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Vancouver Island teams win B.C. seniors curling gold medals
Seven was indeed a lucky number for the winning team's at the 2014 Tim Hortons B.C. Senior Curling Championships, which ran Feb. 17-22 at the Comox Valley Curling Centre.
Wes Craig (Victoria) swept through the round robin undefeated at 7-0 and beat Craig Lepine (Peace Arch) 8-5 in Saturday afternoon's final to win the men's title while Penny Shantz (Parksville) also went 7-0 and earned a bye to Saturday afternoon's final, where she defeated Lisa Deputan (Chillliwack) 4-3 to earn the ladies' title.
Curling with skip Craig were third Blair Cusack, second Tony Anslow and lead Kevin Britt. Joining skip Shantz were third Sandra Jenkins, second Debbie Pulak and lead Kate Horne.
"The competition was fierce, the army of volunteers everywhere and the hundreds of supporting fans who showed up to watch the games throughout the week, all contributed to making the championships a tremendous success," said host committee chair Judy Francis.
"The visiting curlers and their families from across the province were totally impressed with the warm welcome and hospitality they received from everyone both at the Comox Valley Curling Centre and throughout the Comox Valley.
"They dined in our restaurants, shopped in our stores and thanks to the beautiful weather, were able to really get out and enjoy the many walkways and sights of the Comox Valley."
Francis said the Comox Valley Curling Centre was definitely the place to be for the week and not only do we have gold medals to celebrate with the amazing performances of our Olympic athletes, we also have two gold medals from our Vancouver Island ladies' and men's teams as well.
"Congratulations to our curlers, sponsors, volunteers, fans and the entire Comox Valley. You are all winners!" Francis said.