Langley played host to the BC Wheelchair Curling Championships last January, and again this year. The action gets underway first thing Friday morning and wraps up with the finals Sunday morning at Langley Curling Centre. (Black Press files)

BC’s best wheelchair curlers compete in Langley

A three-day provincial championship gets underway at Langley Curling Centre on Friday.

Langley is ready to host the provincial wheelchair curling championship starting tomorrow.

Langley Curling Centre will be the site of a number of B.C.’s best wheelchair curlers this weekend for the 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship.

Three teams will be competing from Friday, Jan. 4 to 6 for the title of best in B.C.: Richmond’s Team Neighbour (Darryl Neighbour, Bob MacDonald, Gary Cormack, Janice Ing), Quesnel’s Team Duddy (Alison Duddy, Frank LaBounty, Ellis Tull, Vince Miele), and Kelowna, Langley, Marpole and Richmond’s Team Austgarden (Gerry Austgarden, Rick Robinson, Tracy Boyd, Marney Smithies).

The three competing skips are all former B.C. and Canadian champions.

Neighbour, Duddy, and Austgarden have all won the BC Wheelchair Curling Championships various times during the past 14 years.

They also have experience playing together on the same team, most recently winning the 2015 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship along with Frank LaBounty.

In addition, Neighbour is a two-time world champion (2009, 2011) and he, Austgarden,and Cormack have all won Paralympic gold (Austgarden and Cormack in 2006, Neighbour in 2010).

Round-robin play begins on Friday Jan. 4 at 9 a.m.

The finals take place on Sunday Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.

This season, Curling Canada is piloting a 14-team Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship. The 14 teams will include those from 10 member associations committed to sending a team (of which B.C. is one), a host team, and the top-three-ranked teams from 2018.

As B.C. won bronze at the 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, B.C. will be sending two teams (the top two teams from the 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship) to compete at the 2019 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que. from April 26 to May 1.

Live scores, schedules,and standings from the 2019 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship will be available at playdowns.curlbc.ca.

The event is free for spectators to attend at the George Preston Recreation Centre, 208th Street and 42nd Avenue in the Brookswood neighbourhood of Langley.

Just Posted

Painful Truth: No one person can save our world

What will save the world is countless numbers of people doing their part.

LETTER: Langley/Surrey shortchanged on transit for Vancouver

Funding to get SkyTrain to Langley City could come from not undergrounding Vancouver’s extension.

LETTER: Area letter writer puts Trump government shutdown in perspective

A Maple Ridge letter writer is critical of Hillary Clinton’s comments about the shutdown.

LETTER: Langley man believes immigrants get too many taxpayer resources

A letter writer says seniors, veterans and others deserve funds before newcomers.

Our View: Langley indebted to longtime MP

MP Mark Warawa has devoted several years to public service.

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Ex-Mountie investigating ‘Surrey six’ murders pleads guilty to obstruction

Derek Brassington entered his plea in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

RECALL: Salmon Village maple salmon nuggets

Customers warned not to eat product due to possible Listeria contamination

More than 100,000 toxic toys named in Canada-wide recall

Plastic doll contains levels of phthalates over allowable limit and may pose chemical hazard

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

UPDATE: Motorists concerned for dog running loose on Coquihalla

Drivers are warning to watch for a dog running spotted running down Highway 5

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

Parents in this B.C. city can no longer opt kids out of class for personal beliefs

Change comes as part of ‘big overhaul’ of school district’s learning resources policy approved by board

Most Read