Kamloops to host B.C. Curling Championships in 2022

Curl BC will honour its pledge to bring the next B.C. curling championships to Kamloops.

The 2022 B.C. Men’s Curling Curling Championship and Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championship are scheduled to run from Jan. 4 to Jan. 9 on the Olympic ice surface at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, according to a Curl BC press release.

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Kamloops was slated to host the event in 2021, but it was pre-empted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We already have a fantastic committee in place and we look forward to hitting the ground running for 2022,” event co-chair Linda Bolton said in the press release. “The Kamloops business community was very supportive of the 2021 event, so we want to thank them for their efforts and we look forward to working with them again this next season.”

The event is usually held later in January, but in 2022 will take place earlier due to the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, which get underway on Feb. 4.

There will be one open qualification event for the B.C. Scotties, with four berths available. Men’s teams will qualify through five regional playdowns. The B.C. Curling Tour is also an avenue for qualification for men and women.

There are no defending champions in 2022, so no team will qualify based on its status as defending champion.

More information on qualifying berths will be released before July 1.

Meanwhile, the Comox Valley Curling Club will host the 2022 B.C. Junior Curling Championships. The event for under-21 curlers will take place from Feb. 22 to Feb. 27, 2022.

Curl BC released its scheduled for 2021 championships on Monday:

• The 2021 BC Club Championships will take place at Quesnel Curling Centre from Sept. 29-Oct. 3. This event leads to 2021 Everest Canadian Club Championships Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2021, at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in Ontario.

• The 2021 BC Mixed Curling Championship will take place at Kelowna Curling Club from Oct. 5-10, 2021. The event leads to Canadian Mixed nationals Nov. 7-14, 2021, at Canmore Golf & Curling Club in Alberta.

• The 2021 BC Senior Curling Championships will take place at Abbotsford Curling Club from Oct. 19-24, 2021. This event leads to the 2021 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Dec. 6-11, 2021, at Soo Curling Association in Sault St Marie, Ont.

The other 2022 B.C. Championships and qualifiers:

• BC U21 Special Worlds Qualifier – Oct. 28-31 – at Kamloops Curling Club

• BC U15 Challenge Cup – Nov. 5-7 – at Chilliwack Curling Club

• BC U18s – Dec. 28-Jan. 2 – TBA

• BC Stick (2-person stick curling) – Jan. 27-29 – at McArthur Island Curling Club in Kamloops

• BC Wheelchair – Jan. 27-29 – TBD

• BC Mixed Doubles – Feb. 9-13 – at Vernon Curling Club

• BC Masters – Feb. 15-20 – Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster

• BC Winter Games (U16) – Feb. 24-27 – Vernon Curling Club

• 2023 Canada Winter Games Qualifier for Boys and Girls (U18) – Mar. 3-6 – Nanaimo Curling Centre

• BC Mixed – Mar. 10-13 – Kimberley Curling Club

• BC Seniors – Mar. 15-20 – Chilliwack Curling Club

• 2023 Canada Winter Games Qualifier for Mixed Doubles (U20) – Mar. 16-19 – Golden Curling Club

• BC Club Championships – Mar. 24-27 – Trail Curling Club

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