JUAN DE FUCA CURLING CENTRE
In 1973 the electoral districts of Colwood, Langford and Metchosin, all western communities of Victoria, passed a referendum to build an eight sheet curling club. The Juan de Fuca Curling Club (as it was known then) was formed in 1975. The club is located in the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. The rink consists of eight sheets of artificial ice, complete with licensed lounge and viewing area.
Our first club president was Jim Swanson.
Many curlers came from local clubs and many more from the western communities who had not thrown a rock since their school days after moving from the prairies. These folks became our skips and thirds. The remaining spots on the teams were made up of brand new curlers who took to the ice with no more than an explanation of an in and out turn. All leagues filled up very quickly. Monday afternoon was the Monday Mommas with a double draw for the men in the evening. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons was an out of the hat two day ladies league and the evenings of these days were filled with mixed leagues. On Wednesday afternoons there was another ladies league followed by the business ladies. Friday evenings were devoted to a 32 team league that alternated early and late draws. Saturdays the juniors took over the ice. At this time we had no qualified coaches so for several years they were basically on their own with adult supervision. Many Saturday evenings were taken up with shortie spiels hosted by various leagues trying to encourage new curlers to join the club. Sunday afternoon was the Belmont Park league which eventually moved to the evening.
There were no bonspiels to start as all leagues and curlers were busy establishing their own leagues. The bonspiels started the following year with the men’s in October, ladies Hollyspiel in December and the mixed in February. The mixed was so popular there was a long waiting list.
Today, the Curling Centre continues to encourage curling at all levels of interest and abilities and serves the West Shore Community with Men’s, Ladies, Mixed, Senior’s, and Junior Leagues. At the start of every season, there is a Curl Canada instruction clinic held to allow novice curlers to refresh their skills and to be integrated into leagues and to allow intermediate players to hone their skills before the start of the new season. New members and beginners are always welcome.
Important Years in our History:
- 1973 – The electoral districts of Colwood, Langford and Metchosin, all western communities of Victoria, passed a referendum to build an eight sheet curling club
- 1975 – The first curling leagues commenced to play
- 1984 – Team Christine Stevenson wins BC Junior Women’s Curling Championships
- 1990 – The Curling Centre hosts the BC Scott Tournament of Hearts
- 1991 – The Julie Sutton team wins the Canadian Championships
- 1991 – Ray Orr wins B.C. Legion Championship
- 1992 – The Julie Sutton team win bronze at the Olympics where curling was a demonstration sport
- 1992 – The Julie Sutton team return to Canadian Championships as Team Canada
- 1996 – Hosted the Junior Women’s Provincial Curling Championships
- 1997 – Team Jerry Stevenson wins BC Masters Men’s Curling Championships
- 1998 – Team Kevin Dey wins BC Junior Men’s Curling Championships
- 1999 – Team Pat Sanders wins BC Women’s Curling Championship
- 1999 – Jerry Stevenson wins BC Master Men’s Curling Championship
- 2003 – Hosted the BC Senior Women’s Provincial Curling Championships
- 2004 – Hosted the Karcher Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships
- 2009 – Team Pat Sanders wins World Senior Women’s Curling Championships
- 2011 – Team Christine Jurgenson wins World Senior Women’s Curling Championships
- 2012 – Members vote to change the Juan de Fuca Curling Club to the Juan de Fuca Curling Centre
- 2015 – Marked the 40th year of curling at Juan de Fuca Curling Centre!
The Curling Centre is proud to partner with the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, which offers the opportunity to enjoy the curling facilities with a mini spiel or corporate event. Curling is the ideal activity for staff outings, team building events, or just a good time with friends.
The Juan de Fuca Curling Centre is especially proud of its long-standing memberships – curlers who have been there since the day the curling centre opened and who have always stood up to the plate in volumes when it comes to volunteering within their own club or at clubs in our area who are hosting major events. We are a proud family at Juan de Fuca and we welcome all newcomers who wish to join us to try the ‘roaring game’ and make it a family affair for years to come.