Get to know the BC Junior Curling Tour

The 2018-19 season will be the fourth season of the BC Junior Curling Tour. Starting in Parksville in early September, the Tour contains four events, two on the Island and one each in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan.

We spoke with event organizers from each stop on the tour to hear what they think about the BC Junior Curling Tour and what they are looking forward to about hosting their events.

Parksville Junior Cashspiel (Parksville)

September 7-9, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Daniels (Women’s), Team Tardi (Men’s)

Event organizer Penny Shantz: “Our event is the first stop on the Junior Curling Tour and we are very excited to warm up our best junior curlers for their best curling year! We offer an arena setting that has been host to three Curl BC Men’s Provincial Championships and many other provincial championships. We look forward to watching the juniors on our championship ice and letting them get comfortable and prepared for future provincial, national and world championships.”

Anita Cochrane Memorial (Royal City - New Westminster)

September 21-23, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Daniels (Women’s), Team Tardi (Men’s)

Event organizer Steve Kopf: “The BC Junior Curling Tour provides a competitive platform for junior curlers to test and improve their skills. From start to finish, having a regular bonspiel schedule encourages teams to set a proper practice regimen and also promotes proper training before the playdown season. Most importantly, the tour is good for young curlers as everyone has fun, it promotes good sportsmanship, and allows teams to travel and experience other clubs throughout the province. I always enjoy the Anita Cochrane Junior Spiel. The whole goal with our spiel is to create a replica event of what teams might experience at provincials and nationals.”

Rick Cotter Memorial (Vernon)

October 19-21, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Gray-Withers (Women’s), Team van Amsterdam (Men’s)

Event organizer Jim Cotter: “Since the beginning of the tour we’ve seen a steady growth in competitive junior curling in BC. Teams are travelling more then they ever used to and taking the tour very seriously yet having a lot of fun along the way. This is exactly what BC needed to start growing curling in BC. I’ve also noticed the teams are getting better each year, which will only help with future success in BC curling. There are so many positives it’s difficult to list them all … Our event started 18 years ago by my father Rick Cotter. He had the biggest passion for junior curling. We look forward to keeping that passion alive while creating a competitive environment for our young curlers to best prepare for provincial, national and even world championships.”

Optimist Junior Cashspiel (Esquimalt)

November 10-12, 2018
Last year’s champions: Team Reese-Hansen (Women’s), Team Horvath (Men’s)

Event organizer Murray Walker: “After hosting the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in 2017 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre and Esquimalt Curling Club, and the success of the BC teams at the national and international level, interest in this event and the BC Junior Curling Tour remains strong. The Optimist Cashspiel has seen growing participation from U18 teams preparing for their playdown competition. We look forward to assisting and preparing our BC teams to excel at the national and international level.”

We also recently heard from event organizers on the BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Tours. Check out what they had to say here: