NEWS file photo Parksville Curling Club will host its eighth B.C. championship since 2009 beginning Jan. 31.

Parksville Curling Club makes prime-time

B.C.’s top men’s teams coming to Island for provincial championships

Nobody can accuse the Parksville Curling Club of not being ready for prime time.

The club, located in the former hockey arena at Parksville’s Community Park, has been undergoing a transformation as dozens of volunteer members help prepare the venue to host the B.C. Men’s Curling Championships Jan. 30 through Feb. 4.

“By next week there will be a complete transformation of the place for the event itself,” said Terry Miller, PCC vice-president and chair of the tournament organizing committee. “We’ll have the lobby set up with banners and pop-up posters, and the rink itself will look different as curtaining starts to go up around the scoreboards and sides of the playing area.”

The new look is designed in part for the prestigious event, which will determine B.C.’s qualifier for the Briar Canadian men’s championship tournament. The final four matches, on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, will be televised by Shaw TV.

But much of the work at the club has been ongoing and will remain in place with a view to the long term, said Miller.

That includes new furnishings in the lounge and a revamped viewing area in the lobby, with a two-tiered viewing platform. The club has also installed a closed-circuit television system within the arena, which boasts cameras over each of the circles to allow those in the lobby to closely follow play.

“Volunteers have been all over the club doing quite a number of things,” said Miller. “Now we’re down to the fine-tuning. This is going to enhance the event, big-time.”

The Parksville Curling Club is no stranger to provincial championship curling. This will be the club’s eighth provincial championship since 2009, including back-to-back men’s championships in 2012-13. It has also hosted women’s and mixed championships, and once hosted the B.C. High School championship tournament.

One of its primary draws is its arena ice and layout as a former hockey arena, which includes bleacher seating in the playing area.

“The players are very pleased with it, because it emulates what they can expect at the next level,” said Miller, citing the Canadian and World championships. “Those are all going to be played in arena settings, so it’s a good experience for them to do this on arena ice.”

Parksville also has the benefit of a large and active club, which currently has about 500 to 600 member playing games each week, and a total membership, including lifetime members, of more than 1,300.

“We’ve tried not to do (championships) two years in a row, because it’s such a demanding thing for our volunteers,” said Miller. “But our members have just been incredible, the way they step up. Most clubs can’t handle this kind of event.”

The 2018 BelairDirect B.C. Men’s championship will feature the top 12 men’s teams in the province. The tournament will actually be run by Curl BC, with local club members serving in volunteer support roles. Even PCC head ice technician Tim Kottsieper will be relegated to assistant ice tech and work with a Curl BC technician.

Following team arrival and a banquet at the Beach Club Resort Tuesday, Jan. 30, the tournament will begin Wednesday, Jan. 31 with practice rounds in the morning followed by the opening draw, which will be played around the official opening ceremonies at 6:15 p.m.

Round-robin play continues through Feb. 2, with the top four teams in the standings advancing to the Feb. 3-4 championship draw.

Tickets are $5 at the door for each draw, or spectators may purchase a full event pass for $45, available at the curling club concession and at Save-On-Foods in Parksville. Passes may be purchased or ordered online, through links at www.parksvillecurling.com.

Send story tips to:

jr.rardon@pqbnews.com

Just Posted

Councillor has concerns about Qualicum Beach pot shop decision

Debate over location, public consultation and timing continues, though commitment already made

Oceanside RCMP arrest man wanted on several outstanding warrants

Hudson David Klassen, 26, picked up in Parksville

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Qualicum Beach dragon boating team looks for new members

Team Hot Flash was formed last year and is gearing up for second season

Self serve doggy-wash poised to change dog grooming industry

Add money, start spraying to wash dog in the K9000

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

The Liberals still have not said whether they plan to replace Wang, who stepped aside Wednesday

B.C. woman planned to donate a kidney to her husband, then found out she has cancer

Richard Stuart needs a kidney, his wife Tracy has been diagnosed with cancer

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Most Read