Team Sato beat Ontario 7-2 to win the Men’s Curling championship at the 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer, AB, in March. Here they are after the win (L-R: Hayato Sato, Skip; Joshua Miki, Third; Dawson Ballard, Second; Troy Chong, Lead; and their coach, Bryan Miki, far left). They curl out of the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, BC. Congratulations to all!
The Vancouver Nisei Curling Club presented Tony Imai with a plaque recognizing his 51 years of consecutive membership at the AGM on March 30, 2019.
“In the spring of 1968, Nisei curlers from the Lower Mainland and the Interior gathered in Greenwood for the first BC Nisei Bonspiel. One of the curlers in the spiel was a young university student by the name of Tony Imai. That fall, the Vancouver Nisei Curling Club formally launched its first season. Tony was one of its inaugural members. And he has curled in every season since then.”
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Roy Tateyama Memorial Award. This award is given annually to honour a current or past member of the Vancouver Nisei Curling Club who has demonstrated exceptional service and support to the Vancouver Nisei Curling Club. Nominations will be taken from the current members, and the recipient chosen by a panel that will include the current Executive and Jim Tateyama and Lenny Tateyama. The award will be presented at the Wind-Up Banquet on April 23, 2016. To nominate someone, please fill out this form and submit it to a member of the Executive by April 3, 2016.
Congratulations to Team Imai (Skip Tony Imai, Third Ruby Maeno, Second Pat Maihara, Lead Ken Ichiiwa) who beat out Team Nishi (Skip Ben Nishi, Third Arlene Yoshida, Second Dennis Matsui, Lead Richard Nomura) in a fierce battle on Sunday, Feb. 7, to become this year’s Vancouver Nisei Grand Aggregate winner.
Team Tardi won decisively (8-3) against Team McCrady on Jan. 3, 2016, in Kamloops to clinch the BC Junior Provincial spot. At the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championship in Stratford, ON, at the end of January, Team Tardi came in third, after losing their semifinal game in an extra end against Team Manitoba, who went on to win the championship. Daniel Wenzek (second from left), son of Peter and Cindy Wenzek of the Vancouver Nisei League, plays Third for Team Tardi. He won the Balance Plus Fair Play Award for his position at the nationals. Visit www.teamtardicurling.ca for more information about the team. Congratulations Daniel!!