CCA’s first national curling summit begins Monday in Niagara Falls (CCA)

(by Al Cameron)

A four-day gathering of curling’s movers and shakers gets underway Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ont.

 

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The inaugural Canadian Curling Summit will offer participants the opportunity to examine the sport of curling from all angles and contribute to discussions on ways to help its continued growth in Canada.

Keynote speakers include TSN president Stewart Johnston, Own The Podium Chief Executive Officer (and two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts silver-medallist) Anne Merklinger and Brent Barootes, the president and CEO of the Partnership Group, a national sponsorship-consulting firm.

Workshops will cover such diverse areas as coaching, energy conservation at curling centres, legal issues in curling, ice, rocks, school curling, social media and future strategies for the sport.

Additionally, there will be a presentation on the Sochi experience, reliving Canada’s gold-medal successes at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games earlier this year in Russia, in addition to a trade show featuring various curling suppliers and manufacturers.

For the full agenda and more information, go to www.curling.ca/summit2014/

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for everybody to contribute to a sport we all love and want to continue to make bigger and better,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association. “Nothing is off the table; we’re looking at the grassroots level of the sport in our curling centres across Canada, all the way up to our high performance program, and everything in between. I’m excited about the lineup for the Summit, and what can and will be accomplished in Niagara Falls.”

In addition to the workshops and panels, the Summit will include two other major events. On Tuesday, Olympic gold-medallist Kevin Martin and longtime curling sponsor and supporter former Dominion Insurance Chief Executive Officer George Cooke will be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame and Awards Gala. In addition, Past CCA Chair Ron Hutton will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the category of Executive Honour Roll.

On Wednesday, the Summit will be capped with the inaugural Swing and Sweep Golf Tournament, presented by Pinty’s, at Thundering Waters Golf Club, a day that will include an evening dinner, silent and live auction — all to raise funds for junior curling and club development in Canada. Celebrity participants include Olympic men’s gold-medallists Brad Jacobs and Ryan Fry; Olympic women’s gold-medallists Kaitlyn Lawes and Jill Officer; former world men’s champion Richard Hart and reigning Tim Hortons Brier champion and member of the first Team Canada squad for the Tim Hortons Brier, Nolan Thiessen.

Only a few tickets for the Hall of Fame and Awards Gala remain, and there is room for possibly two more foursomes in the golf tournament. To register and purchase tickets, go to www.curling.ca/summit2014/registration-form/

Following the Summit, the CCA will hold its 2014 Annual General Meeting on Thursday in Niagara Falls.

Registration for the 2014 Summit is now open at www.curling.ca/summit2014/registration-form/, with pricing details at www.curling.ca/summit2014/pricing/, including prices for the Summit, the Swing and Sweep Golf Tournament and the CCA Hall of Fame induction banquet.

Coaching PEI offering Managing Conflict Competition Dev’t Module

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Coaching PEI will be hosting the Competition Development Module – Managing Conflict on Wednesday, September 10 at the House of Sport in Room 125 from 5:30 to 9:30pm.

Learning Facilitator Charity Sheehan.

This module is free but registration is required in preparation for the course. Please email lboudreau@sportpei.pe.ca or call 902-368-6253.

More module dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Whitecap Curling Camp underway at Cornwall’s APM Centre

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The Whitecap Curling Camp, presented by Travelers, wraps up on Friday at the APM Centre in Cornwall PEI, with athletes age 12 to 18 learning the technical skills of curling. 118 athletes and coaches from Atlantic Canada, USA and Nunavut are taking part. Thanks to the Cornwall and Crapaud curling clubs for the use of their curling rocks, and the Montaque Curling Club for the use of their ice scraper.

Photo, info from APM Centre Facebook page

 

Gushue with PEI native Gallant, Sochi Olympic champion Jones confirmed for Masters in Selkirk MB

(by Jonathan Brazeau)

Sochi Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones capped a dream season by claiming the Players’ Championship in Summerside PEI, and will now look to kickstart the 2014-15 campaign winning a major in her backyard.

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Jones’s Winnipeg rink highlights the list of teams already confirmed for the Masters, the opening leg of the Grand Slam of Curling series, running Oct. 28 to Nov. 2 at the Selkirk Recreation Complex in Selkirk, Manitoba.

Tickets for the Masters are now on sale. Click here for more info.

Reigning Scotties champion Rachel Homan will also be at the Masters as her Ottawa rink aims to win the event for a third consecutive year.

The women’s draw will also see Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni, whose team reached the semifinals at last season’s Players’ Championship.

On the men’s side, Calgary’s Kevin Koe’s new rink featuring Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing and Ben Hebert will play in their first Grand Slam together.

Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen, who won the Masters in 2010 to capture his first career Grand Slam title, is also hoping home-ice advantage works in his team’s favour.

Brad Gushue, from St. John’s, confirmed his rink will be in Selkirk. His team includes PEI native Brett Gallant at third stone.

Sochi Olympics silver medallist David Murdoch from Scotland and reigning world champion Thomas Ulsrud from Norway will also have their teams in the field.

Click to read at Grand Slam of Curling website

2015 Travelers (formerly The Dominion) Curling Club Championship eligibility changes

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A number of eligibility rule changes have been made for the 2015 Travelers (formerly The Dominion) Curling Club Championship. The revisions take into consideration suggestions received, the level of play at the national championship, and the true spirit of the event.

Here are the revisions, and the rationale:

Eligibility Requirement #2: Each club will declare a men’s team and women’s team of FOUR (4) players to represent their club through either their normal league or club championship process, or through a designated Travelers Curling Club Championship competition within the club. The declared teams, through either process, MUST have at least three players who have played together in a sanctioned club league during the current season. If a replacement fourth player is used, (i.e., a player who did not play regularly on that team throughout the season) that player MUST play lead. It is recognized that some clubs prefer to have an end-of-year competition to declare their champions. For those clubs who choose this championship process, teams that enter must have at least three of the original team members who curled together within the club. The replacement player rule was created for clarity during club championships.

Eligibility Requirement #3: No player on the team can have played in a Canadian Juniors, Men’s, Women’s or Senior’s Canadian Championship in the current or previous four curling seasons (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-2015) (i.e. national competitors are excluded as regular or replacement players on the team). This encourages the participation of true club curlers, not past or present elite.

Eligibility Requirement #4: Players who competed in the 2014 Travelers Curling Club Championship national event are ineligible to compete in the 2015 play downs. The implementation of this rule encourages more club curlers to participate in the event and shares the national championship experience amongst more athletes across Canada.

Eligibility Requirement #7: Each team must be comprised of 4 players aged 19 or over, as of November 1st, 2015. Since the inaugural event in 2009, there have been very few players under the age of 19 competing at the national championship. With this in mind, the event is treated as an adult competition and now, the eligibility rule reflects this fact.

Here are the complete eligibility requirements:

Travelers Curling Club Championship Eligibility Requirements 2015

We trust that all participants will respect the intent of this championship which is for curling clubs to engage their members to participate in a club championship to declare a club champion to represent the curling club. The event is formulated for true club championship teams, not past or present elite. The objective is to support the development of curling across Canada. We keep this objective in mind as we set our eligibility requirements and on-ice rules, including the CCA Rules of Curling for General Play. Travelers Canada reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to exclude any team that violates this spirit and intent as it pertains to the rules below.

1. The curling club, represented by the team, must be affiliated with its provincial/territorial curling association and all dues must be paid in full. The players of any club champion team must be members in good standing of the affiliated curling club. Any player can be a member of more than one affiliated curling club, but shall declare one “home club” for this competition.

2. Each club will declare a men’s team and women’s team of FOUR (4) players to represent their club through either their normal league or club championship process, or through a designated Travelers Curling Club Championship competition within the club. The declared teams, through either process, MUST have at least three players who have played together in a sanctioned club league during the current season. If a replacement fourth player is used, (i.e., a player who did not play regularly on that team throughout the season) that player MUST play lead. Players who play exclusively in a major/super league without playing in another sanctioned club league are ineligible to compete. Clubs that only have mixed or open leagues (i.e., no men’s and women’s leagues) must contact their association for approval to participate.

3. Each team will be allowed only one player who has played in a Juniors’, Men’s (Brier), Women’s (Scotties) or Seniors’ provincial/territorial event in the current or previous four curling seasons or participated in a Grand Slam event in the current or previous four curling seasons (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014- 2015).* No player on the team can have played in a Canadian Juniors, Men’s, Women’s or Senior’s Canadian Championship for those years (i.e. national competitors are excluded as regular or replacement players on the team).
* Exception – Provinces/Territories with an open provincial/territory event will be permitted 1 player who has placed top 25% in a Juniors’, Men’s (Brier), Women’s (Scotties) or Seniors’ provincial/territory event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons, or participated in a Grand Slam event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons.

4. Players who competed in the 2014 Travelers Curling Club Championship national event are ineligible to compete in the 2015 play downs.

5. All games will be 8 ends with ties being decided by a full extra end.

6. Once a four person team has been declared a club champion, a maximum of 1 replacement/substitute player from the club can play lead.

7. Each team must be comprised of 4 players aged 19 or over, as of November 1st, 2015. Provincial/Territorial curling associations may adopt a more restrictive age criteria if they choose.

8. Travelers Canada has the sole authority to grant exceptions to these rules in extraordinary circumstances. Before exercising this discretion, Travelers Canada will consult with the relevant provincial/territorial curling association, and will notify the provincial/territorial association in writing of any decisions regarding exceptions that are granted.

Curling ice rentals avail. today through Sunday at APM Centre in Cornwall

Curling Ice will be ready today at the APM Centre in Cornwall PEI for the Whitecap Junior Curling Camp, run by Curl Atlantic. Thanks to Travelers Insurance, Cornwall Curling Club, Crapaud Curling Club and Montague Curling Club for assistance and donation of equipment and rocks.

Curling Ice Rental is available Aug. 15, 16 and 17, 2014. email Donna Butler@apmcentre.com or call 628-8513 ext 221

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Reminder: Pre-season curling starts Sept. 8 in Crapaud. ALL Island curlers invited. Signup now.

The Crapaud Community Curling Club is pleased to announce that they will once again be running pre-season curling.

Last year’s first pre-season was a great success and could not have been made possible without the support of Island curlers.

This year’s pre-season will begin on Monday September 8th, 2014 and run until October 31st, 2014. The cost for a pre-season membership will be $115 (HST included). This fee will give you unlimited access to the ice on a first come – first serve basis, upon advance booking with Miranda Ellis, the pre-season coordinator. The club will also be running a league night so teams can get in some great games before up-coming competitions. Please remember that the pre-season is not just for competitive curlers, we welcome everyone to join us and get on the ice early.

To join Crapaud Community Curling Club’s pre-season curling please register by email:  mle4ccc@outlook.com or by phoning Miranda Ellis at (902) 940-9264.

Photo: The volunteer crew was working well into the night painting the rings. It's beginning to look like curling ice! Still time to sign up or rent some ice!

Photo: ice in final preparation stages at last year’s pre-season curling

Team Gushue, with PEI native Brett Gallant, qualify for CCA National Team Program (CCA)

(CCA) Six men’s and six women’s teams will be part of the Canadian Curling Association’s National Team Program (NTP), it was announced today.

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Photo Team Gushue (L-R) Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Brad Gushue, Geoff Walker

The teams qualified for the NTP based on their standings on the Order of Merit following the 2013-14 curling season. As part of the NTP, the teams will have funding to cover some of the costs of competition and training, in addition to being able to access high-performance resources in the areas of sports science, sports medicine and coaching from either inside or outside of the CCA.

Here are the teams that have qualified for the 2014-15 National Team Program, in order of their Order of Merit standings:

Men
(Skip, third, second, lead)
Team Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) — Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden.
Team McEwen (Winnipeg) — Mike McEwen, B.J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld.
Team Morris (Calgary) — John Morris, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen.
Team Gushue (St. John’s) — Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker.
Team Koe (Calgary) — Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert.
Team Howard (Penetanguishene, Ont.) — Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Jon Mead, Craig Savill.

Women
(Skip, third, second, lead)
Team Jones (Winnipeg) — Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen.
Team Homan (Ottawa) — Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle.
Team Lawton (Saskatoon) — Stefanie Lawton, Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler, Marliese Kasner.
Team Sweeting (Edmonton) — Val Sweeting, Andrea Crawford, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Pidherny.
Team Middaugh (Coldwater, Ont.) — Sherry Middaugh, Jo-Ann Rizzo, Lee Merklinger, Leigh Armstrong.
Team Nedohin (Sherwood Park, Alta.) — Heather Nedohin, Amy Nixon, Jessica Mair, Laine Peters.

“The depth of curling talent in our country is amazing, and the international results continue to prove that,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “We were the only country in the world to have no team finish outside of the top six in traditional four-player world and Olympic championship events last season, and the National Team Program has played a significant role in those ongoing successes.”

All 12 teams will be participating in the opening event of the CCA’s Season of Champions, the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling presented by Meridian Manufacturing, running Dec. 3 to 7 at Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta.

“As always, the objective of the National Team Program is to achieve podium results at international competitions, and we’re excited about the potential of the group of athletes that is part of the NTP for the 2014-15 season to continue to maintain those high expectations,” said Gerry Peckham, Director, High Performance, for the CCA. “Thanks to this program, these teams, based on their proven performance levels, will be given every competitive advantage possible to keep Canada contending for international medals.”

Win a Caribbean Vacation with the Crapaud Curling Club fundraising draw

The Crapaud Community Curling Club is holding a fundraising Draw.

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 GRAND PRIZE

Dream Getaway All Inclusive Trip for 2 to the Caribbean April 2015 ( Resort of your choosing; up to $3000)

or $2000 cash

 

2nd prize

1 yr Membership at the Crapaud Curling Club or $250 cash

 

3rd prize

$100 cash

 

Tickets available from the club,  or by emailing info@crapaudcurlingclub.com

TICKET COST: $100

 Draw Date is October 3rd, 2014

NCCP – Competition Development module: Developing Athletic Abilities

Coaching PEI will be hosting the NCCP – Competition Development module, Developing Athletic Abilities Wednesday August 20 & 27 at the House of Sport 5:30 to 9:30 pm each night. It is a two part session so both nights are required to be trained in this module.

Registration is free but a RSVP is required by August 18. There is an online pre-workshop required to be completed before the course begins.

To register or to get more information contact Lynn Boudreau, phone 368-6253  or email lboudreau@sportpei.pe.ca

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Bringing back High School Curling on PEI

Junior curler Kaleigh MacKay has started a Facebook page on the subject of bringing back high school curling. She has contacted Island curling facilities to find available ice times and equipment. She would like to see a competitive High School Curling league setup on the Island.
For more info, and to show your interest, please visit and “Like” the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bringingbackhighschoolcurlingpei?fref=ts

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Arena curling ice bookings available at APM Centre in Cornwall Aug 16, 17, 20

Arena curling ice rental is available during the Whitecap Curling Camp that is held at the APM Centre in Cornwall, PEI.  The dates of ice availability are August 16, 17 and 20.  The cost is $50/hour.

Please refer to the spreadsheet below and contact Donna Butler at the APM Centre to book and pay for ice times.

Ph (902) 628-8513 ext 223 Email: donnabutler@apmcentre.com

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Canadian Mixed, Seniors, may be moving away from relegation toward 8 end games, 2 pools (In the House)

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(“In The House” blog by Brian Belfry @belfrycurling)

After only two years of the relegation system with the Canadian mixed and senior curling champs we may have already seen the last of it.

The Canadian Curling Association recently sent out several notices of motion for the 2014 National Curling Congress and Annual General Meeting for the member associations across Canada.

Among  the several notices brought up by the CCA Board of Governors were:

  • Canadian Mixed, Canadian Seniors be changed to two-pool format with seven teams in each so all member associations would have direct entre (no relegation) and shortened to eight-end games.
  • Eligibility age for Canadian Juniors cutoff be changed to June 30th of the year prior to the championships instead of Dec. 31
  • Setup for Canadian Mixed Doubles to continue for another year

Concerning the mixed fours and seniors (two events basically tossed from TV coverage back in the early 2000s) the CCA lists doing painstaking research over the past three years of the events and found a strong desire that all our member associations wanted a direct entry into the champs. There’s a shock.

Click for full story in In The House blog

Reminder: Pre-season curling starts Sept. 8 in Crapaud. ALL Island curlers invited. Signup by Aug 1. $115.

The Crapaud Community Curling Club is pleased to announce that they will once again be running pre-season curling.

Last year’s first pre-season was a great success and could not have been made possible without the support of Island curlers.

This year’s pre-season will begin on Monday September 8th, 2014 and run until October 31st, 2014. The cost for a pre-season membership will be $115 (HST included). This fee will give you unlimited access to the ice on a first come – first serve basis, upon advance booking with Miranda Ellis, the pre-season coordinator. The club will also be running a league night so teams can get in some great games before up-coming competitions. Please remember that the pre-season is not just for competitive curlers, we welcome everyone to join us and get on the ice early.

To join Crapaud Community Curling Club’s pre-season curling please register by email:  mle4ccc@outlook.com or by phoning Miranda Ellis at (902) 940-9264.

Deadline for pre-season registration is August 1st, 2014.

Photo: The volunteer crew was working well into the night painting the rings. It's beginning to look like curling ice! Still time to sign up or rent some ice!

Photo: ice in final preparation stages at last year’s pre-season curling

Field set for 2014 Canada Cup of Curling (CCA)

(by Al Cameron)

The first steps toward the 2018 Winter Olympics will be taken in early December at Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta., and a who’s-who of Canadian curling will be on hand.

 

Olympic champs Brad Jacobs, left, and Jennifer Jones are headed to Camrose for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns)Olympic champs Brad Jacobs, left, and Jennifer Jones are headed to Camrose for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian Manufacturing. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns)

The 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian Manufacturing, scheduled for Dec. 3-7, will not only feature both defending Olympic gold-medal teams (Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg), it will feature the reigning champions of the Tim Hortons Brier (the former Kevin Koe team of Calgary, now skipped by John Morris) and Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Rachel Homan of Ottawa), in addition to giving curling fans a peek at some intriguing new lineups that are starting down the road to the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A total of 14 teams (seven men’s, seven women’s) will be in Camrose, playing for their share of the $140,000 purse ($14,000 to each winning team, $9,000 to second place, $5,000 to third, and $2,000 for each round-robin win), in addition to the berths in the 2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup (Jan. 8-11 in Calgary), the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling (Dec. 2-6, location TBD) and the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials (dates and location TBD).

The Olympic, Brier and Scotties champs will face stiff tests in Camrose. On the men’s side, Jacobs and Morris will be challenged by new teams skipped by Koe and four-time world champ Glenn Howard. Koe’s new team from Calgary features third Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert, both of whom won gold with Kevin Martin in 2010 in Vancouver, and second Brent Laing, who won two world titles playing with Howard. Howard, meanwhile, shuffled his Penetanguishene, Ont., lineup in the off-season with the departures of Laing and third Wayne Middaugh (retirement). His new lineup features the return of Richard Hart to vice-skip (the two combined to win the 2007 world title) and Jon Mead at second; Mead was a member of the Jeff Stoughton team that won the most recent Canada Cup men’s title in 2012 in Moose Jaw, Sask.

The men’s field is rounded out by Jim Cotter of Vernon, B.C. (the runner-up team, with Morris skipping, at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier), 2006 Olympic gold-medallist Brad Gushue of St. John’s (with former third Mark Nichols returning to the lineup) and Mike McEwen of Winnipeg.

The women’s field will feature six of the teams that were in the final stage of qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics, including Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings champ Jones and runner-up Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont.

As well, Scotties runner-up Val Sweeting of Edmonton (with seven-time New Brunswick women’s champ Andrea Crawford moving in at third) is entered, as is 2012 Scotties champ Heather Nedohin (with new third Amy Nixon) of Sherwood Park, Alta.

The women’s field is rounded out by three-time Canada Cup champ Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon, and 2014 Ontario women’s champion Allison Flaxey of Listowel.

The teams will play a single round-robin draw, with the top three teams advancing to the playoffs. The first-place team in the round-robin will advance directly to the championship final, while the second- and third-place teams will meet in the semifinal.

Click here for the complete list of teams, and click here to purchase tickets for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling.

Curl PEI Seeks Applications for Master Learning Facilitator

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Curl PEI would like to increase the number of qualified Master Learning Facilitators (MLFs) on PEI. MLFs are responsible for the delivery of National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) workshops to train Learning Facilitators (who then train the coaches). Curl PEI and the CCA will work together to ensure MLFs receive the proper training and support necessary to deliver the workshops.

An MLF should possess all or some of the following skills:

• Acquired teaching skills (facilitation style – recent university and/or education grads)
• Strong Communication (speaking and listening) skills
• Receptive to professional development and ongoing evaluation
• Bilingualism is an asset
• Current Coaching experience (within the last 3 years)
• Positive role model
• Ability to adapt/be flexible
• Demonstrated commitment to coaches and the coaching program
• Presentation skills
• Ability to interact with people of all ages

We are looking for an MLF for each of the following NCCP workshops: Club Coach: Youth; Club Coach; and Competition – Introduction. Here is a list of Master Learning Facilitator prerequisites:

Community Sport – Initiation “Club Coach: Youth”

• Current LF for Club Coach: Youth; or
• Course conductor in Levels NCCP; or
• Level 1 Certified coach; or
• Club Coach “Trained”

Community Sport – Ongoing Participation “Club Coach”

• Current LF for Club Coach; or
• Course conductor in Levels NCCP; or
• Level 2 Certified coach; or
• Competition Introduction Certified

Competition – Introduction

• Current LF for Competition – Introduction; or
• Course conductor in Levels NCCP; or
• Level 3 Certified coach
• Competition Introduction Certified

MLFs will receive payment for each workshop delivered.

For further information or To apply, please complete the Curl PEI MLF Application Form and return it to Amy Duncan at aduncan@sportpei.pe.ca / 902-368-4208 by June 27, 2014.

MLF APPLICATION FORM (.pdf)
MLF APPLICATION FORM (.docx)

Cheryl Bernard announces her retirement from competitive curling

Olympic silver-medalist Cheryl Bernard will retire from competitive curling, it was announced today. The Alberta-born curler has strong ties to Prince Edward Island. Her father, Thayne, was born in Freetown and several aunts, uncles and cousins live on the Island.

Bernard won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, curling with third Susan O’Connor, second Carolyn McRorie (Darbyshire), lead Cori Morris (Bartel), alternate Kristie Moore and coach Dennis Balderston.

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She will now devote her energies to her family, her charity endeavours and to public speaking.

“To retire from the game I absolutely love is one of the toughest decisions of my life” said Bernard.

“But it’s time to be satisfied with what I have accomplished in the sport and walk away with some amazing memories and incredible relationships. I don’t think you ever really leave the game, I am sure I will stay involved in some capacity going forward.”

“It’s now time to give back to my family and continue my work with my two favorite charities, the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada and World Vision Canada. As well, I will continue to do keynotes across the country speaking about the parallels that exist between sport and business.

I  am excited about all the possibilities out there. ”

In addition to her Olympic appearance, she appeared in four Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s championships skipping Team Alberta (1992, 1996, 2007, 2009), including a runner-up finish in 1996 at Thunder Bay, Ont.

“Standing on the podium in Vancouver and winning a medal for Canada with three other outstanding women was the most incredible feeling — a dream come true for all of us,” she said. “It’s been an amazing career and I have so many people to thank. Specifically my common-law husband,Terry Meek, my family, friends, fans and sponsors, as well as the exemplary coaching and friendship I received from Dennis and from sports psychologist Penny Werthner.

They all provided amazing support and enabled our team to compete at the highest level.”

Bernard extended her curling career beyond the ice. She co-authored a book (with Guy Scholz) called “Between the Sheets: Creating Curling Champions” in 2005, and also created and co-chaired the annual Curl For a Cure charity bonspiel in Calgary, which raised more than $1.3 million for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation between 2003 and 2007.

Curl PEI hands out end-of-season awards (Guardian)

Kim Dolan and Eddie MacKenzie were recognized as the top female and male athlete, respectively, recently at the Curl P.E.I. annual awards presentation at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.

Both skipped their teams to provincial titles and earning a place at the national championship. Dolan, of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, made her 10th appearance at the nationals, registering more than 100 games in a career spanning four decades.

Charlottetown’s MacKenzie made his fourth trip to the Brier, and second in a row, where he skipped his team to a credible 4-7 record.

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Winners at the recent Curl P.E.I. awards presentations show off their Sport P.E.I./ADL certificates of achievement. Pictured from left are Cliff Poirier (official of the year), Shelley MacFadyen (volunteer of the year), Brooks Roche (junior male curler of the year) and Veronica Smith (junior female curler).

The Alex MacFadyen Rink of James Dalton, Matthew MacDonald, Parker MacFadyen and Alex MacFadyen from the Silver Fox were named the team of the year having won the Under-18 provincial championships, and finishing third at the Atlantics.

Pat Quilty of Charlottetown won the coaching honour for his dedication in coaching two Rinks from the Cornwall Club.

Click for full story in The Guardian

 

Breadalbane PEI’s Veronica Smith wins $5000 Spirit of Sandra Scholarship from Sandra Schmirler Foundation

OTTAWA – The Sandra Schmirler Foundation today announced the successful applicants for the 2014-2015 Spirit of Sandra $5,000 junior curling scholarships. “Once again, we were thrilled with the applicants and had a very difficult time selecting just 6 scholars”, said Theresa Breen, Foundation Chair. “Last year’s scholars all enjoyed success both at school and on the curling ice. They also all held highly successful fundraising events and showed a wonderful commitment to building Sandra’s legacy and awareness of the Foundation’s mandate”

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This is the second year for the $5,000 scholarships which will be funded from crowd sweeps at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, the Tim Horton’s Brier in Kamloops and Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg. “The Foundation is indebted to the Canadian Curling Association and the entire curling community for providing this opportunity for competitive curlers to engage with fans at these major curling events and collect money to fund these scholarships,” stated Breen.

The 2014 Spirit of Sandra Scholars are: Kristen Streifel from Clavet, Saskatchewan; Katherine Doerksen from Morden, Manitoba; Corryn Brown from Kamloops, BC; Veronica Smith from Breadalbane, PEI; Renelle Humphreys from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Jestyn Murphy from Mississauga, Ontario.

World Champion curlers Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham will once again volunteer as mentors to the scholars. “Cathy and I are honoured to continue to mentor these young competitive curlers and help them however we can to realize their own dreams”, declared Jon. Added Cathy, “Jon and I thoroughly enjoyed working with last year’s scholars and look forward to meeting and getting to know this new multi-talented group. We hope that together we can help them to build their competitive skills while balancing curling with school”. The 6 Scholars will join Cathy and Jon in August for a 2-day training session.

Each of the Scholars has committed to organizing a fundraiser in their local community to build awareness and raise money to support the mission of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which is to donate to Newborn Intense Care Units (NICUs) in hospitals across Canada for the purchase of life-saving equipment for babies born too soon, too small or too sick.

About the Sandra Schmirler Foundation:

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created in January, 2001 as a legacy to three-time world curling champion and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Schmirler, in recognition and celebration of her love of family. The Foundation raises and donates funds across Canada for the care of premature and critically ill babies recognizing that all “Champions Start Small”. The Foundation has now donated over $2.5 million to 34 newborn intensive care units in hospitals across the country.

For more information contact:

Robin Wilson

Leadership Director

Sandra Schmirler Foundation

(604) 230-5871

wilson@sandraschmirler.org

The Dominion Curling Club Ch’ship gets new name, is giving away umbrellas

To reflect the fact that The Dominion is now part of Travelers Canada, The Dominion Curling Club Championship has been rebranded the Travelers Curling Club Championship. The event’s vibrant new logo features Travelers’ signature red umbrella, surrounded by curling rings.

Enter to win one of 10 Travelers umbrellas by visiting the Travelers Curling Club Championship Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/travelerscurls?fref=nf and “Liking” the new logo. Hurry! The umbrella giveaway ends Thursday, June 12th at noon Atlantic.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SEE BELOW FOR FULL CONTEST DETAILS. PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES YOUR FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF, AND AGREEMENT TO BE LEGALLY BOUND BY, THESE CONTEST RULES (THE “Contest Rules”).

http://cloudfront9.curling.ca/travelerscurls/files/2013/04/Travelers-Canada-Facebook-Umbrella-Contest-Rules-June-2014.pdf?6e67e1

Visit the newly designed Travelers Curling Club Championship website www.travelerscurls.ca for all of the up to date news on the #TCCC2014

The 2014 championship takes place at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax from Nov. 24-29. The Tammi Cudmore and Phillip McInnis teams from the Charlottetown Curling Complex won their respective PEI championships in March, and representative the Island at this event.

It was announced recently that George Cooke, past President & CEO of The Dominion (now part of Travelers Canada), has been inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Travelers congratulates George on this outstanding achievement, and thanks him for paving the way for them  and others to support this great Canadian sport at all levels.
http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/05/26/cca-announces-2014-hall-of-fame-class/

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Fox Fall Fling Junior Spiel almost full

The eighth annual Fall Fling Junior Cashspiel is set for the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside Nov. 14-15-16 2014. The junior women’s event is already full, so new entries will be added to the waiting list. The junior men’s side currently has only one spot left.

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Details:

$125.00 PER TEAM
Open To The First 12 Ladies and 12 Mens Teams.
GUARANTEED 5 GAMES
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – NOVEMBER 1, 2014
(NOTE: IF ENTERED EARLY PLEASE POSTDATE CHEQUES TO NOVEMBER 1, 2014)

HOST HOTEL
QUALITY INN, SUMMERSIDE
1-800-265-5551
EMAIL – JACQUI GRADY
jgrady@qualityinnpei.com

ENTRY FEE MUST BE PAID WITH ENTRY FORM
SEND MONEY AND ENTRY FORM TO
SHEILA COMPTON
268 ALL WEATHER HIGHWAY
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I.
C1N 4V4
PHONE 902-436-5629
e-mail pudgesc@pei.sympatico.ca
PLEASE POSTDATE YOUR CHEQUE AND MAKE IT PAYABLE TO:
THE SILVER FOX CURLING AND YACHT CLUB
CLOSING DATE NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Click to download poster with application form

 

 

Silver Fox hosting Island Petroleum Cashspiel in December

ipcash2014The annual Island Petroleum Cashspiel, open to all Senior, Junior, and Dominion teams, male and female, in the Maritime Provinces, takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Dec. 5-7, 2014 at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside. There are separate Men’s and Women’s divisions, if sufficient numbers (6 or more teams)..

Entry fee is $200 per team. Please contact Lou Nowlan at (902) 436-8676 or Blair Jay at (902) 436-5994 to enter your team. Entry deadline is Saturday November 29.

Journal Pioneer ACT Cashspiel set for Summerside in November

jpcash2014The annual Journal Pioneer Cashspiel, part of the Atlantic Curling Tour (ACT) takes place November 21, 22 and 23, 2014 at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside PEI.

First Draws are at 12:30 and 3:00 pm Friday (with16 teams)
Format: 16 teams for full draw. Games are eight ends, and three games are guaranteed. The top 4 teams advance to the championship event on Sunday. There is also a consolation event.

$6600 in prize money  (with16 teams). OPEN TO ALL TEAMS: MENS, WOMENS, MIXED.

ENTRY FEE: $450 + $31.50 ACT Fee

NOTICE: Please Pay Entry Fee By November 8th.,2014

MAIL POST DATED CHEQUE TO:
SILVER FOX CURLING AND YACHT CLUB  110 Water St., SUMMERSIDE,PE   C1N1A9

Please Make Cheques PayableTo:THE SILVER FOX CURLING AND YACHT CLUB
For  More Information or to Enter a Team Contact:
Blair Jay
1-902-436-5994 (Home)
or
Carl Delaney
at
1-902-436-4842
or
Email:
carl.delaney@pei.sympatico.ca

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Charlottetown Curling Complex nominated for Kraft Celebration Tour award

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The Charlottetown Curling Complex is among the sports facilities and communities nominated for a Kraft Celebration Tour award.The Top 10 winning community finalists, chosen by a judging panel, will become a stop on The Kraft Celebration Tour — each receiving a community celebration and a live TSN SportsCentre broadcast from their town. Tune into TSN SportsCentre and RDS Sports 30 Le Magazine on July 1 (7:00pm AT) for the Top 10 Winner announcement.

The Top 10 winning community finalists will go head-to-head in an online voting battle July 21 and 22 to determine who will win the Grand Prize of $100,000 for their community project. The remaining finalists will each receive a Secondary Prize of $25,000 for their community project.

Over the past 5 years, Kraft, TSN and RDS have helped communities across Canada build better places to play. Their commitment and dedication to active and healthy lifestyles have changed neighbourhoods, towns and cities alike.

Ten Island facilities/communities are among the current nominations, which close at 1 am tonight. If the Charlottetown Curling Complex was awarded the $100,000 grand prize, the money would go towards updates to the facility’s insulation and heating system, and to fix issues with the roof.

Click to read the Charlottetown Curling Complex nomination.

For more information on the Kraft Celebration Tour, visit www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca

 

Three of the five Grand Slam of Curling events will now include women’s divisions

(Grand Slam of Curling) The Grand Slam of Curling announced today that the Canadian Open has expanded and will include a women’s division for the first time in the event’s history.

Along with the Masters and Players’ Championship, three of the five Grand Slam of Curling events will now host both men’s and women’s tournaments.

The 2014 Canadian Open runs Dec. 9-14 at Gallagher Centre in Yorkton, Sask.