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Posted: January 19, 2020

Elkford rink qualifies for BC Winter Games

Sixteen U16 curling teams have booked their tickets for the BC Winter Games in Fort St John, including Team Smith from Elkford.

Playdowns in Quesnel, Penticton, Lake Cowichan and at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge saw five boys’ teams and one girls’ team qualify for the multi-sport event taking place Feb. 20-23. The curling will be staged at Fort St John Curling Club.

For the boys, all eight zones are fielding teams. All the playdowns wrapped up on Jan. 12. Boys’ teams from Zones 1, 5 and 7 were awarded entries without having to playdown. Zone 1 (Kootenays) is being represented by Team Wolfram from Grand Forks.

For the girls, teams from seven Zones will be represented with the host Zone 8 – Cariboo-North East not fielding a team. The extra berth was awarded to Zone 2 – Thompson/Okanagan.

The event in Fort St John will see two pools for each gender compete in a round robin format with the top teams advancing to playoffs.

During the event, Curl BC is partnering with viaSport and the BC Games Society to run a Coach Mentorship Program. This year’s coach mentor is former competitive player Barb Zbeetnoff.

The following will be representing Zone 1 (Kootenays) in the BC Winter Games: Team Smith from Elkford with Skip Taylor Smith, Third Annaka Rodd, Second Jorja Hamilton, Lead Abigail Talbot and Coach Dustin Smith.

Scores for the BC Winter Games will be available at https://playdowns.curlbc.ca.

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