Brooks Roche receives Sandra Schmirler Foundation scholarship, is excited to start new chapter (E. Graphic)

(by Charlotte MacAulay) Brooks Roche said these days it feels like he has just gone through the shortest three years of his life.

Brooks Roche throws for PEI

Brooks Roche throws for PEI

Curling Canada Photo: Brooks Roche

The Montague High valedictorian for 2015 has done plenty of living in those three years and many years before.

“It’s a bitter sweet ending to Grade 12, but it will be very exciting to move on to UPEI and get a different kind of academic experience,” he said.

Thanks to Brooks’ passion for the game of curling and desire to help others, the soft spoken Lower Montague youth will continue his education with a leg up.

He is the recipient of one of six national scholarships from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

The $5,000 Spirit of Sandra Scholarship is given to young athletes entering post secondary education combined with furthering their curling pursuits.

Brooks is doing both in spades.

He has placed in the top three academically every year in high school and has been curling since Grade 4.

Most recently he and two other Montague youths, Dylan and Ryan Lowery, and Tyler Smith, from Crapaud, came home from the 2015 Canada Games with a sixth place finish and also represented the province at the Junior Nationals.

Much like juggling all the important aspects of his own life, Brooks said the game of curling is all about balance.

“It’s a different type of sport,” he said. “It’s so much precision, athleticism and balance, but it’s also a huge mental game because you always have to be on alert; considering every variable on the ice.”

Click for full story in the Eastern Graphic

New format: Play-in tourney to be replaced after 2017 Scotties, Brier (Guardian)

(By Jason Malloy)

A play-in tournament for Canada’s national men’s and women’s curling championships will be gone after 2017.

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Curling Canada/Michael Burns photo

Curling Canada made the announcement Monday after its annual general meeting concluded Friday in Collingwood, Ont.

The association will work with stakeholders and partners to come up with a new format for its 2018 pilot project.

“It’s a great day for both P.E.I. and Canadian curling,” said Connor MacPhee, who initiated an online petition last year that collected 2,500 signatures against the play-in tournament. “I believe that regardless of what part of Canada you live, or what your involvement in curling may be, there was lots of support from curlers not to relegate teams at our national championships.”

This was the first season four teams had to play a pre-qualifying tournament, or what some people called a relegation round, to qualify for either the Scotties Tournament of Hearts or the Tim Hortons Brier.

“It was hard to watch the teams go home after not qualifying for the event,” said Suzanne Birt, who skipped the Island squad at the Scotties. “It’s heartbreaking.”

The play-in system will continue to be used for 2016 and 2017 before the change is implemented in 2018 to remain consistent with the Olympic quadrennial.

Click for full story in The Guardian.

Crapaud holding Ham and Turkey Takeout Fundraiser on Saturday

Ham and Turkey Take Out Dinners are happening THIS Saturday, June 27th at the Crapaud Community Curling Club!

Tickets are $12 and are available by calling  Ruth at 658-2147.
This is an important fundraiser for the club in order to get through the summer months when there is no curling happening.

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Breaking: In 2018, relegation round will be gone, and curlers of all ages will eligible for Brier and Scotties (Curling Canada)

The fields for both the Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts will expand in 2018 in a pilot project, and curlers of all ages across Canada will now be eligible to compete in them, it was announced this morning by Curling Canada.

Curling Canada's 2015-16 Board of Governors, from left, Lena West, Cindy Maddock, Peter Inch, Cathy Hughes, Hugh Avery, Maureen Miller, Shirley Osborne, Ron Hutton, Resby Coutts, Scott Comfort. (Photo, Curling Canada/Neil Valois)

Curling Canada’s 2015-16 Board of Governors, from left, Lena West, Cindy Maddock, Peter Inch, Cathy Hughes, Hugh Avery, Maureen Miller, Shirley Osborne, Ron Hutton, Resby Coutts, Scott Comfort. (Photo, Curling Canada/Neil Valois)

Those, along with a new residency rule for elite teams, were the highlighted outcomes of Curling Canada’s Annual General Meeting, which concluded Friday afternoon at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ont.

The change in format for the Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties, which will feature champions from all 14 Member Associations with the potential of adding other teams with pre-qualified status, will remove the pre-qualifying round at the 2018 Canadian men’s and women’s championships, and will be assessed immediately afterward. The new format will be put together in consultation between Curling Canada and its various stakeholders and partners.

The current pre-qualifying system for the Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties, which was introduced this past season, will be retained for the 2016 and 2017 championships to remain consistent during the Olympic quadrennial. The new format will be introduced following the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.“As always, we listened to the input of our Member Associations and stakeholders and I think this is a format worth trying out,” said Hugh Avery, who was re-elected for a one-year term with the Curling Canada Board of Governors, and also elected as board Chair for the 2015-16 season. “After the 2018 events, we will consult again with Member Associations, players and other stakeholders to see where we go with this.”

Meanwhile, junior-eligible players will now be able to enter the playdowns leading to the Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties, bringing Curling Canada in line with World Curling Federation and Olympic rules.

Also, a new residency policy was adopted by Curling Canada that will allow teams to have one non-resident outside of the Member Association they choose to represent, but the other three players will be subject to stricter proof-of-residency rules that will be enforced by Curling Canada with the co-operation of the players.

“We’re ready to do our part for the integrity of the game,” said Mike McEwen, skip of the Canadian Team Ranking System 2014-15 top-ranked team. “We understand the thought process that went into this decision, and we know it wasn’t an easy decision, but we believe it was the right one and we will do what we can to help Curling Canada and the Member Associations make it work.”In addition to the rule/format changes, Curling Canada also concluded its season-long chase for the MA Cup, presented by TSN, and the Governor’s Cup.

The MA Cup, presented by TSN, goes to the Member Association that has the best average finish at each of the eight Curling Canada national championships. The Governor’s Cup, meanwhile is awarded to the MA with the best average improvement from the 2013-14 season.

Saskatchewan claimed the MA Cup, presented by TSN, while Quebec was the winner of the Governor’s Cup.

Besides Avery, four other new Governors were elected to the board: Winnipeg’s Resby Coutts and former Curling Canada Board Chair Maureen Miller of Yellowknife were elected to four-year terms; Cathy Hughes of Montreal was elected to a three-year term, and Ron Hutton of Saint John, N.B. — like Avery and Miller a former Board Chair — was elected to a two-year term.

Peter Inch of London, Ont., was elected as Board Vice-Chair.

“This was an extremely productive week for Curling Canada, starting with our second Curling Summit and wrapping up with two positive days of meetings between the Board and our Member Associations,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. “It was another reminder that our sport is in wonderful hands, and the future possibilities are truly exciting.”

Click to read this story at the Curling Canada website.

Mixed doubles curling added to 2018 Winter Olympics (Curling Canada)

Canadian curlers will have another chance to win Olympic gold, beginning with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Kalynn Park, left, and Charley Thomas, in action at the 2015 World Mixed Doubles Championship earlier this year in Sochi, Russia. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Alina Pavlyuchik)

Kalynn Park, left, and Charley Thomas, in action at the 2015 World Mixed Doubles Championship earlier this year in Sochi, Russia. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Alina Pavlyuchik)

The International Olympic Committee made the announcement earlier today following Executive Board meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland. This had followed years of lobbying by the World Curling Federation, with Curling Canada adding its support.

“We’re thrilled that there will be more opportunities for our Canadian athletes to shine on the Olympic stage,” said Gerry Peckham, Director, High Performance for Curling Canada. “We have been extremely supportive of the efforts to have the mixed doubles discipline added to the Olympic program, and our efforts will intensify to put our athletes on the mixed doubles podium in Pyeongchang.”

The process to determine Canada’s mixed doubles representatives for the 2018 Games will be announced later this year.

Canada will enter the Pyeongchang Games as the defending men’s and women’s traditional team gold-medallists, with Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg having prevailed in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Mixed doubles, on the other hand, has not been as kind to Canada. Since the first world mixed doubles championship in 2008, Canada has finished on the medal podium just once, in 2009 at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, when Sean Grassie and Alli Flaxey took bronze.

But this country played a leading role in the development of the new discipline. Longtime Curling Canada Director of Events Warren Hansen and former world men’s champion Neil Houston developed the concept in advance of the inaugural Continental Cup of Curling in 2002.

The mixed doubles game format is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10). Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.

At the most recent World Mixed Doubles Championship, in April in Sochi, the Calgary-based team of Charley Thomas and Kalynn Park finished fourth.

“It was exciting to get the news this morning that mixed doubles will be part of the Winter Olympics,” said Thomas, a two-time World Junior Men’s champion. “I’ve always enjoyed playing mixed doubles, and it’s thrilling to be part of a sport that is continuing to evolve. Wearing the Maple Leaf at the World Championship was a thrill, and Kalynn and I will be working hard for the chance to do it again at the Winter Olympics.”

The WCF first attempted to have mixed doubles added as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver,  and has since, with support from Curling Canada, successfully built the discipline around the world, with non-traditional curling countries such as Hungary (2013 and 2015 world champions) and Spain (2014 bronze-medallist) having enjoyed success.

“We are absolutely delighted with this news confirming that Mixed Doubles will be included in the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said WCF president Kate Caithness. “Our athletes have showcased this exciting and dynamic alternative to traditional team curling at our World Mixed Doubles Championships for many years now and we’re thrilled that their progress has been rewarded by the IOC’s decision.

“We are confident that that this addition to the Olympic programme will accelerate curling’s growth extensively over the coming years. As a result, this is another key step in the development of curling as we look to make our sport more accessible to everyone around the world.”

Also today, the International Paralympic Committee announced that the wheelchair curling field for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang will be expanded from 10 to 12 teams. Canada won Paralympic gold in 2014 in Sochi.

“The sport of curling, not just in Canada, but around the world will benefit from today’s announcements,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. “The Olympics and Paralympics have taken our sport to new levels, and to see them expanded is a truly exciting day.”

Click to read at Curling Canada

Update: Mixed Doubles curling confirmed for PyeongChang 2018 Olympics (WCF)

  • Mixed Doubles curling has been approved for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games programme Photo: WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that Mixed Doubles Curling has been approved as an additional event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The announcement was made following IOC Executive Board meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier today.

This confirmation means that three curling Events – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles, will now be part of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games programme.

Speaking of the announcement, World Curling Federation (WCF) President Kate Caithness said: “We are absolutely delighted with this news confirming that Mixed Doubles will be included in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Our athletes have showcased this exciting and dynamic alternative to traditional team curling at our World Mixed Doubles Championships for many years now and we’re thrilled that their progress has been rewarded by the IOC’s decision.”

She continued: “We are confident that that this addition to the Olympic programme will accelerate curling’s growth extensively over the coming years. As a result, this is another key step in the development of curling as we look to make our sport more accessible to everyone around the world.

Mixed Doubles Curling is played on the same sheets of ice as ‘traditional’ curling. However, there are some key differences.

Instead of playing in Teams of four, Mixed Doubles Curling is for Teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/spare player is allowed).

Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.

Each team receives 22 minutes of Thinking Time and games are scheduled for eight ends – compared to 38 minutes and 10 ends for ‘traditional’ curling.

Speaking of the potential opportunities this decision may now bring, WCF President Kate Caithness said: “You just have to look at some of the Teams who have won medals at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship over the past few years – the likes of Hungary, Spain and Austria for example. They are associations that are improving year on year, particularly in Mixed Doubles, but find it difficult to break through in Traditional Curling competitions. Now that this discipline will be part of the Games, many more associations will have a chance of winning an Olympic medal.”

She continued: “We also hope that national sporting bodies will release additional funding to support Mixed Doubles teams. As a consequence, this will help further develop our sport, particularly in some of the associations where Mixed Doubles is proving increasingly popular.”

The WCF will now progress with finalising the qualification process for the Mixed Doubles Curling event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Details of this process along with any changes to the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will be announced at the upcoming World Curling Congress taking place in Belgrade, Serbia between 2-5 September 2015.

The next edition of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will take place in Karlstad, Sweden between 16 and 23 April 2016 and it is expected that the new Mixed Doubles Olympic Qualification System will be in place by then.

Click to read at WorldCurling.org

Breaking: IOC approves Mixed Doubles Curling for 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang

(AP) The IOC has approved new events in snowboarding, Alpine skiing, speedskating and curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Big Air in snowboarding, mass start in speedskating, mixed doubles in curling, and a team skiing event were ratified Monday by the International Olympic Committee executive board.

Click for full story

Future of Charlottetown Curling Complex building being discussed at May 30 workshop

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The Charlottetown Curling Complex is holding a consultant-led workshop on Saturday, May 30th to discuss the future of the facility.  Options to be discussed include:
  • investing in current facility
  • partnering with the City in the multi-sport facility the Mayor discussed this week in The Guardian
  • pursuing another direction
The open workshop is planned for 10 am to 12 noon and will be followed by a lunch.
RSVP via email or via cell (Sandy at 902 367 4876 or Phil at 902 393 2950)

Joyce Myers Scholarship Fund winners announced

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Here are the  three winners from each of the four Atlantic provinces for Curl Atlantic’s Joyce Myers Scholarship Fund. The recipients will receive their $500 cheques on Oct. 1, after proof of enrollment at a university or college is provided.

The Board of Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund created the Scholarship Fund as a means to assist our talented full time student athletes in Atlantic Canada. Priority is given to athletes attending Atlantic universities, colleges or vocational schools.

NL – Sarah Ford, Liam Gregory, Stephen Trickett

NS – Janique Leblanc, Matthew Manuel, Nicholas Zachernuk

NB – Andrew Burgess, Rene Comeau, Carter Small

PE – Katie Fullerton, Chloé McCloskey, Brooks Roche

Upcoming National Coaching Cert. course

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Competition Introduction –  Making Ethical Decisions (MED)

Tuesday June 9, 2015
5:30-9:00 pm Room 125 at Sport PEI

Suitable for all coaches, regardless of the type of athlete they are working with.

By successfully completing the Make Ethical Decisions workshop you will be fully equipped to handle virtually any ethical situation with confidence and surety. MED is one of the NCCP’s cornerstone workshops, and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.

Upon completing the MED module you’ll be able to:
•Analyze a challenging situation and determine if it has moral, legal or ethical implications;
•Apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to each situation in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

This will be the last time that this module will be offered for free. Moving forward in the next few months, there will be registration fees for most NCCP modules.

Please contact Lynn Boudreau or register on line in The Locker  

Curl PEI Championships and events for 2015-2016 season

Here are Curl PEI’s provincial championships and other events for the 2015-2016 season. Please note that participant fees are per person/per event (not per season as in previous years). Entry fee is per team.

Curl PEI Events 2015-2016 (PDF version)

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Communities invited to nominate Curling (and other) facilities to win $250,000 upgrade in Kraft Project Play

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Kraft Project Play:

The Chance to Win $250,000 Towards Your Community’s Place to Play!

– Nominate today at KraftProjectPlay.com.  Nominations close June 14, 2015

About Kraft Project Play

Curling clubs, occer fields, recreation centres, and basketball courts are just some of the places that unite us, bringing us together as friends, families, and, communities. These are the places we play, where we form friendships, share recipes and swap neighbourhood tips. They are vital parts of active, healthy and vibrant communities. However, they need to be maintained and, without the proper facility repairs and upgrades, we risk losing them.  With this in mind, Kraft Project Play is helping to build a better future by building better places to play: because stronger communities start with better places to play. The grand prize winner will receive $250,000 for their recreation facility upgrade and the three finalists will each receive $25,000.

What: Communities can nominate their local facility for an upgrade at KraftProjectPlay.com from May 1 to June 14.

WHY: Kraft Project Play will award one community the grand prize of a $250,000 for a recreation facility upgrade – the largest single community investment Kraft Canada has made to-date.  As well, three finalists will each receive $25,000

 

HOW: Nominate in just TWO easy steps

 

1)     Go to KraftProjectPlay.com

2)     Complete the online nomination form.

Remember: this is your chance to let us know why YOUR community deserves a $250,000 recreational facility upgrade and the impact it would make!

 

3)     Hit the submit button and you’re done!

 

KEY DATES:

  • Submit your nomination today! The nomination period closes on Sunday, June 14
  • Four finalists will be announced on July 26
  • Canadians can then vote for their favourite community project starting at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 17 until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 18
  • The grand prize winner will be revealed on August 21 on TSN’s SportsCentre

Curl Atlantic Ch’ship postponed until 2016

The next Curl Atlantic Championship will be held in September 2016.  The event is being postponed for one year due to a Grand Slam of Curling event being held in NL on the same weekend this year.  The event returns to Charlottetown in 2016.

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Coaching Dev’t Module offered May 20/27 at no charge

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Competition Development Module – Developing Athletic Abilities will be offered for free on the evenings of May 20 & 27 at Sport PEI.

Coaches need to attend both evenings to receive credit for the course and there is a pre-workshop assignment as well.

This will be the last time that this module will be offered for free.  Moving forward in the next few months, will be registration fees for most NCCP modules.

Upcoming Canada Games Coaches or those looking to be Competition Development certified they will need this module.

Please contact Lynn Boudreau or register on line at https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5091922  The pre-workshop is an e-learning piece that must be done on The Locker website.

Contact info:

Lynn Boudreau
Sport PEI
Member Services

(902)368-6253

email: lboudreau@sportpei.pe.ca

Give curling a shot, today!

Give curling a shot until 3 pm today (May 9) at the Organized Mom Expo at the Murphy Community Centre in Charlottetown! https://www.facebook.com/events/784018321686166/ … Continue reading

Attn Junior Coaches: spot available at Curling Canada Summit in June

For Junior Coaches… Curl PEI is pleased to be able to send at least one junior coach to the Coach Stream of the Curling Canada Summit taking place June 14-17, 2015 in Collingwood, Ontario.  If you coached a junior team … Continue reading

Sport Performance Training Program for curlers of all ages

For Curlers…ALL AGES… On Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm there will be an information session about a Sport Performance Training Program.  This is an initiative of Sport PEI and Synergy Fitness and includes both fitness sessions, nutrition sessions, and fitness … Continue reading

Charlottetown Curling Complex holding lobster and ham takeout on May 16

The Charlottetown Curling Complex are holding a lobster and ham take out dinner on May 16th, with pickup from 3-5 pm. Lobster is $20 and ham is $15. Dinner includes potato salad, coleslaw, roll and  carrot cake.   Order tickets by … Continue reading

Applications now being accepted for 2015 For the Love of Curling Scholarships (Curling Canada)

Young curlers across the country will be able to benefit for the second straight year from Curling Canada’s For The Love of Curling scholarships, it was announced Friday. Thanks to the incredible support of the curling community, 10 scholarships are … Continue reading

Junior Curling Events 2015-2016 season

Here are Junior Curling events currently scheduled for the 2015-2016 season. They will be added to the PEICurling.com events calendar. Contact the chairperson of each event for additional info. Junior Events 2015-16 (PDF version) … Continue reading

Notice of Curl PEI Annual General Meeting

Notice of Meeting The Curl PEI Annual General Meeting will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside. Any member club wishing to have an item of business placed … Continue reading

Curling among the many sports featured at Cornwall’s Community Expo on Saturday

The Town of Cornwall is hosting a Community Expo on Saturday at the Terry Fox Sports Complex, where over 15 organizations, including Curl PEI, will be there promoting their programs, giving you a chance to try their sport or activity, … Continue reading

PEI native Geri-Lynn Ramsay to skip new team

Summerside PEI native Geri-Lynn Ramsay, now living in Calgary Alberta, has announced via her personal Twitter account @GLRamsay  that she will be skipping a newly-formed team for the 2015-2016 season. The rink includes third Brittany Tran, second stone Becca Konschuh, … Continue reading

January Freeze Junior Cashspiel set for Fox

The Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside is hosting the January Freeze Junior Cashspiel from Jan. 22-24 2016. Entry fee is $125 per team, with a maximum of 24 teams. Each team is guaranteed five games. Deadline for … Continue reading

8th annual Silver Fox Fall Fling Junior Cashspiel takes place in November

The 8th annual Fall Fling Junior Cashspiel will take place November 13-15 2015 at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. Entry fee is $125/team.  The event is open to the 1st 12 women’s and 12 men’s teams, … Continue reading

Jacobs wins 1st Grand Slam at Players’ Championship, Gushue finishes 3rd in overall points

(by Jonathan Brazeau) TORONTO — For Team Brad Jacobs, it was the fourth time that was the charm. Playing in their fourth Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling final, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., rink captured their first major together at … Continue reading

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling 2015-16 dates and locations announced, incl. a stop in Truro

(GSOC) Save the dates as we can now confirm the locations for five of the seven events on the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling schedule that will see the series travel from coast to coast. The season will kick … Continue reading

McEwen clinches spot in Players’ Championship semis, Gushue advances to quarter-finals (Grand Slam)

(by Jonathan Brazeau) TORONTO — Mike McEwen has secured a direct berth to the semifinals of the Players’ Championship after making a double takeout to score two in the final end for a 6-4 victory over Brad Gushue on Friday … Continue reading

Suzanne Birt reunites with Green, forms new team for next season (Journal)

(by Jason Simmonds) COVEHEAD – It will be a new-look Suzanne Birt rink next season. Suzanne Birt in action during the 2015 provincial women’s curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer The … Continue reading

2015 Atlantic U18 Ch’ship Webcast videos now available on YouTube

BellAliant Community One and Universum Media have generously provided Curl PEI with copies of all the Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championship webcasts from last weekend at the Montague Curling Club, and we have now uploaded them to YouTube. They may … Continue reading

Suzanne Birt to have new team for 2015-2016 season

Reigning provincial women’s curling champion skip Suzanne Birt will have a new team for next season, with third Robyn Green and second Meaghan Hughes, both from the 2014-2015 runner-up team skipped by Kathy O’Rourke, joining the rink, along with lead … Continue reading

Ch’town curling wraps up for season. Lobster/ham dinner, hockey pool fundraisers being held

The 2014/15 curling season at the Charlottetown Curling Complex comes to a close this Sunday, April 12th with the annual bar spiel. Club members with lockers are asked to come in this week and clean then out. The Complex is … Continue reading

Season-ending Players’ Championship now underway in Toronto (Grand Slam)

(by Jonathan Brazeau) TORONTO — Two-time Canadian champion Rachel Homan kicks off the Players’ Championship Tuesday night against Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson in opening draw action. Rachel Homan at the 2014 Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask. (Photo: Anil Mungal) Homan, from … Continue reading

Yarmouth to host 2017 Canadian Mixed Championship (Curling Canada)

In the wake of the successful Ford World Men’s Championship in Halifax, another major curling event is headed to Nova Scotia. The Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, N.S. The 2017 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, the 54th renewal of the traditional two-man, … Continue reading

BC women, Manitoba men win Canadian Masters. PEI’s Berry rink just misses the semis

The Canadian Masters Curling Championship wrapped up on the weekend at the Whitehorse Curling Club, with Team British Columbia (Women), skipped by Karen Lepine, and Team Manitoba (Men), skipped by Ron Wescott, winning the event. Silver medals went to Ontario … Continue reading

6th annual Lobster Trap Bonspiel goes this weekend at Eastern Kings Sportsplex in Souris

The 6th Annual Lobster Trap Curling Bonspiel takes place this weekend (April 10-12) at the Eastern Kings Sportsplex in Souris, with 32 teams vying for the coveted Lobster Trap trophy. The Sportsplex hosts curling one day a week during the … Continue reading

New Brunswick women, Nova Scotia men win Atlantic U18. PEI teams take bronze

The Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championships wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the Montague Curling Club, with the Justine Comeau rink from New Brunswick winning the women’s title, and the Matthew Manuel foursome from Nova Scotia taking the men’s event. The … Continue reading

Sweden heads home with Ford Worlds gold, Team Canada wins bronze (Curling Canada)

Niklas Edin of Sweden stole three in the first end and counted threes in the fifth and seventh ends to beat defending champion Thomas Ulsrud of Norway 9-5 to win the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship Sunday at the Scotiabank … Continue reading

Photo Gallery from Atlantic Under 18

Courtesy of Margaret O’Connor, here’s a gallery of photos from the Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championships, which wrapped up on Sunday at the Montague Curling Club, with the New Brunswick women and Nova Scotia men winning the event, and the … Continue reading

Atlantic Under 18 Curling Ch’ships start this afternoon in Montague and on BellAliant #CommunityOne

The Montague Curling Club are hosting the Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championships starting this afternoon and wrapping up on Sunday. The men’s and women’s U18 champions from all four Atlantic provinces, as well as the runners-up (as the host teams) … Continue reading

Berry rink split games on Thursday in Canadian Masters playoffs to sit at 4-3

PEI’s Shirley Berry rink split their Thursday games at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships at the Whitehorse Curling Club. They picked up a 6-5 win over Judy Burgess’ Nova Scotia rink, but lost 8-2 to Manitoba, who picked up a … Continue reading

Canada finishes Ford Worlds round robin with win (Curling Canada)

Pat Simmons of Canada and Thomas Ulsrud of Norway finished off their round-robin play at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship with their 10th wins Thursday and immediately set about planning for their rematch in Friday’s Page 1-2 playoff game. … Continue reading

Crapaud Meltdown Funspiel looking for more teams

Crapaud Curling Club        MELTDOWN! April 10th-12th, 2015  Includes: Entertainment and Munchies Friday evening   Coffee and Muffins; Dinner, Mussels, and Entertainment on Saturday   Guaranteed 3 games   Cost: $140 per team   Please note: Teams must have at least … Continue reading

Shirley Berry rink qualify for playoff round after 3-2 round robin finish at Canadian Masters

The Shirley Berry rink, from the Cornwall Curling Club and the Charlottetown Curling Complex are participating in the Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60 and over, at the Whitehorse Curling Club in the Yukon. The PEI women’s champions … Continue reading

Atlantic Under 18 Curling Ch’ships start Friday in Montague

The Montague Curling Club will be hosting the Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championships from April 3-5 2015. The men’s and women’s U18 champions from all four Atlantic provinces, as well as the runners-up (as the host teams) from the PEI … Continue reading

Norway makes (fashion) statement against Canada at Halifax Ford World Men’s (Curling Canada)

Thomas Ulrud and his Norwegian teammates are defending champions and they served notice Tuesday evening that they are not going to easily give up their Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. Team Canada’s Pat Simmons watches his shot, with Norway’s Christoffer … Continue reading

Cornwall’s Jackson rink wins Travelers’ women’s title, Western Community’s Fraser foursome takes men’s (pictures added)

Cornwall’s Lisa Jackson team beat the Iva Griffin rink from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton by a 7-3 score Monday evening to win the women’s title at the provincial Travelers Curling Club Championship. Western Community’s Freddy Fraser rink … Continue reading

Cornwall’s Jackson rink wins Travelers women’s title, Western Community’s Fraser foursome takes men’s

Cornwall’s Lisa Jackson team beat the Iva Griffin rink from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton by a 7-3 score this evening to win the women’s title at the provincial Travelers Curling Club Championship. Western Community’s Freddy Fraser rink … Continue reading

Western Community Curling Club teams win PEI Travelers men’s title, force deciding game in women’s

The men’s and women’s teams from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton picked up big wins this afternoon at the Travelers Curling Club Championship at the Crapaud Community Curling Club, with the Freddy Fraser foursome edging out Charlottetown’s John … Continue reading

Curl Atlantic hosting Business of Curling Symposium at Mt. A.

Curl Atlantic is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Business of Curling Symposium from May 1-3, 2015 at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.  Sessions on Membership Retention, Membership Recruitment, Learn-to-Curl Programs, Best Practices and Real Life Examples, Bonspiels, Sponsorship and … Continue reading

Championship round teams determined at the Travelers Curling Club Championship

Round robin play finished Sunday evening at the Travelers Curling Club Championship being played at the Crapaud Community Curling Club, with three men’s teams and three women’s rinks advancing to their respective Monday championship rounds. The three men’s teams advancing … Continue reading

P.E.I. has strong showing at Canadian firefighters curling championship (Journal)

VALLEYFIELD, Que. – The Leo Stewart rink from Summerside enjoyed a strong showing at the 2015 Canadian firefighters curling championship here last week. © Submitted photo Team P.E.I. at the 2015 Canadian firefighters curling championship in Valleyfield, Que. From left: … Continue reading

Veronica Smith rink goes undefeated to win low-scoring Advantage Comm. Junior Mixed final in extra end

It took an extra end, but the Veronica Smith rink from Cornwall and Crapaud went undefeated to edge the defending champion James Dalton team from the host Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club and the Cornwall Curling Club by a … Continue reading

Fanshawe wins CCAA women’s curling gold, Holland College Hurricanes finish with 2-5 record

The Holland College Hurricanes women’s curling team, who curl out of the Cornwall Curling Club, finished round robin play with a 2-5 win-loss record at the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) Nationals, which wrapped up Saturday in Olds Alberta. The Fanshawe … Continue reading

Team Manitoba wins Canadian Fire Fighters Ch’ship, PEI makes it to Page ch’ship round

The 56th Canadian Fire Fighters Curling Championship wrapped up on Saturday in Valleyfield and Huntingdon Quebec, with  Team Manitoba, from the Winnipeg Fire Department, skipped by Ryan Lalonde, defeating Team Alberta 11-3 in the final. Manitoba took four points in … Continue reading

1 pm Junior Mixed final set: Cornwall/Crapaud’s Veronica Smith vs Silver Fox/Cornwall’s James Dalton

The final, between the 1st and second place teams from the round robin, is set for 1 pm today at the Advantage Communications / Curl PEI Provincial Junior Mixed curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in … Continue reading

Recap: Eddie MacKenzie rink wins Provincial Mixed

The Provincial Mixed Curling Championship wrapped up on March 17 at the Charlottetown Curling Complex, with the host club rink of skip Eddie MacKenzie, third Chloé McCloskey, second Tyler MacKenzie, and lead stone Megan Wile defeating the Cody Dixon rink … Continue reading

Charlottetown’s Desrosiers and Cornwall’s Jackson still unbeaten at the Travelers Curling Club Ch’ship

Only two undefeated teams remain going into the 11 am Sunday round robin draw at the provincial Travelers Curling Club Championship Championship at the Crapaud Community Curling Club. The John Desrosiers team from the Charlottetown Curling Complex remains unbeaten at … Continue reading

Veronica Smith rink still undefeated – will advance to Advantage Comm. Junior Mixed final

The final round robin draw goes at 9:30 this morning in the Advantage Communications / Curl PEI Provincial Junior Mixed curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.  The Veronica Smith rink from Cornwall and Crapaud … Continue reading

Canada holds off U.S. in wild Ford Worlds opener in Halifax (Curling Canada)

Pat Simmons had to make a last-rock draw to the button in an extra end to get past John Shuster of the United States 11-10 in the second draw of the Ford Men’s World Curling Championship Saturday. Pat Simmons, middle, … Continue reading

Alberta, Manitoba win gold at 2015 Everest Canadian Seniors, PEI rinks finish in 9th and 12th place (Curling Canada)

Prairie provinces stood tall on the medal podium on Saturday afternoon at the Thistle Club in Edmonton. 2015 Everest Canadian Seniors gold-medallists. Team Manitoba men, top, from left, lead Dale Michie, second Peter Nicholls, third Dean Moxham and skip Randy … Continue reading

Four teams unbeaten after Travelers Curling Club Ch’ship Opening day

Three draws are in the books after opening day action at the provincial Travelers Curling Club Championship at the Crapaud Community Curling Club. In the men’s division, with representatives from all seven PEI dedicated curling facilities, the Alan Inman foursome … Continue reading

PEI eliminated from Championship Round at Canadian Fire Fighters

PEI, represented by the Summerside Fire Department, skipped by Leo Stewart, lost their Page 3 vs 4 playoff game to BC by a 6-3 score this evening at the Canadian Fire Fighters Curling Championship in Valleyfield and Huntington Quebec, and … Continue reading

MacDonald rink finishes 1st in Canadian Seniors seeding pool, Berry team picks up win (Curling Canada)

While the match-ups for the semifinals have yet to be determined, the four teams who will play in those semifinals has been decided at the 2015 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s Championship at the Thistle C.C. in Edmonton. Alberta’s Glen Hansen … Continue reading

Mitchell Schut and Veronica Smith teams win Advantage Communications Jr. Mixed openers

Four of the five teams have seen action after the opening draw this evening at the Advantage Communications / Curl PEI Provincial Junior Mixed Curling Championship being played at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. The Veronica … Continue reading

PEI playing in championship round at Canadian Firefighters

The Page playoff round is underway at the Canadian Fire Fighters Curling Championship in Valleyfield and Huntington Quebec. PEI, represented by the Summerside Fire Department, finished round robin play with a 6-4 win-loss record, and grabbed the final playoff spot … Continue reading

Canadian Seniors seeding pool update: MacDonald picks up win over NWT to improve to 3-5, Berry is at 0-3 (Curling Canada)

Ed Sattelberger of the Iqaluit C.C. defeated Al Hackner 10-5 in Thursday afternoon’s draw at the 2015 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships at the Thistle C.C. in Edmonton. (Photo Annie Teveniuk and Lisa Miller) The Nunavut skip opened the scoring … Continue reading

Travelers Curling Club and Junior Mixed championships start Friday

The provincial curling championship season comes to a close with two events this weekend — the Travelers Curling Club Championship, for men’s and women’s teams who have won their respective club championships, and the Advantage Communications / Curl PEI Junior Mixed, … Continue reading

A reunion on the ice for 2012 Youth Olympians, including PEI’s Emily Gray (Curling Canada)

(by Jean Mills) A special reunion took place in Waterloo, Ont., recently, where curlers from across Canada took over the K-W Granite Club for the CIS-Curling Canada University Curling Championships. Four of those curlers were together again for the first … Continue reading

Ford World Men’s Curling Championship begins Saturday in Halifax (Curling Canada)

Global men’s curling supremacy will be on the line when the 2015 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship gets underway on Saturday at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. The official opening ceremonies are scheduled for noon (all times Atlantic), and will … Continue reading

Hurricanes split opening games (Guardian)

The Holland College Hurricanes scored a 7-6 extra-end win Wednesday to even their record after two games at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women’s curling championship. The Hurricanes lost 12-11 in the opening game against the host Olds College in … Continue reading

Ford World Men’s starts this weekend in Halifax. Single draw tickets now on sale (Curling Canada)

(by Graham Lloyd) Now fans can pick the games they really want to see when the 2015 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship comes to Halifax, March 28-April 5 at the Scotiabank Centre. (Michael Burns/CCA Photo) Tickets to the first five … Continue reading

Cornwall’s Clarke/Stavert win their 5th women’s Maritime Stick Curling title

The Maritime Stick Curling Championship was held at the Amherst Curling Club March 11-13. The Maritime Stick Curling Championship format has 4 men’s/open teams and 2 women’s teams from each of the 3 Maritime provinces. The 12 team men’s/open division … Continue reading

UPEI Panthers finish CIS Ch’ship in 4th place, two players win awards (UPEI)

The UPEI Women’s Curling Team, skipped by Veronica Smith, finished the CIS/CCA Curling Championship in 4th place, losing to the Thompson Rivers team in the semi-finals. Photo (L-R): Veronica Smith, Jane DiCarlo, Emily Gray, Aleya Quilty The team also received … Continue reading

Curl PEI hosting Little Rock Fun Day at the Fox on Saturday

Note: this event has been cancelled due to insufficient signup. Curl PEI would like to invite Little Rock curlers out to the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club on Saturday March 28 from 9-11:30am for a morning of Fun and … Continue reading

PEI teams finish out of the playoffs after Canadian Seniors round robin play (Curling Canada)

(by Danny Lamoureux) Women’s event The first stage of play at the 2015 Everest Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship has been completed and the eight teams competing for the title have been identified. Thirteen women’s teams (Yukon did not enter … Continue reading

Casey rink adds new third for 2015-16 season (Journal)

(by Jason Simmonds) The Adam Casey rink has made a roster move. David Mathers is moving to Prince Edward Island in May and will join the Island rink after playing for Mark Kean in Ontario. © Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer David … Continue reading

S’side rink 5-1 at firefighters curling ch’ships (Journal)

VALLEYFIELD, Que. – The P.E.I. representatives at the Canadian Firefighters Muscular Dystrophy Hydrant curling championships from Summerside are on a roll. Left to right: PEI Director Peter A. MacDonald, Jim Arsenault, Dwayne MacNeill, Gordon MacFadyen, Leo Stewart Skip Leo Stewart, … Continue reading

Snowmobile trip needed for Holland College Hurricanes to get to curling nationals (Guardian)

(by Jason Malloy) It took a six-kilometre snowmobile ride to get the Holland College Hurricanes curling team in the air and headed to nationals. © Submitted photo The Holland College Hurricanes curling team, from left, are Kellie-Lynn Younker, Bethany Dauphinee, … Continue reading

MacDonald gets second win at Canadian Seniors (Journal)

EDMONTON – P.E.I.’s Rod MacDonald rink evened their record at the 2015 Canadian senior curling championships on Monday. MacDonald jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one end, and never looked back in a 6-3 victory over Nunavut’s Ed Sattelberger. … Continue reading

P.E.I. teams get on winning track at Canadian senior curling championships (Journal)

EDMONTON – P.E.I.’s representatives at the 2015 Canadian senior curling championships recorded their first wins on Sunday. The Rod MacDonald-skipped men’s rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside and Charlottetown Curling Complex began Sunday’s play with … Continue reading

Panthers Make CIS Curling Semi-finals (Guardian)

The UPEI Panthers scored a deuce in the 10th for an 8-7 victory over St. F.X. Friday at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s curling championship in Waterloo, Ont. The win improved the Panthers to 3-4 and qualified them for Saturday’s … Continue reading

Curling is Sport PEI’s featured sport for March

The following feature is from Sport PEI’s website. Click to read at Sport PEI Sport Feature After a busy month of February with Canada Games we are back on track with our Sport Features. For the month of March we … Continue reading

Casey/Christianson, Holland/Fullerton duos win Canadian Mixed Doubles openers

Two of the three rinks with PEI players won their openers on Wednesday at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials in Ottawa. Adam Casey is playing with Marie Christianson of Nova Scotia, and won his opener 8-7, while Kyle Holland … Continue reading

Curler Suzanne Birt wins half a million dollars on lottery scratch ticket (Guardian)

(by Kayla Fraser) Suzanne Birt flashed a winning smile Tuesday as she was presented a half-million dollar cheque.She accepted the money for her Atlantic Lottery scratch ticket win during a ceremony at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown. “It … Continue reading

Four PEI curlers among those competing in Mixed Doubles Curling Trials, starting today in Ottawa (Curling Canada/Curl PEI)

Canada’s best mixed doubles curling teams, including four curlers from PEI,  return to the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club March 11-15 for the 2015 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials. Among those competing are the winners of the PEI trials in … Continue reading

Curler hits the jackpot!

Congratulations to Suzanne Birt on her big lottery win! She won the half million dollars on a Classic Ruby scratch & win ticket.was presented with the  cheque this morning at Red Shores. … Continue reading

Mackay, Noye rinks win Provincial U18; Lenentine, MacFadyen teams also earned berths in Atlantic Ch’ships (men’s pics added)

The Curl PEI Provincial Under 18 Curling Championships wrapped up on Monday at the Crapaud Community Curling Club, with the four rinks who will advance to the Atlantic Under 18 championships from April 3-5 in Montague decided.  Because PEI is … Continue reading

Provincial Mixed Curling Ch’ship starts Friday – Newson rink back, looking for repeat win

The Curl PEI Provincial Mixed Curling Championship takes place March 13-17 at the Charlottetown Curling Complex.  The defending champions – the team of Jamie Newson, Vanessa Hamming, Andrew Robinson, and Michelle MacIntyre from this year’s host club and the Crapaud … Continue reading

Mackay, Noye rinks win Provincial U18; Lenentine, MacFadyen teams also earned berths in Atlantic Ch’ships

The Curl PEI Provincial Under 18 Curling Championships are over at the Crapaud Community Curling Club, with the four rinks who will advance to the Atlantic Under 18 championships from April 3-5 in Montague decided.  Because PEI is the host … Continue reading

Sign up now for Sat. morning Junior Dev’t League (age 11-15) at Cornwall next season

The Cornwall Curling Club is currently making plans to offer a Junior Development League commencing in the fall of 2015. This is in addition to the strong Junior Instructional Program which is presently in place. This developmental league is for … Continue reading

U18 Opening Draw Photos

Here are photos, courtesy of Margaret O’Connor, from the opening draw of the Curl PEI Provincial Under 18 Curling Championships at the Crapaud Community Curling Club. The women’s event wrapped up on Sunday (more on this later), while the men’s … Continue reading

Team Canada captures 2015 Tim Hortons Brier gold (Curling Canada)

Pat Simmons got the shot he wanted with last rock and then made it to give Team Canada the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, championship. Team Canada’s Pat Simmons is hoisted by teammate John Morris. (Photo, … Continue reading

Saskatchewan claims Tim Hortons Brier bronze with win over Gushue (Curling Canada)

Steve Laycock of Saskatchewan stole two in an extra end Sunday to beat Brad Gushue of Newfoundland-Labrador 7-5 in the bronze medal game at the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions. Gushue, who suffered a heart-breaking loss in … Continue reading

Mitchell Schut team goes undefeated to win KFC Provincial Under 13 title

The Mitchell Schut team from the Cornwall Curling Club went undefeated this weekend at the Montague Curling Club to win the KFC Provincial Under 13 Curling Championship, beating the Alexis Burris rink from the Crapaud Community Curling Club by a … Continue reading

Team Canada beats Gushue rink to nail down trip to Tim Hortons Brier final (Curling Canada)

Team Canada’s miraculous turn-around in the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, continued Saturday with two victories that moved the Pat Simmons-led squad into today’s final. Team Canada skip Pat Simmons is pumped after winning Saturday night’s semifinal. … Continue reading

Team Canada advances to 9 pm Tim Hortons Brier semifinal against Gushue (Curling Canada)

Pat Simmons and Team Canada scored one in the 11th end Saturday to get past Steve Laycock of Saskatchewan 8-7 and advance to the semifinal of the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions. Team Canada skip Pat Simmons … Continue reading

Unbeaten Schut, MacLean square off Sun. morning at KFC U13 ch’ship, MacFadyen and Mackay rinks win U18 B sections

There will be no unbeaten teams remaining following the last round robin draw at 10 am on Sunday morning at the KFC Provincial Under 13 Curling Championships at the Montague Curling Club, as the two teams with perfect records, the … Continue reading

Four PEI curlers among those competing in Mixed Doubles Curling Trials, March 11-15 in Ottawa (Curling Canada/Curl PEI)

Canada’s best mixed doubles curling teams, including four curlers from PEI,  return to the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club March 11-15 for the 2015 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials. Among those competing are the winners of the PEI trials in … Continue reading