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Vernon Curling Club rink takes aim at Canadian title

Tyler Orme foursome representing B.C. in 14-team men’s national event in Winnipeg
The Vernon Curling Club foursome of Tyler Orme (from left), Trevor Perepolkin, Jamie Austin, and Rob Nobert will represent B.C. at the Everest Canadian Men’s and Women’s Curling Club Championships in Winnipeg starting Sunday, Nov. 20. ( photo)

A Vernon rink is among the field in the men’s draw at the 2023 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships, whichs begin Sunday, Nov. 19, in Winnipeg.

The quartet of Tyler Orme (skip), Trevor Perepolkin (third), Jamie Austin (second) and Rob Nobert (lead) will be representing B.C., having won the provincial title in Abbotsford in April.

The B.C. champs will play Nunavut in their opening game Monday, Nov. 20.

The Canadian Curling Club Championships began in 2009 in Toronto. Since then, Ontario teams have won the men’s title four times, while Alberta has three, B.C. and Saskatchewan have each claimed two titles and Newfoundland & Labrador and Nova Scotia each have one.

Vernon’s Darrent Heath made it to the championship game at the inaugural event, falling to an Ontario team in the final. Heath was joined by Kevin Geistlinger, Danny Colton, and Kevin Pickering.

On the women’s side, Manitoba leads the way with four championships, followed by Ontario and Alberta with three apiece, and Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Northern Ontario with single championships.

B.C. will be represented in Winnipeg by Roselyn Craig of Duncan, who throws second stones.

Fourteen men’s teams and 14 women’s teams are slated to compete. The fields divided into two pools of seven teams and the women’s will have one pool of seven and one pool of six. After the round robin, the top three teams in each pool will make a modified double-knockout playoffs, which begin Thursday, Nov. 23, and conclude with the gold- and bronze-medal games on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The annual For the Love of Curling fundraising challenge to benefit youth curling across Canada will once again be a part of the 2023 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships. Teams will be involved in fundraising, and the teams that raise the most money for junior curling will earn up to a $2,100 grant for their home clubs.

Live-streaming coverage of selected games at the 2023 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships will be available on Curling Canada’s streaming platform, Curling Canada + as well as on TSN+.


The 2023 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships run Dec. 3-9 at the Vernon Curling Club.

B.C. is represented on the women’s side by Diane Gushulak of Vancouver, and Wes Craig of Duncan on the men’s draw. There will also be 14 men’s and 14 women’s rinks in Vernon taking part, with the two Canadian champions advancing to the 2024 World Championships in Sweden.

Men and women will compete together on the ice in Vernon. The first draw is Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., and the second draw at 8 p.m.

The men’s final on Saturday, Dec. 9, will be at 12 p.m., followed by the ladies gold-medal match at 3:30 p.m.

Passes are available at the Vernon Curling Club. A week-long pass, good for every draw, including the finals, is $75. A day pass is $20 and single-draw passes are $10.

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Roger Knox

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