Nisei curling roots are deeply embedded within many communities throughout British Columbia. In 1967 a challenge went out and many curlers of Japanese descent answered the call to gather in Greenwood and Midway to decide which teams were the best Nisei curlers in BC. After many games in the small (two and three-sheet) country curling rinks, copious amounts of beverages, sumptuous bento boxes and dinners, and hours of laughter and good times, winners were eventually declared. The drives home for the tired curlers and hosts must have been particularly arduous!
What also emerged was a consensus that this bonspiel was something special and there was a strong desire to keep this event going. Leaders from within the Nisei curling communities scattered through BC agreed to ensure this would become an annual spring event with the opportunity for various communities to serve as hosts. Spurred on by the prospect of camaraderie and great competition on the ice, the community leadership and volunteers within each community where the event was held were determined to make each year at least as good as, or better than, the year before.
To remember these remarkable accomplishments, on the occasion of the 50th Annual BC Nisei Curling Bonspiel, all former and current community centres agreed to establish a Wall of Honour recognizing and honoring special individuals that through their athleticism, participation, volunteerism and other forms of support made the annual bonspiels possible and special.
When thoughts turned to whose names should be installed on this Wall of Honour, many worthy individuals sprung to mind. It quickly became evident that the list could be long and the choices very difficult. For that reason, a nominating committee has been established that is populated with representatives from many of the communities.
The inaugural list will be announced during the 50th Annual BC Nisei Curling Bonspiel, taking place in Vancouver on April 13-16, 2017!
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.Wall of Honour