It was an exciting four days at the Richmond Curling Club from November 7 to 10, 2012, when the 6th Annual International Wheelchair Bonspiel - 2012 Canadian Open Tournament was hosted by the RCD there.
Congratulation to the Winners:
On November 7, the Opening Ceremony was spectacular when our Piper led the parade onto the ice. The six teams were full of anticipation. There was a huge cheer when Mayor Malcolm Brodie of City of Richmond threw the ceremonious rock to officially open the competition.
There were some last minute changes to the final draw schedule; nonetheless everything went smoothly with great contribution and assistance from Chief Umpires Scott and April Mol, Volunteer Coordinator Bob Boisvert, Bonspiel Organizing Committee Chair Vince Miele and all the Rock Cleaners who were volunteers from the Richmond Curling Club’s Masters Men’s League.
For the Last Rock Reception on November 9, 2012, the atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable. We thanked Mr. John Yap, MLA Richmond-Steveston, who came to give an encouraging and welcoming remark to all the athletes.
The Playoffs on November 10 were beyond exciting. The rivalry for the Bronze Medal between Canada Wilds and Quebec took them to a tie after 7 ends. The outcome was decided by a draw to the button by each team. Everyone was holding their breath until the rock from Quebec came closer to the button and they won.
For Closing and Aware Ceremony, we thanked Mayor Malcolm Brodie and City Councillor Mr. Bill McNulty of the City of Richmond helped us to give out the prizes and medals to the winners. It was a wonderful event, not only in its competitive spirits, but also the bonding between athletes is awesome.
Finally, special thank you to all the members of the Bonspiel Organizing Committee, Ceremony MC Joe Krapeic, Volunteer Photographer Andrew Annuar, Richmond Curling Club Chef Team and all the volunteers.
Click here to view the Final Team Roster.
Click here to view the Canadian Open Final Draw Schedule.
Click here to view the Playoff Schedule.
Click here to view the Canadian Open Final Result Standings.
To view Photo Gallery: