in the provincials play downs, and again in 1992, 1993 and 1996. In 1999, Nancy Cameron replaced Gail at lead.  In 2000, Krista Cameron replaced Nancy, but in 2001, Nancy Cameron came back to play the lead position.  

With a stellar career as a competitor with one provincial Junior curling championship, six provincial Men’s curling championships and eight PEI Mixed Curling Championships, Mark Butler will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

Robert Campbell

Photo: Robert Campbell

Robert started his curling career at the Charlottetown Curling Club in 1980.  Soon after, he was competing at the provincial level.

Robert won the Prince Edward Island Junior Men’s Curling Championship in 1985 playing third for skip Kent Scales, with Andy MacDonald at second and Phillip Gorveatt at lead. The Scales foursome lost the final of the Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championship to Kevin Martin, however all four members of the Prince Edward Island rink were named to the All-Star team. The Scales foursome was also named 1985 Sport PEI Team of the Year.

Robert won eight Prince Edward Island Men’s Curling Championships. His first trip to the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship was in 1991, skipping his team of third Peter Gallant, second Mark O’Rourke, and lead Mark Butler. As a rookie skip at the Brier, Robert and his team achieved a winning record of 6-5.

He won the provincial Men’s title in 1993, 1995, 1997, and in 1999 with the same team. Notably, in 1995, the team finished round robin play at the nationals with a 7-4 record.

Playing third for John Likely in 2002 brought another provincial men’s curling title to Robert. Erik Brodersen at second stone and Jeff Smith at lead rounded out the team.

In 2003 he picked up another Tankard win as he skipped his team of Kevin Champion at third, Phillip Gorveatt at second, and Mike Dillon at lead.

In 2007, Robert played lead for Peter Gallant when they won the Prince Edward Island Men’s Curling Championship. Playing third was Kevin Champion, and second was Mark O’Rourke.

Robert won the Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship in 1989, skipping the team of third Angela Roberts, second Mark O’Rourke, and lead Kathy O’Rourke. They went on to win the 1989 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships in Brandon, Manitoba. Robert was named to the All-Star team (skip). The Campbell foursome was nominated for Sport PEI Team of the Year.

Twenty-one years later, in 2010, he again won the Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship and went on to a second Canadian Mixed Curling Championship title at the 2011 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships held, again in Manitoba. Robert skipped his team of third Rebecca Jean MacDonald (née MacPhee), second Robbie Doherty, and lead Jackie Reid. Robert was again, named to the All-Star team (skip). The Campbell foursome was nominated for Sport PEI Team of the Year.

Robert and Rebecca Jean then represented Canada at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota where they went 4-3 before losing their second tie-breaker game.

In 2013, Robert won the Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship and made a third trip to the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, to Quebec in 2014, skipping the same team of Rebecca Jean MacDonald, Robbie Doherty and Jackie Reid.

He was runner up in the Prince Edward Island Men’s Curling Championship twice, once in 1990 (playing third for Peter Gallant) and again in 2010 (as skip).

In 1991 and 1992, he was runner up in the finals of the McCain SuperSpiel . Ed Werenich beat him in 1991, and Russ Howard beat him in 1992. The Campbell rink finally broke through in 1996, winning the McCain SuperSpiel East against Don Westphal.

Robert was fifth player at the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship twice, first in 2001 (with the Peter MacDonald rink) and again in 2015 (with the Adam Casey rink). 

In addition to Robert’s on-ice curling achievements, he has also served on the Board of Directors at the Charlottetown Curling Club. He has helped coach several teams over the years and has volunteered his time for many curling clinics that have been held at the club.

A curling career that began more than 35 years ago has seen Robert achieve one provincial Junior men’s, eight provincial men’s, three provincial mixed and two Canadian Mixed Curling Championships. It is interesting to note that Robert played all positions except second. 

Robert’s stellar career is certainly worthy of induction into the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

Peter Gallant

Photo: Peter Gallant

Peter started to curl at the Charlottetown Curling Club in 1971, while attending Birchwood Junior High School.  This was the beginning of a curling career that has taken him from local and Canadian competitions to those on international ice.

Peter won his first Prince Edward Island Men’s Curling Championship in 1982, playing second with skip Peter Jenkins, third Doug Weeks, and lead Roy Rodd.

His second win came in 1991 with skip Robert Campbell, Peter, at third, Mark O’Rourke at second, and Mark Butler as lead.

The same lineup won the provincial championship again in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. At the 1995 Canadian Men’s Curling Championship in Halifax, Peter won the award for all-star third.

In 2001, again at the third position, Peter was in the winner’s circle with Peter MacDonald skipping, Mark O’ Rourke at second, and Mark Butler at lead.

His next win was in 2007, when he threw skip rocks for the team, with Kevin Champion at third, Mark O’Rourke at second, and lead Robert Campbell.

His ninth provincial men’s curling championship was won in 2008, skipping his own team of Kevin Champion at third, Mark O’Rourke at second and John Desrosiers at lead.

Peter won four Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championships. His first was in 1982 playing second for Bill Merklinger. Other team members were Kim McLeod at third, and lead Kathie Gallant. They finished third at the Canadian Mixed Championship in Timmins Ontario.

He won the Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship in 1986, with Kathie Gallant at third, Barrie Stevenson at second, and lead Marion MacAulay.

In 1987, skipping his team of third Kathie Gallant, second Phillip Gorveatt, and lead Simone MacKenzie, he again won the Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship.  The team went on to win the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship held in Summerside, posting an 11 and 1 record. Peter received the all-star skip award.

 His fourth Mixed win was in 1991, skipping the team, with Kathie Gallant at third, Phillip Gorveatt at second, and Leslie Allen at lead.

Peter also won a Provincial Senior Men’s Curling Championship in 2010, playing third for skip Rod MacDonald. Peter MacDonald was the second and Doug MacGregor played lead. Peter won the second team all-star third award at the Nationals.

As well as impressive curling accomplishments as a player, coaching has played a large part of Peter’s involvement with the game.

Peter coached his son Brett Gallant’s team, when they won the Prince Edward Island Junior Men’s Curling Championship in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the team went on the win the Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championship in Salmon Arm, B.C. They went on to be the Silver Medalists at the Worlds Junior Men’s Curling Championship in Vancouver.

Peter coached his son Christopher at the Canadian Junior Championship in Napanee, Ontario in 2012 after winning the PEI Junior Championship that year.

He coached Suzanne Birt’s team in 2013 and 2015 when they won the Prince Edward Island Women’s Curling Championship.

He also coached  Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith rink at the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Montreal in 2014.

Peter coached the Mike Gaudet team at the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship in 2012 and also coached the Brad Gushue team at the Brier in 2013 and 2014.

He coached the Tyler Smith rink, which included Peter’s son Christopher, to their championship win at the 2017 Prince Edward Island Junior Men’s Curling Championship in Montague.

In the winter of 2016, Peter joined Team EunJung Kim in South Korea as their coach.  Since then, the team has gone on to win the 2016 Korean National Championship, and the 2017 Pacific Asia Championship, which enabled them to play at the 2017 World Women’s Championship in Beijing. As well, the team was successful in winning the 2017 Korean National Championship, giving them the right to represent Korea at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Peter is currently working with the team in preparation for the Olympic games in February.

Outstanding as a curler and a coach, Peter has won nine Provincial Men’s curling championships, four Provincial Mixed, a Canadian Mixed, and one Senior Men’s title during a 28-year curling career.  He has considerable coaching experience, having coached some of the best teams in the world and his success in South Korea indicates that this part of his story is not quite yet over.

Peter will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler/builder.

Photo: Kathy and Mark O’Rourke

Kathy O’Rourke

Kathy started to curl in Summerside during her junior and senior high school years.  In 1987, she moved to Charlottetown and joined the Charlottetown Curling Club. This began a successful journey on the road to curling success, where she excelled as a curler in women’s and mixed competition. 

She won her first Prince Edward Island Women’s Curling Championship in 1989, playing second stone with skip Kathie Gallant, third Susan McInnis, and lead Beatrice Graham-MacDonald.

In 1991 Kathy won her second provincial title, playing third with skip Angela Roberts, second Susan McCurdy, and lead stone Beatrice Graham-MacDonald.

Her next win came in 1996, when Kathy played third for skip Susan McInnis.  Tricia MacGregor was at the second position, and the lead was Leslie MacDougall (née Allan).

In 1999, she again won, this time with a new team.  Playing second for skip Rebecca Jean MacPhee, with Kim Dolan at third, and Lou Ann Henry at lead.

Skipping her own team in 2002, Kathy again won the Prince Edward Island Ladies Championship with third Julie Scales, second Lori Robinson, and lead Bea Graham- MacDonald.    

In 2010, Kathy skipped her team of third Erin Carmody, second Geri-Lynn Ramsay, and lead Tricia Affleck (née MacGregor) to the final game of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Championship in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, losing to Jennifer Jones in a close game.  Their silver medal win stands as the best showing of a team from Prince Edward Island at the Canadian Women’s Championship since Marie Toole placed second at the 1974 MacDonald Lassie in Victoria BC.

Kathy won her first Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship in 1989, playing lead with skip Robert Campbell, third Angela Roberts, with her husband Mark at second.  They went on to win the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Brandon Manitoba.

In 1999, playing third with her brother Peter MacDonald, husband Mark at second and lead Karen A. MacDonald, the team won the Silver medal at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship.

With Kathy playing third, the family group of her brother Rod MacDonald skipping the team, husband Mark at second, and Rod’s wife Karen E. MacDonald, at lead, they won the Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship in 2013.

As well as the championship wins, Kathy amassed runners-up finishes in 1993, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015.

Kathy is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including Curl PEI Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2010 and Sport PEI Team of the Year member in 2010.

She served as the Treasurer of the Charlottetown Curling Club from 1994 to 1996; was a member of the Finance Committee for the 1999 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship, held in Charlottetown; and provided CBC Live update reporting at the 2011 Canadian Scotties held in Charlottetown.  She is also a Certified Level 1 Coach.

In all, Kathy has to her credit: six PEI Women’s Curling Championships, three PEI Mixed Curling Championships, and one Canadian Mixed Curling Championship.

Kathy will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

Mark O’Rourke

Mark started to curl when he was 12 years oldm in 1974 at the Charlottetown Curling Club. He has continued to be a strong competitor for more than 40 years.

In 1981, Mark, playing lead, won the Prince Edward Island Junior Men’s Curling Championship, with skip Doug Weeks, third Blair Weeks, and second Billy Dillon. 

Mark won ten Prince Edward Island Men’s Curling Championships, with the first in 1991, when he played second stone for skip Robert Campbell, with Peter Gallant at third, and Mark Butler filling the lead spot.

This same team won again in 1993,1995, 1997, and 1999.

Another win in 2001, brother-in-law Peter MacDonald skipped the team with Peter Gallant at third, Mark at second, and Mark Butler at lead.  

In 2007, with a different lineup of players, but still playing second, he won with skip Peter Gallant, third Kevin Champion, and Robert Campbell at lead. They repeated again in 2008, with the same team, except that John Desrosiers played lead instead of Robert Campbell.

In 2009, again with a slightly different roster, he won playing lead with skip Rod MacDonald, (another brother-in-law) third Kevin Champion, and second Andrew Robinson.

In 2010, Marj won with the same team, but returned to his familiar position as second stone, while Andrew played lead.

Mark was Tankard runner-up seven times, the first in 1990 and the last in 2016.

Mark won three Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championships. His first was in 1989, with skip Robert Campbell, third Angela Roberts, Mark at second, and his wife Kathy O’Rourke at lead. They went on to win the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship.

In 1998, the family team of skip Peter MacDonald, third Kathy O’Rourke, Mark at second, and lead Karen A. MacDonald won the provincial mixed title.

His most recent Prince Edward Island Mixed Curling Championship victory was in 2013, again with a family team of skip Rod MacDonald, third Kathy O’Rourke, Mark at second, and lead Karen E MacDonald.

Mark won the Prince Edward Island Senior Men’s Curling Championship in 2013, with skip Rod MacDonald, third John Likely, Mark at second, and lead Peter MacDonald.  At the Canadian event in Summerside, Mark was selected to the all-star team in the second position.

His second PEI Senior Men’s Curling Championship was won in 2016 with Rod MacDonald skipping, Kevin Champion at third, Mark at second and Mark Butler at lead.

Mark also had good success on the Atlantic Curling Tour. The highlight was winning the McCain SuperSpiel East in 1996 with Robert Campbell, Peter Gallant and Mark Butler, and going on to play in the TSN Skins Game.

As well as a stellar curling record, Mark served on the executive of the 1999 National Scott Tournament of Hearts Committee, held in Charlottetown, as Vice Chair. He was also vice president of the Charlottetown Curling Club in 1994, and president in 1995.

He was a member of the Rod MacDonald-skipped Curl PEI team of the year for the 2012/13 season.

Mark is a valued ten-year sponsor of the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame and Museum.

An impressive tally of wins, with one provincial Junior Men’s, ten provincial Men’s, two PEI Senior Men’s, three Mixed, and one Canadian Mixed title, Mark has shown that he is one of the most talented and most-winning curlers to come out of Prince Edward Island.

 Mark will be inducted into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame as a curler.

Behind the Scenes session on Concussions 101

A session on “Concussions 101 – What is a concussion and how to properly manage athletes that get one”, with Colin Moore, will be held on Thursday October 12, 2017 at The House of Sport, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, Room 149 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Registration is $10. 

Minimum number of attendees required: 8 Maximum: 25
You MUST pre-register . If the numbers are not confirmed two days prior, the workshop will be cancelled. To register: Email: sports@sportpei.pe.ca Phone: 902-368-4110

Info:

There is an inherent risk for injury in any sport. While we can’t entirely prevent concussions, research shows that receiving a second concussion prior to full recovery of the first can potentially lead to long-term complications. Therefore, it’s crucial that we help players make a full symptomatic and metabolic (or brain) recovery before they return to play.

Concussions 101 – Colin Moore
Colin Moore is a physiotherapist who has been working with sport teams for the last twenty years. He has worked as a physiotherapist at over a half dozen international events and world championships including Pan Am Games, World Figure Skating Championships, World Junior Track and Field Championships and international soccer tournaments. He was the head therapist at the 2009 Canada Games and has organized and worked at countless national sporting competitions. Presently he owns and operates Sports Centre Physiotherapy and is the head therapist for the Holland College Athletic program and the Island Storm basketball team. He recently received his Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

PEI’s Brett Gallant in Men of Curling Calendar, raising funds for KidSport PEI (The Curling News)

TORONTO, CANADA – The Men of Curling are back, modelling their high-performance physiques in a new, high-quality 2018 wall calendar featuring 15 athlete models representing five countries.

Each athlete’s photography was designed and shot according to his own specifications, in conjunction with a volunteer photographer from his community. In addition to online sales, each athlete will also be selling units to raise funds for a charity or cause he has personally selected.

“I was honoured to get the call and I’m thrilled to raise money for two amazing causes,” said Team Kevin Koe third Marc Kennedy, a two-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist whose image adorns the 2018 cover. “This is all about dedication and desire and these are things we all share as athletes; but we are also people who want to help make a difference to the lives of others.”

Photo: Marc Kennedy on the cover of the 2018 Men of Curling Calendar 

Kennedy, whose team placed second at a World Curling Tour event in Edmonton yesterday, is raising money for two causes: the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Simply Supper Helps, an Edmonton community outreach group.

The calendars are on sale now at menofcurling.com for CDN $29.95 (U.S. $34.95). Free shipping is also available to curling facilities that wish to sell the product to their members.

No less than seven of the eight featured Canadian athletes will battle in December for the right to represent Canada at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Of the remaining seven international athletes in the calendar, one has been confirmed to represent Great Britain in Korea; two will compete in their national (U.S. and Swiss) Olympic trials, and Team Ulsrud – the first full team of athletes to appear together in a curling fundraising calendar – will either be appointed to represent Norway in Korea or will face a domestic playoff series depending on results at next month’s European Championships.

The calendar also features colour-coded event listing mapping the full 2018 year of curling championships, tour events, development camps and other notable occasions.

The 2018 Men of Curling and their charitable causes are:

Brett Gallant – Team Brad Gushue – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada – raising funds for KidSport PEI (kidsportcanada.ca)

Braeden Moskowy – Team Reid Carruthers – Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada – raising funds for the Sansdra Schmirler Foundation (sandraschmirler.org)

Tyrel Griffith – Team John Morris – Kelowna/Vernon, British Columbia, Canada – raising funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (bcchf.ca)

Kirk Muyres – Team Steve Laycock – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – raising funds for Mental Health in Agriculture (1-800-667-4442)

Chris Plys – Team Heath McCormick – Blaine, Minnesota, USA – raising funds for Project Joy (facebook.com/projectjoynorthland)

Ryan Fry – Team Brad Jacobs – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada – raising funds for the Capital Projects Fund of the Community First Curling Centre (communityfirst.curling-club.ca)

Ryan Harnden – Team Brad Jacobs – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada – raising funds for the Capital Projects Fund of the Community First Curling Centre (communityfirst.curling-club.ca)

Benoît Schwarz – Team Peter de Cruz – Geneva, Switzerland – raising funds for the Greenhope Foundation (greenhope.ch)

Colin Hodgson – Team Reid Carruthers – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – raising funds for the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation (facebook.com/SmilesThruLindsey)

Marc Kennedy – Team Kevin Koe – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (cbcf.org) and Simply Supper Helps (simplysupper.ca/helps)

Kyle Smith – Team Kyle Smith – Perth, Scotland – raising funds for Parkinson’s UK (parkinsons.org.uk)

Team Thomas Ulsrud – Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson – Oslo, Norway – raising funds for Right To Play (righttoplay.com)

The 2018 Men of Curling Calendar is a co-production of The Community Fundraiser and The Curling News. Additional fundraising revenues will be directed to the Curling Canada Foundation.

Click to read at The Curling News.

 

Reminder of Curl PEI AGM on Thursday. Draft ch’ship sites/dates

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Curl PEI will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the House of Sport (40 Enman Cres., Charlottetown).

Each Member Club is entitled to identify one delegate to vote at this meeting.  

Curl PEI
AGM Agenda
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Item I – Roll Call, and report on credentials
Item II – Recognize Curlers Deceased during the year
Item III – Minutes of the 2016 AGM
Item IV – Business Arising Minutes
Item V – President’s Report
Item VI – Treasurer’s Report
Item VII – Other Reports
Item VII – Correspondence
Item IX – Business arising from correspondence
Item X – Consideration of Resolutions
Items XI -Announcement of sites and dates of Bonspiels
Item XII  -Election of Officers and Directors
Item XIII -Appointment of Auditors
Item XIV – Introduction of New President
Item XV – New Business
Item XVI  -Adjournment

Subject to change, here are the draft 2017-18 Curl PEI Championship Event Dates and Locations. The approved dates and locations will be announced at the AGM.

PEI Juniors (U21) – December 27-31, 2017 at the Maple Leaf Curling Club
PEI Scotties & Tankard – January 3-9, 2018 at Cornwall Curling Club
PEI Masters – January 26-30, 2018 at Charlottetown Curling Club
PEI Canada Games Trials – February 2-4, 2018 at Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club
PEI Stick – February 6-8, 2018 at Western Community Curling Club
PEI Mixed Doubles – February 9-11, 2018 at Charlottetown Curling Club
PEI Seniors – February 9-13, 2018 at Crapaud Curling Club
PEI U18 – February 16-20, 2018 at Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club
PEI Mixed (4 person) – February 23-27, 2018 at Western Community Curling Club
PEI U16 – March 2-4, 2018 at Montague Curling Club
PEI Travelers – March 9-13, 2018 at Montague Curling Club
PEI U13 – March 16-18, 2018 at Cornwall Curling Club
PEI Little Rocks Jamboree – March 24, 2018 at Maple Leaf Curling Club

Gushue, Tippin stay perfect to take Stu Sells Toronto Tankard, MacPhee finishes at 2-2 (Sportsnet)

TORONTO (by Jonathan Brazeau)— Team Gushue successfully retained the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard and this time actually won it with their skip in the lineup.

The St. John’s, N.L. club claimed the title a year ago without Brad Gushue, who was on the injured reserve due to a hip/groin issue. Third Mark Nichols moved up to the skip role with Adam Spencer subbing at vice duties (second [and P.E.I. native] Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker remained in their front-end positions).

With Gushue back in business this time, the reigning world champions went on another 6-0 run in the World Curling Tour men’s event capped with a 4-2 win over Team Maus in Monday night’s final at the High Park Club.

“It’s nice to actually win so the guys can’t hold it over my head that I haven’t won this one before,” Gushue said with a laugh. “It was a good week. We played well. We got some good breaks, I’m not going to lie. We had some timely misses from other teams, but any time you can get a win is good. It’s definitely something to build off of.”

It’s the third World Curling Tour title through four events for Gushue following the team’s victory at the Swiss Cup Basel overseas last weekend and the Tour Challenge Tier 1 at the start of September in Regina. Still, Gushue believes the team can improve from here, especially as they anticipate they’ll finally have ice soon back home in St. John’s.

A key stretch of the season is on the horizon for Team Gushue with two major Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournaments coming up — the Masters in Lloydminster, Sask., and the Boost National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. — plus the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials fast approaching in December.

 

Meanwhile, Woodstock’s Team Tippin also posted a perfect record on the women’s side going 7-0 and wrapping things up with a 5-2 win over Team Cadorin of Thornhill in an all-Ontario final.

[PEI’s Robyn MacPhee team finished round robin play with a 2-2 win-loss record, just out of the playoffs.]

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“Actually all today we’ve had really close games right down to the last rock of the extra ends,” said skip Julie Tippin, who is ranked 20th in the Order of Merit and holds a spot in the Olympic pre-trials [to be held in Summerside P.E.I.]. “All the teams are great here and we’re happy to get in such a good day of curling.”

 

Click for full story at Sportsnet.

 

MacPhee finishes play at Stu Sells Toronto with 2-2 record, Gushue advances to Men’s Quarters


The men’s and women’s quarter-finals both go at 8 and 10:30 this morning (some games at each time), with the semis at 2 pm and the finals at 5 (all times Eastern), as the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard wraps up at the High Park Curling Club. PEI’s Robyn MacPhee team finished round robin play with a 2-2 win-loss record, just out of the playoffs. Defending champion Sherry Middaugh also finished out of the playoffs, also at 2-2.

The Brad Gushue rink, which includes PEI’s Brett Gallant, are undefeated, and have made the men’s quarters. The team, playing without Gushue last year, are the defending champs.

Event website: http://www.worldcurl.com/events.php?view=Main&eventid=4782#

5 Fun Facts about PEI’s team at the Canadian Mixed in November (Curling Canada)

(by Jean Mills) The 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship presented by Westman Communications Group heads to Swan River, Man., November 12-13 2017. As our Provincial and Territorial champions prepare to compete for the 55th national Mixed title, we asked them to share five “fun facts” about their team.

Photo (L-R): Dennis Watts (skip), Jaclyn Reid (third), Erik Brodersen (second), Alison Griffin (lead).

This week we’ll hear from Team Prince Edward Island, representing the Charlottetown and Western curling clubs: Dennis Watts (skip), Jaclyn Reid (third), Erik Brodersen (second) and Alison Griffin (lead).

Fun Fact #1

Legendary curler Doug MacGregor will be the team’s fifth player. Doug will be on call and will jump in his 1999 Toyota prop plane to fly to Swan River if needed.

Fun Fact #2

Dennis has a deep love for unicorns and according to legend has one tattooed on his inner thigh.

Fun Fact #3

We hope beverages will be allowed on the bus ride to Swan River from Winnipeg or there might be some very unhappy curlers.

Fun Fact #4

Erik has been trying to quit curling for seven years now but his wife keeps making him go.

Fun Fact #5

Two-time Canadian Mixed Curling Champion Robert Campbell declined the chance to coach this awesome team… your loss, Robert!

To read the “Five Fun Facts” about other teams competing at the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship presented by Westman Communications Group in Swan River, Man., continue to visit the event website, here.

Click to read this story at Curling Canada’s website.

CCE Youth Spiel and Canada Games Mini-Devt Camp at Curl Moncton

A CCE Youth Spiel and Canada Games Mini Development Camp will take place Friday – Sunday, December 8 – 10, 2017 at Curl Moncton, 80 Lockhart Avenue, Moncton, NB.
REGISTER online: nbcurlingregistration.com
Registration deadline: November 24, 2017
For more information:
Kevin Kyle at Kevin.kyle@bluespurs.com.
Entry Fee ** $200 per team **
Two divisions:
U15 (may include U 12 teams), and Canada Games (Born on or after July 1, 2000)
Mini development camp to be organized by the NBCA Canada Games 2019 Selection Committee.

It’s almost time to curl on PEI!

Island curling clubs are busy getting ready for the season, with the Charlottetown Curling Complex set to be the first with ice. Icemaker Larry Richards took this photo last last night – the base coats are on and the ice has now been painted white. After a few floods, lines, circles and sponsor logos will be added, followed by additional floods, and it will be time to curl.

They are planning to have the ice ready to go by October 10th, with league play beginning on the 22nd .

Team MacPhee begins their curling season this weekend in Toronto

PEI’s reigning provincial women’s curling champs, the Robyn MacPhee rink, begin their 2017/2018 curling season on Friday at the $16,000 total purse, 18 team Stu Sells Toronto Tankard. Live results will be available at: www.worldcurl.com/events.php?view=Scores&eventid=4783# Other events on their schedule include … Continue reading

After ‘devastating’ year, Crapaud Curling Club back on solid ice (CBC PEI)

Club sees its future not just as a curling venue, but as a community centre By Tom Steepe, CBC News The Crapaud Curling Club is set to re-open this fall with new optimism, new ice-making equipment and — hopefully — new members. … Continue reading

Crapaud season startup: Early Reg. Oct 20, Learn to Curl Oct. 28, Curling start Nov. 6

The Crapaud Community Curling Club is looking forward to getting back on the ice and having a successful year. They will be having Early Registration on October 20th at 7 pm. The early bird discount will be available until November 5th for those unable to … Continue reading

Islanders made the playoffs in Halifax U21 Spiel

It was a good weekend for PEI Junior curlers at the Under 21 Nautilus Slam at CFB Halifax. The Lauren Lenentine rink from the Cornwall Curling Club made it to the semi-final round, losing 5-3 to event winner Team Comeau … Continue reading

Saint John Bonspiel has U21 and Canada Winter Games Divisions

2017 TSA U21 & 2019 Canada Winter Games age Junior Curling Bonspiel Age limit:            U21 – All curlers must have been born on July 1, 1996 or later.                                               CWG – All curlers must have been born on July 1, … Continue reading

Team Lenentine advances to quarter-finals in Nautilus U21 Slam at CFB Halifax

Team Lenentine from the Cornwall Curling Club, the only PEI  rink competing in this weekend’s Nautilus Junior Slam U21 Series at the CFB Halifax Curling Club, finished women’s division round robin play on Saturday evening in second place, with a … Continue reading

Final Reminder: PEI Curling Hall of Fame student bursary deadline is Sept. 30

This is a final reminder that the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is offering four annual bursaries, for a total amount of $3000, with $1000 and $500 awarded annually to junior female curlers, and an equal amount to … Continue reading

Summerside Road to the Roar Pre-Trials Teams in Fine Form with Weekend Triumphs (Curling Canada)

The Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings is the most anticipated event of this curling season. All the qualified teams have planned their seasons with the hope that they peak at just the right time, and earn the right to represent Canada … Continue reading

Canada Games-age Girls’ team seeking coach

A junior girls’ team in the Charlottetown/Cornwall area is in need of a coach for the 2017-18 season. This is a new team of experienced players who are of 2019 Canada Games eligible age (born July 1, 2000 or later). If … Continue reading

Live it Live with tickets for the Road to the Roar in Summerside

Home Hardware Road to the Roar tickets: See some of Canada’s best, including PEI native Adam Casey, battle at Summerside’s Credit Union Place, for their shot at becoming Team Canada.  Single Draw & Day passes, as well as Full Event passes, … Continue reading

Charlottetown Curling Club hiring manager

Charlottetown Curling Club Manager Responsibilities • Solicit and secure advertising revenue and booking revenue; • Arrange bookings of both ice and facility; • Report to the Board on any funding opportunities; • Provide support to, and advise the Charlottetown Curling … Continue reading

Team Lenentine competing in Nautilus U21 Slam this weekend at CFB Halifax

Team Lenentine from the Cornwall Curling Club will be the only rink from PEI competing this weekend in the Nautilus Junior Slam U21 Series at the CFB Halifax Curling Club, starting on Friday, with finals Sunday afternoon.  Winners are invited to the Junior Slam … Continue reading

Two PEI Canada Games-age teams have good results at Halifax spiel

  Two Cornwall Curling Club teams, both looking to represent PEI in the 2019 Canada Winter Games, had good finishes against their Nova Scotia peers at the Harvest Spiel, which wrapped up this afternoon at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax Nova … Continue reading

Silver Fox season startup info

The ice plant starts up on Oct. 18th as another curling season gets underway at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht entertainment complex in Summerside, with the Sunday Commercial League hitting the ice on Oct. 29. Open Houses are scheduled … Continue reading

Q and A with PEI Travelers Women’s Team (Curling Canada)

(by Jean Mills) The 2017 Travelers Curling Club Championship is just a few months away. As curlers prepare to represent their province or territory in Kingston, teams are making important decisions about game strategy and tactics. We wanted to dig … Continue reading

Coaching PEI: National Coaches Week, Webinar Series, Upcoming Dates, Sport Fairs

Here are National Coaches Week events taking place in PEI. Learn more at  http://www.coachingpei.ca/national-coaches-week.html Sept 26 – Behind the Scenes 101 – Nancy Fong Sept 27 – Resistance Training – Kris MacPhee Sept 28 – Behind the Scenes 101- Jackson Slauenwhite Sept 29 … Continue reading

Crapaud Community Curling Club Update. Meeting this evening (Sunday)

There will be a meeting at 6 pm this (Sunday) evening at the Curling Club for all members. An update on the Ice Plant will be provided. Sorry for the late notice. There will be a car rally on Sept 23 from 1 pm to … Continue reading

Curling Season Fitness Training from Synergy Fitness – try it for free on Sept. 21

Synergy Fitness and Nutrition, 141 Mount Edward Road in Charlottetown, is once again offering an in-season Sport Performance Training Program to Island curlers of all ages and levels, which is customized to your fitness level. Curl PEI will host one … Continue reading

Curling, free curling school, new member reg. starts Oct. 16 at Cornwall Curling Club

CURLING at the Cornwall Curling Club begins on October 16th for daytime curlers, and evening league play starts on October 23rd. The Junior Program begins on October 29th. REGISTRATION / CURLING SCHOOL Registration for returning members (including juniors) will be held … Continue reading

The Ch’town Curling Complex has a new phone number

The Charlottetown Curling Complex has a new phone number. You can now reach them at: (902) 370-CURL or (902) 370-2875. … Continue reading

Notice of Curl PEI Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Curl PEI will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the House of Sport (40 Enman Cres., Charlottetown). Each Member Club is entitled to identify one delegate to vote at this meeting.   Curl PEI … Continue reading

Charlottetown Curling Complex – Registration Dates and season startup info

Registration Dates (on-site at the Complex) September 13th from 5-7 pm; September 16th from 11 am -1 pm; September 23rd from 11 am-1 pm; and September 27th from 5-7 pm. Anyone who signs up prior to September 28thwill have their name entered into a draw for a $100 bar/rental … Continue reading

Junior boy’s player looking for team, junior girls team looking for player

The PEI junior curling season is almost upon us, and we have a boy’s player looking for a team, and a  girl’s team looking for a player.  Due to some team changes over the summer, one junior girls’ team is … Continue reading

S’Side Road to the Roar: single draw and day passes on sale Sept. 22

Single draw & day passes will be available for purchase beginning September 22, 2017 at 10 am Atlantic time. The Home Hardware Road to the Roar Curling Pre-Trials take place Nov. 6-12 at Credit Union Place in Summerside PEI.  Website: www.curling.ca/2017roadtotheroar/ … Continue reading

Get to know Team PEI men competing at the 2017 Travelers Canada Curling Ch’ship (Curling Canada)

(by Jean Mills) The 2017 Travelers Curling Club Championship (Nov. 20-25 in Kingston ON) is just a few months away. As curlers prepare to represent their province or territory in Kingston, teams are making important decisions about game strategy and … Continue reading

Reminder: PEI Curling Hall of Fame student bursary deadline is Sept. 30

This is a reminder that the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is offering four annual bursaries, for a total amount of $3000, with $1000 and $500 awarded annually to junior female curlers, and an equal amount to junior … Continue reading

Kids learn hoops, hockey, curling, teamwork skills at 1st Jumpstart Games (Guardian)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Two hundred kids had a chance to get outside and be active Tuesday in Charlottetown.  Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities hosted its first Jumpstart Games in Prince Edward Island. The charity helps youth whose families face financial difficulties … Continue reading

Montague Junior Registration

It’s that time of year again.  Junior Curling Registration- Would you like your child to learn a life-long sport?  Junior and Little Rocks registration will be held at the Montague Curling Club: September 25th. 6:00pm to 8:00  pm for returning … Continue reading

PEI’s DeWolfe and Roche among “For the Love of Curling” scholarship recipients (Curling Canada)

Some of Canada’s most promising student/athlete curlers will get a much-needed financial boost after being named recipients of the 2017 Curling Canada Foundation For the Love of Curling scholarships, it was announced today by Curling Canada. 2017 For the Love of Curling … Continue reading

Former World Junior Curling Champ brings awareness for Lyme disease with run/walk event (Guardian)

Fewer than two years ago, a Charlottetown mother diagnosed with Lyme disease dreamed one day she would be able to play with her children again. Stefanie Clark, 36, has since completely recovered after more than a year of treatment.   … Continue reading

U21 Nautilus Slam Junior Competition at CFB Halifax club

The new U21 Nautilus Slam (Jr competitive curling) still has spots open. Sep 29-Oct 1, 2017 at the CFB Halifax Curling Club. Register today! http://www.juniorslamseries.com/events/61 See poster for details:   … Continue reading

2019 World Junior Curling Ch’ships to be held in Liverpool NS (Curling Canada)

The planet’s best young curling teams will gather in Liverpool, N.S., for the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships, it was announced jointly today by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada. Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, N.S., will host … Continue reading

27th annual Toronto Curling Assoc. U18/U21 Youth Ch’ship in Dec.

The 37th annual TCA Youth Championship will be held in Oshawa from December 27-29 and features an exciting prize purse. This year’s tournament will feature an opening ceremony on December 28, as well as the first ever gender-neutral TCA Youth Awards.  • … Continue reading

Field set for Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside (Curling Canada)

Twenty-eight teams are now set to pursue their Olympic gold-medal ambitions later this year in Summerside, P.E.I., it was announced today by Curling Canada. Photo, Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver The 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials, set for Nov. … Continue reading

Home Hardware named title sponsor for Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside (Curling Canada)

One of the key events in deciding which Canadian teams will be chasing gold in 2018 will have a new title sponsor, it was announced today by Curling Canada. Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns   Home Hardware, Canada’s largest dealer-owned hardware, … Continue reading

(Reminder) Trainwave workshop with Adam Kingsbury: Becoming your team’s mental coach

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

(Reminder) Identifying Barriers in Emerging Elite Curlers – Workshop with Adam Kingsbury

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

Self-Expression and Curling: Video by PEI Jr. and U18 champ Lauren Lenentine for her leadership class

Check out this video about Self-expression and curling, make by PEI Junior and Under 18 champ Lauren Lenentine for her Leadership class: … Continue reading

Crapaud Community Curling Club receives Canada 150 funding (Guardian)

KINGSTON, P.E.I. — As part of the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary, nine projects in central P.E.I. will share more than $300,000 in federal government funding. From left, president Alan Crane and Eric MacArthur with the Kingston Legion, join Cornwall … Continue reading

Canadian U-18 Ch’ships to be staged in St. Andrews NB (Curling Canada)

Canada’s top up-and-coming curlers will play for national championships for a second straight year in the province of New Brunswick. The W.C. O’Neill Arena Complex, which features both a hockey arena and the three-sheet Heather Curling Club, will host the … Continue reading

Roger Gavin named Alberton’s Volunteer of the Year (Journal)

ALBERTON — His active involvement in the day-to-day operation of the Western Community Curling Club has earned Alberton resident Roger Gavin the town’s Myles Getson Volunteer of the Year Award. It was presented to him during the town’s Canada Day … Continue reading

Prime Minister to pay visit to Montague Curling Club Thurs. morning

The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay and the Montague Curling Club have announced that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be at the Club at 9 am on Thursday, to kick off Canada Day celebrations. Everybody is invited! … Continue reading

Format Finalized for 16-Team Ch’ships in 2018 (Curling Canada)

A Friday night showdown will determine the 16th and final entries into the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada. Photo, Curling Canada/Jeffrey Au On the Friday night prior to the opening of round-robin … Continue reading

Pre-Season curling cancelled at Crapaud due to ice plant chiller delivery delay

The Crapaud Community Curling Club has recently been informed us that the new chiller for their ice plant will not be delivered until September 15. Because of this, they will have to cancel the planned Pre-Season curling.   … Continue reading

Brett Gallant’s wonderful curling season will be celebrated tonight (PEI Guardian)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Brett Gallant has a bit of tongue-in-cheek advice for permitting well-wishers to kiss the Brier Tankard when it’s on display Sunday in Charlottetown. “As long as they don’t get too close,” Gallant said with a laugh.  That’s … Continue reading

More details on Sat. Celebration Gala for Brett Gallant. Lounge open to public at 10 pm

Here’s a run-down of the activities at Saturday evening’s Brett Gallant Celebration Gala at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. The evening will begin at 6 pm with the piping-in of the guest of honour to a reception in the lounge  area, where … Continue reading

Overflow parking for Brett Gallant gala at Ch’town Curling Complex

The Charlottetown Curling Complex has arranged for overflow parking for the Brett Gallant gala on Saturday evening, in the Holland College staff parking lot on Fitzroy Street (behind the milk plant). As you can see from the map it is … Continue reading

Trainwave workshop with Adam Kingsbury: Becoming your team’s mental coach

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

Identifying Barriers in Emerging Elite Curlers – Workshop with Adam Kingsbury

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

Multi-Sport Coaching and Leading Effectively Workshop from Coaching PEI

Coaching PEI will be hosting a Multi Sport Coaching and Leading Effectively workshop on Saturday July 22, 2017. This is one of the longest modules and they needed to bring a Coach Developer in from Halifax in order to host. For … Continue reading

Curl Moncton International Junior Summer Spiel in August

The 2017 Curl Moncton International Junior Summer Spiel takes place August 4-6, 2017 Format: The format will depend on number of teams entered (maximum 16 teams). Every team is guaranteed 4 games (either pools & play-offs or draw trees & … Continue reading

New Holland named title sponsor of Canadian Junior Ch’ships (Curling Canada)

A world leader in the manufacturing and selling of agricultural and construction equipment also will be taking a lead role in helping to develop Canada’s top young curlers, it was announced today by Curling Canada. New Holland — the parent … Continue reading

Safety first: Curl PEI already putting helmets on kids (CBC PEI)

Curl PEI already has rules requiring young curlers to wear helmets, in line with a recent Curling Canada’s recommendation. Curling Canada puts up a guard, urges beginners to wear helmets Sandy Matheson, the vice-president of Curl PEI said staff at … Continue reading

Meet and Greet with Brett Gallant & the Brier Tankard trophy on Sunday. Juniors especially welcome!

Curl PEI will be hosting a Meet and Greet with Brett Gallant on Sunday, June 25 from 1-3 pm at the West Royalty Community Centre, at the corner of the Lower Malpeque and Kirkdale roads in Charlottetown.   Curling Canada … Continue reading

New helmet recommendations, new governors, come out of Curling Canada Annual Meeting (Curling Canada)

Curling Canada will move forward on introducing a helmet policy for young and beginning curlers, it was confirmed during the Curling Canada Annual Meeting on Saturday in Cornwall, Ont. Participants in the 2017 Curling Canada Annual Meeting in Cornwall, Ont. … Continue reading

Turning Point High Performance Camp in Bridgewater in September

Turning Point High Performance Camp Featuring: Olympic Gold Medalist & 2017 Brier Champion Mark Nichols BRIDGEWATER CURLING CLUB Bridgewater NOVA SCOTIA September 23th & 24th, 2017 Tentative Topics: Strategy & Scoreboard Management Player Roles & Responsibilities Nutrition for Maximum Performance … Continue reading

UPEI teams: register by June 14 if interested in Atlantic Univ. Curling Ch’ships

Attention all 2017/18 UPEI M/W Curlers! Any UPEI students interested in entering a team to compete for the right to represent UPEI at the 2018 Atlantic University Curling Championships is asked to contact Ron Annear by June 14. If more … Continue reading

Junior Events Calendar

Here is a list of Junior Curling events and camps in the Maritimes (plus Nationals) for the upcoming season. Curl PEI events will be posted when finalized. (Curling Canada photo) EVENT DATES LOCATION Becoming Your Team’s Mental Coach with Adam … Continue reading

Maritime Junior Competitive League at Curl Moncton

The 2017 Maritime Junior Competitive League runs Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 9 to Oct. 1 at Curl Moncton. Teams choose which dates they would like to play, subject to availability. Entry fee is $80 per team per day. Competition Dates … Continue reading

CCE Maritime Junior U21 Bonspiel in Moncton in Oct.

The Centre for Curling Excellence (CCE) 2017 Maritime Junior Bonspiel takes place Oct. 13-15 at Curl Moncton. $200 team entry fee guarantees four games. REGISTER ONLINE AT CURLMONCTON.CA MAIL REGISTRATION FEE TO: Curl Moncton Inc. * 80 Lockhart Avenue * … Continue reading

New TSN, Sportsnet fees kill TV broadcasts at Charlottetown Curling Complex (CBC)

Curlers hoping to catch a couple of ends of television after their own games at the Charlottetown Curling Complex will have to go home as things stand, says club president Mitch O’Shea. Curling on ice will continue, but curling on … Continue reading

Early Bird ticket pricing for Brett Gallant Celebration Gala ends Saturday

Corporate Sponsorship Tables are also on sale. Please stop by the Charlottetown Curling Club on Saturday, June 3rd,  from 11am-2pm or email cccgala2017@gmail.com to reserve your Early Bird ticket or to get info on Corporate Sponsorship Tables. For more details … Continue reading

Deposit fee for Moncton Brier tickets cut in half

SEAN HATCHARD TIMES & TRANSCRIPT Organizers behind the bid to bring the 2019 Brier to Moncton are putting on one final push. There’s just four weeks to go before Moncton submits its bid for the 2019 national men’s curling championship … Continue reading

Canadian curling clubs rocked by big cable companies (CBC Sports)

Fee increase for sports channels a blow to game’s grassroots, says Curling Canada By Devin Heroux, CBC Sports Curling clubs across Canada are rallying together and pushing back against what they see as unfair treatment by the country’s two biggest cable … Continue reading

Upcoming Mental Performance Training workshops with Adam Kingsbury

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

Reminder: Application deadline is June 30 for 2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarships (Curling Canada)

Young curlers from across the country will once again be able to further their academic and athletic ambitions, thanks to the Curling Canada Foundation’s For the Love of Curling Scholarship program. Kristen Streifel (WCF/Richard Gray photo) Applications are now being … Continue reading

Curling facilities invited to apply for New Horizons funding

The New Horizons for Seniors program is open for applications until June 23rd at the following site: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/new-horizons-seniors-community-based.html The Federal Government provides both community (up to $25,000) and pan Canadian funding for initiatives in the following areas: promoting volunteerism among … Continue reading

Penultimate Joyce Myers Trust Fund Grant, Scholarship winners announced

The Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund, established under Curl Atlantic from profits from the 2003 Brier and the 2005 Roar of the Rings curling events in Atlantic Canada, have selected the 2017 recipients of its Student/Athlete Scholarships and Curling Club Capital … Continue reading

Egg Farmers Rocks and Rings, FloorCurl Tournament Day held at Spring Park School

Rock Solid Productions Inc. were in Charlottetown on Friday to put on the Egg Farmers Rocks and Rings presented by Curling Canada program, and to hold a FloorCurl Tournament Day, both held at Spring Park School. Plastic curling “rocks” with ball-bearings, … Continue reading

Field expanded to 28 for Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside (Curling Canada)

Two more teams of each gender will get a chance to chase their gold-medal dreams at the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials later this year in Summerside, P.E.I., it was announced today by Curling Canada. Because the race was … Continue reading

Curling Clubs caught up in huge cable fee hikes intended for sports bars #NotaSportsBar (Curling Canada)

As you may have heard, Rogers and Bell Canada recently increased fees paid for cable packages that include TSN and Sportsnet by licensed establishments with capacity over 100 people. The target of the rate increase is sports bars, but the … Continue reading

Celebration Gala for Brett Gallant

The Charlottetown Curling Club is pleased to announce an evening to celebrate Brett Gallant. On Saturday, June 24th, they will be hosting a reception and dinner to honour his amazing accomplishments of winning both the Brier and the World Men’s Curling … Continue reading

PEI Curling Hall of Fame offering bursaries – deadline is Sept. 30

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is offering four annual bursaries, for a total amount of $3000, with $1000 and $500 awarded annually to junior female curlers, and an equal amount to junior male curlers. Bursaries are awarded … Continue reading

May 28 is Pizza Day for KidSport

Sunday, May 28th is “Pizza Day for KidSport” in partnership with Papa John’s Pizza!  Any order over $25, on this particular day, will see $5 donated to KidSport PEI!  Customers will also receive enough Papa Points loaded onto their Rewards Card … Continue reading

Pre-Season Curling at Crapaud – cancelled

Pre-season curling has been cancelled, as the new chiller for the ice plant won’t be arriving until September 15. The Crapaud Curling Club will be running the Preseason curling again this year starting September 8 and running until the end of … Continue reading

‘The lifestyle on the Island’: Yet another PEI curler on the world stage (CBC PEI)

Ian MacAulay of P.E.I. recently faced off against some of the best curlers in the world at the World Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta. The team finished with the silver medal. “Representing Canada is pretty special,” said MacAulay, … Continue reading

Applications now being accepted for 2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarships (Curling Canada)

Young curlers from across the country will once again be able to further their academic and athletic ambitions, thanks to the Curling Canada Foundation’s For the Love of Curling Scholarship program. Kristen Streifel (WCF/Richard Gray photo) Applications are now being … Continue reading

PEI’s Adam Casey accepts invitation for Summerside pre-Olympic trials (Journal)

(by Jason Simmonds) CALGARY – There will be a P.E.I. skip in the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside. Adam Casey ©Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer Seven Mile Bay native and Winsloe resident Adam Casey confirmed on Friday that his … Continue reading

Qualifiers, including PEI’s Adam Casey, unveiled for Road to the Roar in Summerside (Curling Canada)

A Prince Edward Island product has the opportunity to pursue his dreams of representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics close to home. Summerside product Adam Casey, now living in Charlottetown, has been invited to join the field for the … Continue reading

PEI Curling Coach Olympics Bound (CBC PEI)

‘I’m still pinching myself here’ By Krystalle Ramlakhan, CBC News P.E.I. curling coach Peter Gallant, who is also father to world curling champion Brett Gallant, will be going to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea with the South Korean women’s … Continue reading

14 teams set for Roar of the Rings, 4 more to be selected at Road to the Roar in S’Side (Curling Canada)

Fourteen teams are officially a step closer to achieving their gold-medal dreams after being named to the field for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, it was announced today by Curling Canada. World champions Brad Gushue, left, and … Continue reading

Colleen Jones rink wins Gold, Bryan Cochrane team with PEI native Ian MacAulay wins Silver at World Seniors (Curling Canada)

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — It was a memorable day for Team Canada on Saturday at the World Senior Curling Championships. First, Colleen Jones’s Halifax team won Canada’s 11th women’s gold medal in the 16-year history of the World Seniors, cruising to … Continue reading

Charlottetown Curling Complex to honour Brett Gallant (Guardian)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A dinner honouring world champion curler Brett Gallant is part of upcoming activities at the Charlottetown Curling Complex (CCC). Gallant is the first Islander to win a Canadian Brier and the first from the province to win … Continue reading

Moncton making bid for 2019 Brier, seeking $100 pre-sale deposits on full event passes. #BringOnTheBrier

As you may have heard, Moncton New Brunswick is working on a bid to bring the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, The Brier, to the Hub City in 2019.  They are treating it as a regional event, and expect to draw … Continue reading

Summer Fitness Training Program for Curlers – Try it on May 9

Synergy Fitness is once again offering an off-season Sport Performance Training Program to Island curlers.  This program includes fitness sessions, nutrition sessions and fitness testing. All ages and levels are welcome.  The folks at Synergy will work with your fitness … Continue reading