Get to know the BC Men's and Women's Curling Tours

The first 2018-19 BC Curling Tour event is just over two months away. This first event will kick off the inaugural season of the BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Tours, with five Women’s events and six Men’s events in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan.

“I am so excited for the new Men’s and Women’s tours in BC,” said Curl BC HP Coach and Director Melissa Soligo. “We are excited to continue building and developing meaningful competition for all our teams and this is only the start of it. The tours are giving our BC teams an avenue to be able to showcase their talents and allow them to take the next step in their competitive curling careers. I look forward to watching what BC teams have to offer.”

This week we chatted with the event organizers from each stop on the tour to hear what they think about the BC Curling Tours and what they are looking forward to about hosting their events.

King Cashspiel (Golden Ears) | Men’s and Women’s

September 14-17, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Geall (Men’s), Team Wark (Women’s)

Event Organizer Dean Joanisse: “The tour hopefully will help events such as ours attract more entries from teams looking to capture one of those coveted direct entries into the BC Men’s Championship. Hopefully teams in BC will continue to support our event and we can draw more teams from out of the province to increase the depth which will allow our BC teams to play against the best of the best. It is nice to host a WCT event at our club and to have the top teams in BC come to our club to compete.”

Prestige Hotels and Resorts Classic (Vernon) | Men’s and Women’s

September 28-30, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Guignard (Men’s), Team Homan (Women’s)

Event Organizer Dave Merklinger: “We need a way of making BC curling better and the only way to do it is to have more events. We have to take care of our own BC curlers. The competitive curlers talked and decided that a tour is one of the best ways to go … [This is] teams getting out there and getting a chance to be a high performance team. This is about the local club curlers being able to participate in bonspiels and get points and maybe they can make the provincials and get better … There’s a lot of teams that are on the fringe of making say, the Slams, and the points they can make from this cashspiel can help.”

Driving Force Cashspiel (Abbotsford) | Men’s and Women’s

October 12-14, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Montgomery (Men’s), Team Moiseeva (Women’s)

Event Organizer Kent Bird: “I think the new BC tour will raise the level of competition and better prepare our BC teams for provincial and national championships. I look forward to seeing the returning BC teams and more international teams with our new date for our event this year.”

Crown of Curling (Kamloops) | Men’s and Women’s

October 26-28, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Joanisse (Men’s), Team Pewarchuk (Women’s)

Event Organizer Rob Nordin: “I think the BC Tour will encourage more teams to curl competitively, especially men’s teams. With the building of ‘super teams’ with players from other provinces, our members weren’t interested. We now have some members re-energized about curling competitively. In Olympic and post-Olympic years we don’t seem to get many international teams so it’s been hard to attract enough teams to have WCT points awarded. We are already getting a good response from BC teams so we should have a full event.”

Raymond James Kelowna Double Cash (Kelowna) | Men’s and Women’s

November 2-4, 2018
New event!

Event Organizer Jock Tyre: “The tour is bringing a competitive tour back to the grassroots curlers, allowing curlers with jobs to stay local and curl at a competitive level. Kelowna is excited to bring a new event to the local scene and welcome competitive curlers back. It will be exciting to see some new players make the break through into the top ranks.”

Ashley Home Store Classic (Penticton) | Men’s

November 23-26, 2018
Last year’s champion: Team Koe

Event Organizer Matt Tolley: “We want to see curling thrive in BC, because it’s maybe been in a decline in previous years, but I think the tour is good because it aligns the competitive process with other competitive avenues (like WCT) … I think it will improve the calibre of BC teams. We had such a great success our first year, everything went really well and the feedback from elite teams was awesome. We’re looking forward to continuing that and building our reputation.”

Other BC Curling Tours News:

The Standards and Best Practices for the BC Junior Curling Tour are now available online at: https://www.bccurlingtours.com/best-practices/

We would like to say a big thank you to our circuit sponsors, Best Western Hotels and Resorts and belairdirect insurance!