Shouts of “hurry hard” – with a Scottish accent – were heard during the afternoon at the Vancouver Curling Club on January 11, 2013 as the Club was one of the stops of the Strathcona Cup 2013 tour.
More than 60 Scottish curlers are in Canada this month for curling matches against Canadians in curling clubs. The Strathcona Cup Tour is a tradition dating back to 1902 that sees curlers from Canada and Scotland compete every five years.
The Vancouver Curling Club stop – which included an afternoon game and evening banquet – was organized by a local committee chaired by Stan Turner. A big thank you to Stan and all of the other volunteers and staff involved in creating a memorable event!
A couple of different photo albums have been set up for the event so please click here and here to check some of the images from the Strathcona Cup tour visit. To find out more about the entire Strathcona Cup tour, visit strathconacuptour2013.co.uk.
The VCC sent two teams to this past weekend's Regional 11 playdowns for the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Seniors Curling Championship. Team Gessner (Brian Gessner, Greg Monkman, John Smiley, Howard Maisey and coach Brad Burton) almost qualified for the provincials as they made it to the C final on Sunday after they made it to the A semi-final on Saturday. They lost the final winner-take-all game as they were playing their eighth game in three days.
Meanwhile, Team Watson (Ken Watson, Dale Hockley, Randy Nelson and Dale Reibin) made it to the B semi-final on Saturday and then also made the C semi-final on Sunday. They lost the B semi in an extra end by one point and then lost the C semi to the eventual C winner and qualifier.
Congratulations to Team Gessner and Team Watson for their strong showings at the playdowns. Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's senior men's playdowns.
At this past weekend's final playdown event for the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, the Vancouver Curling Club was well represented. In fact, a VCC member has qualified as a member of Team Brower for the provincials on Feb 5-10 in Parksville - congratulations to Jan Bos.
Additional kudos go out to the two VCC teams who played well during the weekend. Against 17 teams, whereby four teams qualified, Team Schneider (Steve Schneider, Brant Amos, Shawn Ecklund and Chris Faa) came oh-so-close to qualifying as they lost the B qualifier by one point in an extra end. The team then couldn't quite make it through the C draw. Team Forrest (Andrew Forrest, Chris Chute, Nigel McInnis, Kris Davis and Norm Richard) had a tough road during the event at the Golden Ears Curling Club in Maple Ridge as they were unable to win a game.
Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's men's playdowns.
2013 will see a number of special events make our Club more than just an ice shed to come to once or twice a week to curl with your team and league members. Given our membership make-up, VCC bonspiels, open houses and other events showcase that curling is a sport enjoyed by a very diverse group of people. While our staff members do as much as they can for special events, they need the support of volunteers, before, during and after events, to make sure things run smoothly.
Volunteering at the VCC has a long history and it can take many forms. Each year, a dozen individuals volunteer their time to participate on the Board of Directors and help guide the staff and implement our long-term plan. Board members also lead the six standing committees that oversee specific areas of the Club’s overall operations. Note: There is currently a vacancy on the Board so if any member is interested in serving, please email Scott Allen, our club president.
Staff and Board members, though, welcome the input and participation of members at large on all of the Board committees and sub-committees. League representatives take on the role of wrangling their members, building draws and attending meetings to give member feedback to the Board and the staff. Each special event also has its own organizing committee that requires people to help plan, gather prizes, fundraise, raise awareness, and provide support on the day(s) of the event.
In short, volunteering at the VCC can take any form you want it to. A couple of hours greeting people at open houses, or many hours planning one of our great bonspiels, is appreciated. The more people we can get involved, the better our Club will be.
The VCC is a member-run club, not just an organized sport league. Volunteering is a great way to meet some of our very interesting members, give back, and ensure the legacy of curling in Vancouver continues.