Try curling on the Sept. 10-11 weekend

People new to curling or new to the Vancouver Curling Club are invited to our public open house, running 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11. This is your chance to try curling with free instruction and equipment provided and find out about learn-to-curl opportunities this season.

We recommend you book your 45-minute session on the ice ahead of time by contacting Richard Brower at msc@vancurl.com or 604-874-0122, ext. 2.

Locker sign up and members' open house moved to Thursday, Sept. 8

VCC curlers looking for a locker this season - and we know there are many of you - need to show up on Thursday, Sept. 8 for the locker sign up and members' open house from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Your chances of getting a locker if you don't come that day might be slim.

During the members' open house there will be ice available for practicing and the pro shop and lounge will be open.

Please note the date has been moved to Thursday from Tuesday that was originally announced.

Americas Masters Games curling at VCC, Aug. 27 to Sept. 4

Over 4,000 athletes will be in Vancouver for the Americas Masters Games, hosted by the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Curling Club is the site for the curling competitions runnng Aug. 27 to Sept. 4. Curlers must be 50 years and older to take part.

The concurrent men's and women's competitions run Aug. 27 to Aug. 31 and the mixed competition goes Sept. 1-4. The web page for these events can be found at http://amgcurling.curlbc.ca/ and the draws have now been posted.

Brooms Continue to Evolve: by Richard Brower

The game of curling has had some significant changes in sweeping equipment since I first starting curling in 1981 and, even without the fuss this season over directional sweeping and what changes need to be made, it appears to me brushes are about to undergo another change.

I was going to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario when I started curling in a university league on Sunday nights at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. I remember feeling rather inept using the rental brooms, which were those old Rink Rat type ones that were shaped like a corn broom but had some sort of foam inside and a cloth cover. I had no training on using my arms and wrists properly to employ the corn broom sweeping technique, and I’m sure I looked rather clumsy going down the ice sweeping between my legs. Not as interesting though as the curler I used to watch at the Vancouver Curling Club in the 1990s who used to just lift it straight up and slam it down on the ice. He reminded me of “Bam Bam” from the Flintstones.

What's new at VCC?

Members will be excited to learn that the new Dyson hand dryers arrived this week. Guaranteed to dry your hands in 12 seconds flat and turn off by the time your foot hits the washroom threshold. No need to use your pants or sweater...oh happy day!

The new hand dryer

World Curling Federation Sweeping Summit 2016 Update

The World Curling Federation Sweeping Summit was held between 23 and 26 May at the North Grenville Curling Club in Kemptville, Ontario near Ottawa, Canada.;

This event brought together an impressive group of world class athletes, high performance experts, curling administrators and curling equipment manufacturers to conduct testing and research into the unusual and over-effective impact of sweeping reported during this past season.

The Athlete group included Olympic Champions, World Champions and World Championship competitors.

Testing was conducted under the supervision of the National Research Council of Canada, using scientific methodologies and high-tech recording equipment.

World Curling Federation Sweeping Summit 2016

Members On The Way UP

A VCC member is at his peak supporting a local charity.

Congratulations to Gary Lubin, VCC and Super Seniors member who completed the Grouse Grind thirteen times within a day this past Tuesday, June 21 to benefit BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

A very impressive physical feat Gary all for a good cause!!!

Gary Lubin

VCC Members Heading to World Mixed Championship

Congratulations to Raphael Monticello, Marcio Cerquinho and Luciana Barella who will represent Brazil in the World Mixed Curling Championship October 15 to 22, 2016 in Kazan, Russia. 

The team will practice throughout the summer by participating in summer Bonspiels in Kelowna, Parksville and Kerry Park.  One week prior to the World's the team will participate in the Tallin Cup in Estonia. 

Congratulations and good curling, we hope you have a successful run!

VCC Celebrates Its Volunteers

Calling all VCC volunteers who generously donated their time and expertise to the success of the 2015-16 season! 

 

We’re holding a BBQ in your honour on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:30pm.  Join us in the Last Draw Lounge, enjoy a burger and pint on the house and feel appreciated for all that you do to make VCC a great place to curl.   

 

Please RSVP by emailing: adelahey@vancurl.com.  Please include any dietary restrictions you may have.

Curl in the Americas Masters Games at VCC

Get your curling season started early by curling in the inaugural Americas Masters Games at Vancouver Curling Club, Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. There will be men's, women's and mixed competitions for curlers 50 years plus, 60 years plus and 70 years plus. Curling is just one of the 25 sports available in the AMG, hosted by the City of Vancouver and bringing in participants from around the world.

Each team is guaranteed three games and curlers can curl in the mixed, taking place after the men's and women's competitions, at no extra cost.

Register by April 30 for a chance to win two flight tickets from WestJet.

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