History

The BC Nisei Curling Association was established in Greenwood, BC, in 1964 after a discussion between Nisei curlers in Vancouver, Greenwood and Kamloops. The first bonspiel hosted by the association took place in Greenwood in 1968. After attending the spiel, some Vancouver players decided to start their own league, and the Vancouver Nisei Curling Club was founded in 1968. Kamloops also started a league in the fall of 1968. A contingency fund was established so that the annual bonspiel could be rotated between member clubs. A constitution was also written up. The Vernon Nisei Curling Club was founded in 1989, joining the other clubs of Greenwood/Midway, Vancouver, Hope, Kelowna and Kamloops. The Greenwood rink no longer stands. Currently, the BC Nisei Curling Association consists of the Vancouver, Hope, Kamloops and Vernon/Kelowna clubs.

Many of the founding Nisei members of the association originated from the Wakayama area of Honshu, Japan. Their families had emigrated to Steveston, BC, to fish, and were later deported inland to internment sites during WWII. After the war, these internment sites spawned Nikkei communities, including Tashme, Vernon, Greenwood, Midway, Christina Lake, Lemon Creek, Popoff, Slocan, New Denver, Sandon, Kaslo, Roseberry, Kamloops and Lillooet.

For a list of past Annual BC Nisei Curling Bonspiel results, click here.

For a list of the BC Nisei Curling Association Outstanding Achievements and Contributions recipients, click here.

(All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy. If you can help us fill in any missing information, or if you spot an error, please contact Ian Cockfield at info@bcniseicurling.ca.)

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