Local rink to contend for Pacific Cup

Campbell River Curling Club will be represented when provincial and international curling bragging rights are on the line

Campbell River Curling Club will be represented when provincial and international curling bragging rights are on the line April 15-19 at the Richmond Curling Centre.

The 16th Annual Pacific International Cup features club curling championship teams from all over British Columbia, along with teams from the Yukon, eight U.S. states, Australia, New Zealand, and for the first time—Brazil.

The Pacific International Cup (“The PIC”) is one of the premier curling events in the world for the development of the sport at the grass-roots level.

Only true “club” teams are eligible. It provides B.C. club champions, American state champions, and international club curling teams with an opportunity to showcase their skills, while fostering the social traditions of the game.

The Campbell River women’s club champions, skipped by Lonnie Schopp, qualified for the PIC by winning the Island North division of the B.C. Club Challenge in March in Port Hardy. Schopp is joined by Third Cynthia Lu, Second Gayle Barnowsky, and Lead D’arcy Cato.

At stake for the British Columbia men’s and women’s club champions is a chance to represent the province at the 2015 Travelers Canadian Curling Club Championship in Ottawa this November.

That event—formerly known as The Dominion (which was hosted by Richmond in 2011)—gives club curling teams the chance to play for a national championship, while being treated like the curling stars we see on TV at the Brier, Scotties and Olympics.

Round Robin games begin today at 5 p.m. at the Richmond Curling Centre, and continue all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with the playoffs being held Sunday morning and afternoon.

Admission is free.

Complete schedules, standings and team rosters are available at http://www.picup.ca/home.php