Team Brown’s exploits last season make the Kamloops Curling Centre rink a worthy recipient of Curl BC’s 2020 Adult Team of the Year Award.
Skip Corryn Brown, lead Ashley Klymchuk, second Dezaray Hawes and third Erin Pincott won the women’s provincial championship in February in Cranbrook, earning gold after finishing second and third in 2019 and 2018, respectively.
The quartet, coached by Allison MacInnes, followed with an impressive debut at the national championship in Moose Jaw, advancing to the Championship Pool and placing sixth with a 5-6 record.
“It was really great to be recognized for all the hard work we put in last year,” Brown said. “We went really hard, curled a lot out of province. It’s a real honour to be recognized by Curl BC for what we did last year.”
Brown, back-to-back champions of the B.C. Women’s Curling Tour, earned about $30,000 last season, about $11,000 more than its 2018-2019 total.
The team finished the campaign eighth in Canadian Team Ranking System points, making it the No. 1 ranked B.C. rink in Canada.
“I think I speak for all of us when I say the B.C. Scotties was pretty incredible,” said Brown, whose squad was also Curl BC’s adult team of the year in 2018. “And finishing eighth in CTRS, a B.C. team hasn’t done that for years. It really proved we belong with those top-tier teams.
“Getting that [national] Scotties necklace, it’s something we aspire to get when we are little kids, so that moment was like, ‘OK, we made it.’”
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on 2020-2021 curling schedules across the country.
Two fall B.C. Women’s Curling Tour events — the Torchlight Brewing Classic in Trail and Prestige Hotels and Resorts Classic in Vernon — have been cancelled, along with a pair of significant spiels in Alberta.
No CTRS points will be handed out prior to Oct. 31, the system suspension announced on July 23.
Brown’s first action of the season could come at its home-club tournament, the Kamloops Crown of Curling, which is slated to run from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25 at the KCC.
“A lot of people will be willing to play even if it’s not worth [CTRS] points,” Brown said. “There is a very limited amount of opportunity to get any experience. We’re going to take any opportunity we can to play.”
Money and Provincial Team Ranking System points will be up for grabs if the event takes place, but the points will be of little concern to Team Brown.
The Kamloops rink has already qualified for the 2021 B.C. Scotties based on its standing as defending champion.
Both the men’s and women’s provincial curling championships are scheduled to run from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 on the Olympic ice at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.
Kamloops product Jim Cotter, the 2020 B.C. men’s champion, has also qualified.
The provincial men’s title winner will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier in Kelowna, while the women’s champ will secure a spot at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay.