Curl BC has announced its championship schedule with hopes of a much more robust season ahead.
It will begin with the Quesnel Curling Club hosting the 2021 BC Club Championships starting Sept. 29. This event determines qualifying for the 2021 Everest Canadian Club Championship in Ottawa.
The 2021 BC Mixed Championship will take place at the Kelowna Curling Club Oct. 5 to 10. This will be a qualifier for the Canadian Mixed Nationals, Nov. 7 to 14 in Canmore.
The BC Senior Championships will be in Abbotsford, Oct. 19 to 24. It’s followed by the 2021 Canadian Senior Championships, taking place Dec. 6 to 11 in Sault St. Marie, Ont.
The 2021 fall championship schedule will conclude with the BC U21 Special Worlds Qualifier (Oct. 28 to 31 – at the Kamloops Curling Club), BC U15 Challenge Cup (Nov. 5 to 7 – at Chilliwack Curling Club) and the BC U18s (Dec. 28 to Jan. 2).
The new year will begin with the biggest of them all, the 2022 Scotties BC Women’s Championship, presented by Best Western and the 2022 BC Men’s Curing Championship, both taking place in Kamloops, Jan. 4 to 9.
The 2022 event is a little earlier than normal due to the Olympic schedule pushing national events ahead.
It is not yet known if COVID-19 safety protocols such as mask-wearing and social distancing will be required for these championships, however, it is not anticipated that these will be “bubble” events.
“We look forward to returning to competition in 2021/22 and working with municipalities, curlers and volunteers from across B.C. to make these championships a success,” said Curl BC CEO Scott Braley.Locally, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Tunnel Town Curling Club in Tsawwassen closing for the entire 2020/21 season. Delta Thistle Club in North Delta did remain open for limited play