Team Tardi, or at least an abbreviated version of the true Team Tardi, is off to Vancouver Island this weekend.
The two youngest members of the team, skip Tyler Tardi, and third Sterling Middleton, are being joined by Victoria’s Scott Gray (second) and Derek Chandler (lead), in the BC U18 Curling Championships getting underway Thursday in Nanaimo.
The contest runs through Sunday, with eight teams contending for the gold. The winner of this event will go on to compete in the first-ever national U18 event, which takes place in Moncton, N.B. from April 17 to 22.
These championships were previously for curlers 16 years and younger, and it was called the Juvenile Curling Championships. The winners went to the Optimists International U18 Curling event (which featured teams from several provinces – but not all provinces – as well as places like the U.S.A. and Japan).
The format of this week’s new event on the Island is a modified round-robin with pools. To view the end-by-end scores and schedule for the U18 championships, people can visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca.
In the meantime, Tardi and Middleton recently represented Canada at the 2017 VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships (for curlers under the age of 21). These two boys, along with Tyler’s older brother Jordan, Langley’s Nicholas Meister, and alternate Nicholas Rabi came home from Korea without a medal, but they were strong contenders – making it to the tiebreaker for the qualifying round.
CAPTION: Tyler Tardi, 18, is the team skip. He hails from Cloverdale and plays out of the Langley Curling Centre. (Black Press files)
CAPTION: Sterling Middleton, 18, is the third on the team. He hails from Fort St. John, but currently calls Burnaby home and plays primarily out of the Langley Curling Centre. (Langley Advance files)