After much uncertainly due to public health orders impacting events in B.C., the provincial men’s and women’s curling championships will proceed in Kamloops.
However, the title tourneys will take place in one rink and without any fans in attendance.
The championships were initially caught in the mid-December health orders that cancelled all sports tournaments, due to the rising incidence of cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The health order was then amended to exclude high-performance sports tourneys, but even then, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told KTW on Dec. 24 that a final decision had yet to be made.
On Wednesday, Dec. 29, Curl BC confirmed the championships are a go, with a schedule released (below).
The two tourneys will take place at the Kamloops Curling Club, downtown at Victoria Street and Seventh Avenue, from Jan. 4 to Jan. 9.
But a number of changes have been made to the schedule and the venues.
Games will be from the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre to the smaller Kamloops Curling Club.
Spectators who bought tickets will be reimbursed and the round-robin games can be seen online at youtube.com/CurlBCTV, with the semi-finals and finals streamed live at cbccports.ca.
As last year’s BC championships — also schedule to be held in Kamloops — were cancelled due to COVID-19, it has been two years since B.C. curling champions have been crowned on the ice.
There are 14 men’s teams and nine women’s teams competing, with the women’s side including
Team Brown of Kamloops.
That rink represented B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2020 and 2021 and will be looking to return to the women’s national championship, the Scotties, in 2022, which will take place in Thunder Bay from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6.
The men’s national championship, the Brier, will be held in Lethbridge from March 4 to March 13.
Although the dates of the two championships remain the same — Jan. 4 to Jan. 9 — times of draws, playoffs and championships.
2022 Scotties BC Women's Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, and the 2022 BC Men's Curling Championship:
Tuesday, Jan. 4
2 p.m.: Draw 1
7 p.m.: Draw 2
Wednesday, Jan. 5
9 a.m.: Draw 3
2 p.m.: Draw 4
7 p.m.: Draw 5
Thursday, Jan. 6
9 a.m.: Draw 6
2 p.m.: Draw 7
7 p.m.: Draw 8
Friday, Jan. 7
9 a.m.: Draw 9
2 p.m.: Draw 10
7 p.m.: Draw 11/Women’s Page playoffs
Saturday, Jan. 8
9 a.m.: Draw 12/Men’s Page playoffs
2 p.m.: Draw 13/Women’s semifinals
7 p.m.: Draw 14/Men’s semifinals
Sunday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.: Draw 15/Women’s finals
2 p.m.: Draw 16/Men’s finals