Balance is the key in your delivery

By Richard Brower, VCC Member Services Coordinator

I’ve taught curling to countless groups and individuals over the years since I first started working in curling at the old Vancouver Curling Club in 1993. It’s been my observation from both teaching the fundamentals and working on my own game in preparation for competition that balance is the key ingredient separating most club curlers from those playing at a competitive level.

VCC Brazilian curlers at world mixed

Brazilian mixed team

Left to right: lead Lucianna Barrella, second Marcio Cerquinho, third Alesandra Barros, skip Raphael Monticello

VCC team in the medals at BC Senior Games

VCC senior tam

Left to right: Nick Parotta (second), Joel Bronstein (lead), Harvey Meller (skip), Joanne Mick (Zone 4 coordinator and VCC curler), Croft Bain (third)

Congratulations to the Harvey Meller team from VCC that won the bronze medal in the BC Seniors Games men's curling event at Coquitlam. There were six zones from around the province represented in the event, which was won by the Kevin Jeannotte team from Langley.

Harvest Bonspiel draw results online

There was a full field of 32 teams for the annual Harvest Bonspiel, Oct. 28-30 at VCC. Results are posted on the Harvest Page.

Shortill team wins mixed event at AMG

Dave Shortill from the Kerry Park CC near Duncan has won the mixed event championship at the Americas Masters Games, defeating Richmond's Vic Shimizu 7-4 in the final. Shortill's team included VCC curler Jan Bos at second, along with third Donna Langlands and lead Crystal Murray.

VCC skip Keith Switzer won the bronze medal after qualifying through the C event for the playoffs, but losing the semi-final to Shortill.

Mixed event now on at Americas Masters Games

AMG logo

The Island Girls, composed of curlers from various Vancouver Island communities and skipped by Lynne Noble, have won the women's event of the Americas Masters Games at VCC. The Steve Wright team from Royal City CC and Kelowna has won the men's event.

The mixed event is now on until Sunday. For all the results and information, go to http://amgcurling.curlbc.ca/.

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

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