Chilliwack has been named the host community for two provincial curling championships for next year.
Both the 2023 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship and the 2023 BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at the Chilliwack Curling Club, Curl BC announced on March 29.
“These two championships are our flagship events,” said Scott Braley, CEO of Curl BC. “These championships attract the best curlers in B.C., people who have trained for many, many years – and the level of play will be something to see.”
As chair of the host committee and Chilliwack Curling Club manager, Bruce Renwick said he’s excited to be a part of the championships.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming curlers from all over the province, and seeing some really thrilling games,” Renwick said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase both our club and facility, and the great city of Chilliwack and the amazing relationship we have with council and city staff.”
While this is Chilliwack’s first BC Men’s and Scotties, the city has been no stranger to curling events. In 2016, it hosted the BC Juniors, and in the last five months alone, it has welcomed the 2021 U16 Challenge Cup, the 2022 BC Seniors Championship, and the 2023 Canada Winter Games qualifiers.
“We are pleased that Chilliwack has been selected to host the 2023 BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships,” said Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove. “Our curling facility was recently built in 2018, and it is designed to accommodate events of this calibre.”
Teams will qualify for the events through the BC Women’s and BC Men’s Curling Tours and through qualifying events. The defending champions from last year’s events in Kamloops will qualify as long as three out of four players from the teams remain the same.
The winning men’s team from next year’s Chilliwack event will go on to compete at the 2023 Tim Hortons Brier in London, Ont. The winning women’s team will compete at the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which will take place in Kamloops.