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Curling Canada announces hub city

A condensed series of Curling Canada Season of Champions championship events will be scheduled for 2021 in a hub city, no-fans, safe environment, it was announced today. Curling Canada aspires to hold the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by AGI, the World Men’s Curling Championship and the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Dates for the events will be announced later as Curling Canada works with local, provincial and national health authorities to set up the facility in a so-called bubble environment. As always, TSN and RDS, Curling Canada’s longtime broadcaster of Season of Champions events, will televise the championships.

MORE: https://www.curlbc.ca/brier-and-scotties-scheduled-for-hub/

Sweeping update

Curl BC's Return to Curling Guidelines for curling centres has been updated to reflect the PHO mask order. We have also made a minor change to the sweeping rule - the throwing team can now sweep opposition rocks behind the t-line. As always, only one sweeper at a time. CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST VERSION. If another update is necessary in December, it will go out in mid-December. The temporary restrictions announced by the PHO are not included in the guidelines because they are temporary. For more information on the restrictions, visit the Government of BC website

READ THE LATEST MASK INFORMATION HERE.

Win a $500 Visa gift card

Our partners at Connect Hearing have a new contest for Curl BC Members, their friends and family. Enter for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card between now and January 31, 2021. Visit connecthearing.ca/curlbc2020 for full contest details and to enter!

Funding resources

Funding programs designed to help organizations survive during the pandemic continue to evolve or come on-stream. The latest funding announcement was earlier today. The Province announced they were accepting applications from local governments, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations for nearly $136 million in infrastructure grants to help communities develop resilience in response to Covid-19. See our overview of government funding opportunities here: https://www.curlbc.ca/funding-program-update/

MED courses for coaches

Calling all coaches! Curl BC is offering an online, interactive Making Ethical Decisions course. The course is great for anyone who wants to coach - and is a must for coaches at playdowns.
MED is one of the NCCP’s cornerstone workshops, and gives coaches the tools to know what to do when the going gets tough.
Dec 9 - Register here: https://curlbc.wufoo.com/forms/znbi0cw0307t05/
Dec 15 - Register here: • https://curlbc.wufoo.com/forms/zihhmmf1wgawsg/

Join us for coffee or cocktails

Curl BC welcomes curling club staff and volunteers involved in operations to join us for regional Coffee with Curl BC chats over Zoom. The chats are your opportunity to check in with us and with others in the curling community and to share your experiences and challenges. Anyone who wants to join us can register here. We are also asking ALL clubs, regardless of whether or not you are attending a Coffee/Cocktail chat, to fill out our mid-season check-in form here

Competition calendar update

In response to the challenges of Covid-19, Curl BC has decided to make a number of changes to the competitions calendar.

Curl BC will be postponing our U15, U18, U21 and Wheelchair curling events until the spring of 2021 and pivoting to open championships in these categories.  The national championships in these categories have already been cancelled by Curling Canada.

Curl BC has also made the difficult decision to postpone our AMJ Campbell BC Mixed event, our Connect Hearing Masters event, our BC Club Championship, presented by Original 16, and our Connect Hearing Senior Curling Championships to the fall of 2021. These events will now be open provincials leading to the 2021 Curling Canada national championships in Fall 2021 in each of these categories.

In consultation with Curl BC’s Stick Curling Committee, we are also announcing the cancellation the 2021 BC Open and Women’s Stick Curling Championships. 

Our new deadlines for our 2021 open championships are as follows:

  • Men's and Women's - Dec. 8
  • Mixed Doubles - Dec. 13
  • Juniors - Jan. 15
  • Wheelchair - Jan. 15
  • U18 - Jan. 15
  • Seniors - Mar. 15
  • Masters - Mar. 15
  • Mixed - Mar. 15
  • Club Championships - Mar. 15


Registration links for all the above championships are here: https://www.curlbc.ca/events-results/playdown-event-registration/

December 2020
In this Issue

Message from the CEO

Although Covid-19 has had a predominantly negative impact, there are always some positive opportunities that come out of a crisis. One of these has been to emphasize how important participation in sport is to all of us and to society in general.

With this in mind, Curl BC recommended to Sport BC that we begin to advocate for the word “Sport” to be returned to the name of a Ministry in the Provincial Government. A few months later, an election was called and Sport BC made this request part of an advocacy campaign in which 2,000 British Columbians sent close to 7,000 letters to candidates in their ridings. Thanks very much to all of you who participated in this initiative.  

I’m pleased to report a major result of Sport BC’s awareness campaign “Sport: More Important Than Ever” was the inclusion of Sport in the name of a Ministry. Well done to all involved and, on behalf of all BC curlers, we would like to congratulate and welcome Melanie Mark on her appointment as the new Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. We would also like to thank the former Minister responsible for Sport, Lisa Beare, for all her support and wish her well in her new role as Minister of Citizens’ Services.

Thanks to everyone who has ensured we have curling at as many clubs as possible this year and all the very best for the upcoming Holiday season.
 
Take care,
 
Scott Braley
CEO

Events

The Events and Results page on the Curl BC website has been updated for the 2020/21 season. The events listing is subject to change. 

Nominate a curling hero

Curl BC is now accepting nominations for the 2020-21 awards season. This has been an extremely challenging year for all of us because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But despite all the challenges, a wonderful group of dedicated professionals and an army of volunteers worked tirelessly to make it possible for our curling clubs to open safely. Without their extraordinary leadership, we would not be curling today. We are committed to recognizing the hard work done by these heroes.  But we need your help. Let us know who among this fantastic group deserves a special thank you. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/awards/curl-bc-awards/ to nominate someone in your community. Nominations are open for all categories until Mar. 31, 2021.

Level 1 Officiating Course now online

Did you know? Our Level 1 Officiating Course is now "officially" online! To access the course visit: https://www.curlbc.ca/programs/officials/ 

Membership deadline

Deadline for membership reports and affiliation fee payments if you have been open since September/October – Nov 30. Get your report in ASAP, or you may have a financial penalty assessed. Email msim@curlbc.ca for more information. 

Curl BC Office closed for the holiday

The Curl BC Office will be closed from Friday, Dec. 25 to Monday Jan. 4.

Curl BC Safety Plan

Curl BC has now published its office safety plan. Please note, the safety plan stipulates that visits to the Curl BC office should be prearranged and visitors must wear a face mask when they are in the office. If you would like to review our safety plan please visit: https://www.curlbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curl-BC-Covid-19-Safety-Plan.pdf

Win a $250 gift certificate

Our partners belairdirect have a new contest that Curl BC members can participate in. Members will have a chance to win one of five $250 gift certificates by taking part in the Peace of Mind Contest from now until Dec. 15. Visit https://belairdirect.com/peaceofmindcontest

Travel reminder

Based on Dr Henry’s statements from Nov. 23, individuals can travel to their own club where they are a member.  So that means, for example, individuals from Vancouver Coastal are able to travel to the Fraser Health authority area for regular league play. Or individuals from Penticton who are members at Summerland Curling Club can travel there to curl. However, travel restrictions for activity such as a bonspiel or competition remain in place in all areas of the province. So for curling, that means not travelling to a club where you are not a member and not travelling with your team.

NOTE: The above travel advice is based on available information and could be subject to change if orders are clarified.

High performance athletes are not included in the order preventing people from travelling for sport. To qualify as a high performance athlete, you must be:

  • Identified by the Canadian Sports Institute Pacific as a high performance athlete affiliated with an accredited provincial or national sports organization
  • Already training in B.C.
  • Continuing to follow the safety guidelines of your provincial sports organization

Any curlers who do not qualify as high performance who do not meet the above criteria cannot travel for sport until after Dec. 7.

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