Kamloops Brown team holds the trophy
Curl BC withdrew the record for the 2021 BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships scheduled to be held in Kamloops at the end of the month after Dr Henry extended the ban on gatherings and events on Thursday.
British Columbia’s top teams were scheduled to meet at the Olympic ice at McArthur Island from Jan. 26-31, with the winners advancing to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary later in the year.
Since travel restrictions in British Columbia have been extended until Feb. 5, along with group sport restrictions still in place, Curl BC says sees no other option but to cancel the event.
“The safety of our athletes and volunteers is a top priority. We were hoping that any effort to bend the curve would result in fewer cases of Covid-19 in the province and more opportunities for people to compete, ”said Scott Braley, CEO of Curl BC, in a press release. “However, the numbers are still a lot higher than anyone would like – and it will be difficult for clubs to stay open – so the best thing to do is to cancel. ”
The winners of the 2020 British Columbia Curling Championship will therefore represent British Columbia’s place at the 2021 Nationals.
Kamloops’ Brown team of Corryn Brown, Erin Pincott, Dezaray Hawes and Samantha Fisher will compete in the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.
And the Laycock team, from Kelowna and Vernon, represented by Steve Laycock, Andrew Nerpin, Rick Sawatsky and Jim Cotter (of Kamloops) will travel to Calgary to compete for British Columbia in the Tim Hortons Brier.
“We wish Team Brown and Team Laycock the best of luck at the Nationals. We know these teams will represent British Columbia well, ”added Braley in a press release. “While we couldn’t give everyone who wanted to participate the opportunity to compete this year, we sincerely hope that you will re-enter next year.”
Curl BC would like to thank the City of Kamloops and its Committee Chairs, Linda Bolton and Brenda Nordin, and their team for the work and support that went into organizing this event.
Curl BC will also cancel the 2021 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which had previously been postponed from February 10 to 14 in Chilliwack.
Much like the national championships, 2020 British Columbia Mixed Doubles Curling Championship winners Steph Jackson-Baier and Corey Chester will represent British Columbia in the still-scheduled central city of Calgary.
“We also wish the Jackson-Baier / Chester team the best of luck,” Braley said in a press release.