Maple Ridge hosts first stop for BC Curling Tours

The 2019-20 BC Curling Tours will kick off this weekend with the King Cash Spiel at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge.

The BC Junior Curling Tour was launched in the 2015-16 season, and was joined by the BC Men’s Curling Tour and the BC Women’s Curling Tour last season.

The mission of these tours is to qualify teams directly to BC championships, increase the number of teams competing in BC, and create province-wide training and development opportunities for BC teams.

The King Cash Spiel goes ahead on Friday, September 13, and wraps up on Sunday, September 15. Both men’s and women’s teams will be in action.

The Junior Tour will launch the following weekend (September 20-22) at the Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Cashspiel at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster.

“We heard from curlers in BC that the BC Curling Tours were a valuable training ground for them,” said Curl BC Competitions Manager Will Sutton. “Together with our curling centre partners we are helping BC’s next generation of elite curlers to compete against each other and become teams that are more competitive at the national and world levels.”

Streaming of some draws of the King Cash and Anita Cochrane bonspiels will be available on the Curl BC YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH-6-t0AKg_WVkjL6sQZtkw. Scores for all draws in all Tour events will also be available at www.worldcurl.com.

The events on the tours are Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) point eligible, with the goal of attracting top BC and CTRS teams to compete. Tour events will be taking place around the province, from Vancouver Island to the Lower Mainland to the Okanagan.

Last year’s BC Curling Tour winners were Team Geall from Abbotsford (men’s), Team Brown from Kamloops (women’s), Team Tardi from Langley/Victoria (junior men’s) and Team Daniels from Delta (junior women’s).

The BC Curling Tours have been funded in part by a grant from viaSport BC and the Province of British Columbia.

In order to ensure that participating and prospective teams have easy access to information about the tours, a website was created specifically for the BC Curling Tours. This website (www.bccurlingtours.com) contains event information and a registration form. As the season progresses, the website will also include information on standings as well as team photos and rosters.

Registration is for the BC Curling Tours is still open. Interested teams can register here today: www.bccurlingtours.com

For more information, please contact Tour Coordinator Daniel Wenzek at juniortour@curlbc.ca

For media inquiries please contact Rebecca Connop Price at rconnopprice@curlbc.ca.

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