Manitoba Sports Media legend Robert J. (Bob) Picken was one of a dozen Manitobans honoured Thursday, July 13 for their contributions and accomplishments by investiture in the Order of Manitoba.
Picken, pictured with Curling Canada Chair-Elect Resby Coutts after the ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature, was recognized for a sports media career spanning six decades as well as for his contributions to the Manitoba sports community.
Among many, Picken’s resume includes a term as President of the Manitoba Curling Association. He was the World Curling Federation’s first Media Relations Officer.
Bob Picken is recognized as a mentor by a long list of sports journalists and broacasters who have worked in Manitoba during the span of his career.
The complete listing of the 12 new members of the Order of Manitoba, including an outline of their accomplishments, can be found on the website of Her Honour Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon (http://www.manitobalg.ca/twelve-manitobans-receive-order-manitoba-july-13/).
For Immediate Release
July 4, 2017
CurlManitoba has announced five Scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 season. Four $1,500 CurlManitoba scholarships have been awarded under the Curling For Life Endowment Fund Scholarship Program. In addition, the annual Edna Moffat Spirit of Youth Scholarship of $1,000 has also been awarded.
The four CurlManitoba scholarship recipients for 2016-17 are: Robert Gordon (Winnipeg), Mackenzie Zacharias (Altona), Kathryn Cullen (Beasejour) and Lauryn Kuzyk (Dauphin).
The Curling For Life Endowment allocates interest annually towards 4 scholarships. CurlManitoba continues to focus on initiatives to raise funds for the Endowment fund. Interest from the fund is allocated annually to three priority areas: scholarships, development programs, and promotion of the sport of curling. The fund is managed on behalf of CurlManitoba by the Winnipeg Foundation. Contributions to the Curling for Life Endowment Fund can be made through the Winnipeg Foundation website (https://wpgfdn.tng-secure.com/?pageId=donation-edit&categoryId=3882) or by cheque to Curling For Life Endowment Fund, c/o CurlManitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2Z6.
This year’s recipient of the Edna Moffat Spirit of Youth Scholarship is Hanne Jensen. The $1,000 scholarship is available to any junior woman curler in Manitoba. It is funded through a trust fund established by the family of the former Manitoba Ladies Curling Association Past President and Honourary Life Member.
A Friday night showdown will determine the 16th and final entries into the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada.
On the Friday night prior to the opening of round-robin play at both events, the top two teams from the Canadian Team Ranking System that didn’t qualify out of their provincial/territorial championships will get a second chance at qualifying for the Canadian championship.
It’ll be a Wild Card Friday that will get the championship week at both events off to an exciting start, said Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson.“We did extensive consultation with our Member Associations, the athletes and our partners at TSN, Tim Hortons and Kruger and everyone agreed that this was an ideal and positive solution to the issue of determining the 16th entry into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier,” said Henderson. “The new 16-team format ensures every Member Association is participating from the beginning of the week, and also ensures that a quality field is in place in order to determine a Canadian team to wear the Maple Leaf and play for a world championship.”
The pre-qualifying format, introduced in 2014, was voted out by Curling Canada’s Member Associations at the 2015 Annual General Meeting, and a 16-team, two-pool format was approved by the same Member Associations a year later.It was determined then that the 14 Member Associations and Team Canada would be part of the field, with discussions to follow to determine the 16th team.
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Brandon University Athletics is proud to announce their 2017 Wall of Fame inductees, which includes eight individuals and two teams. The Dick and Verda McDonald Sports Wall of Fame is located on the second level of BU's Healthy Living Centre. The display features team pictures, artifacts, and uniforms from past teams and athletes of Brandon University and Brandon College.
Congratulations to all of this year's inductees, which include three people with ties to our curling community (may be inducted because of other accomplishments):
Neil Andrews Community Leader: Football (1965-1966)
Karen Dunbar (nee Anderson) Athlete: Basketball, Field Hockey (1968-1972)
Ron Westcott Community Leader: Curling (1965-1969)
Click here for more details on all inductees.
CurlManitoba has been working with Curling Canada to create an action plan to lobby Bell and Rogers as well as the MP’s associated with the Sport Channel rate hike. It is our hope that with all curlers, curling club and Member Associations support through ongoing effort we can achieve traction to lower these rates for Curling Clubs.
Rogers and Bell recently increased fees paid for cable packages that include TSN and Sportsnet by licensed establishments with capacity over 100 people. Establishments licensed for seating for 100-200 people are facing an increase of approximately $300 per month to continue to show TSN and Sportsnet, in addition to their regular cable or satellite fees. This will ensure that an average location of this size would be facing an approximate $270 per month or $3,240 annual fee. Larger 300-seat locations will be charged $400 per month above basic cable prices.
TSN and Rogers argue "Live sports programming attracts big audiences to public viewing establishments, such as bars and restaurants. For many years, these venues have paid rates for sports content that were not reflective of the benefits they’ve enjoyed, due to the high volume of patrons that gather to watch sports and the revenue it generates for these establishments. Our new commercial package aligns with the value sports services bring to these establishments.”
HOW THIS AFFECTS CURLING CLUBS
Curling Canada has confirmed that community based curling clubs are going to be subject to the same fees applied to for profit bars and restaurants - fees which on annual basis could range anywhere from $3,000.00 to $5,000.00. While those numbers may not seem significant to corporate executives at Rogers and Bell, they will have a pronounced impact on our clubs across the country.
Utilities as a whole make up 30% of all expenses for curling rinks. This represents a major drain on curling club financial resources. The new fees Rogers and Bell are charging will literally make it difficult to keep the lights on for some facilities.
Curling clubs are unique. Putting them in the same category of sports bars and restaurants doesn’t make sense. Subjecting them to sports package fees aim at for-profit sports bars is unreasonable. We want to ensure that cable fees don’t unfairly harm your local curling center.
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