The International Tankard is a legacy event from the old Pacific Coast Curling Association (PCCA) and was passed onto Curl BC’s Region 11. It started in 1962 and was an unwritten agreement between the PCCA and the Washington State Curling Association (WSCA). The first Tankard was held in Victoria, BC. The agreement was to honour club volunteers by sending them to this event. Six teams from each Association meet in a friendly competition with Canadian teams meeting only American teams. Each team plays 3 games. That tradition continues to present day. The rotation of the event is two years in BC and one year at the Seattle Granite Club. The BC selection of host club is awarded by Region 11’s International Tankard Committee while WSCA is responsible for the event when held in the United States.
MoPac coordinates nominations and selects by committee the region’s representatives to the Tankard. Look out for worthy volunteers from your home club and encourage their nomination to attend this special event, to be recognized and participate in a weekend of friendly competition and curling fellowship! The nomination cycle typically begins in January.
The program for the weekend generally follows these traditions:
- Friday night there is no competition, but registration and a meet and greet at the host curling facility.
- Saturday has the opening ceremonies with anthems, speeches, first rock and a group photograph.
- Each team plays two games on Saturday and one game on Sunday. The games are of eight ends however, at the end of the fourth, there is a broom stack and the teams move the lounge for a libation.
- On Saturday night, there is a banquet organized by the host curling club.
- Sunday’s Closing Ceremonies are a simple affair with presentation of the International Tankard to the winners and presentation of the International Tankard Banner to the next year’s host club. Everyone then joins hands in the singing of Auld Lang Syne and says their goodbyes.
MoPac Additional Honor
In 2018, the MoPac Board added a new honor for those nominated for the International Tankard from the MoPac region: The Timothy Max Irish Volunteer Service Award. This award is given by MoPac to volunteers nominated by their home clubs for excellent service to curling, named in memory of Tim Irish. Tim was known as a dedicated, hardworking, selfless and earnest man who gave tirelessly to the curling community, helping to grow the sport throughout our entire region. Those who receive this award reflect his dedication and exuberance for curling.