Blind curlers win provincials – move on to westerns

100 Mile House blind curling team class of the province


100 Mile House blind curlers made a clean sweep at the 2013 West Coast Blind Curling Association Provincial Playdowns, securing a berth at the Western Blind Curling Association Championships scheduled for March in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The provincial competition was held Jan. 4-5 in Prince George with 100 Mile House, Kelowna, Vancouver and Prince George all vying for one of two available spots. Prince George qualified for the other one.

Representing 100 Mile House were skip Jim Vinson, lead Katelyn Vanderburgh, second Marilyn Vinson, and third Lori Fry. Kathy Sanness was the team spare and Joey Seiler was their sighted guide. Ken Moore and Marg Gammie provided coaching prior to the competition.

The teams played each other once, resulting in three wins for 100 Mile House and a total point count of 60. Prince George ended the playdowns with 39 points, Kelowna had 36 and Vancouver had 31.

“It was quite amazing,” says skip Vinson.

“A lot of times in practice, a couple of us would be on our game, but this weekend everyone made the shots they needed to, when they needed to.”

Pre-competition practices focused on where each individual had to improve and Vinson says they will continue on that path in preparing for the western challenge.

He says the team owes their success to Moore and Gammie.

“It was so huge to have Ken and Marg helping us. There’s no way we could have done it without them.”

The win at playdowns also qualified the 100 Mile House team to compete at the national Canadian Council of the Blind Canadian Visually Impaired Curling Championships in Ottawa in February 2014.

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