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Curling

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The game of curling dates back over 500 years with evidence of people sliding stones on frozen ponds or lochs in Scotland.  The game came to Canada in 1759 and has become very popular with over 1000 active curling centres in communities across the country.  Canadian curlers are successful and well-respected in international competition, with Canadian teams having won the majority of the world championship events.  Curling was a demonstration sport at four Olympic Winter Games before becoming a full medal sport in 1998.

Curling Facts

  • Over 500 years old
  • A stone is delivered from the hack to the house
  • 44 pounds – weight of a stone
  • Brooms are used to sweep the ice and direct the stone
  • 16 stones for a complete end
  • Ice surface is -5C

Curling is played by two teams of four players on a rectangular sheet of ice.  Teams take turns delivering stones towards the target or “house”.  The players are identified as lead, second, third, and skip, which determines the order in which they deliver the stones.  Sweepers accompany each stone down the ice to help direct its final placement.  An “end” is complete after 16 stones have been delivered.  One point is scored for each stone that is closer to the centre of the target (button) than any stone belonging to the other team.  A game consists of 10 ends with extra ends added in the event of a tie.

Curling athletes at the BC Winter Games are 11-16 years old and are in the Training to Train phase of athlete development.  Club teams in each zone compete for the right to represent their zone at the Games and square off against the best in the province.

Curl BC is the Provincial Sport Organization responsible for the development of the sport in British Columbia and represents over 25,000 curlers.

Notable BC Games alumni include Corynn Brown (Kamloops) and her team who won gold at the 2010 and 2012 BC Winter Games, as well as the 2011 Canada Games and went on to compete at the 2013 World Junior Championships.  Also the 2014 BC Winter Games W.R. Bennett Award winner, Tyler Tardi, who went on to win bronze at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and is representing Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games.