2020 International Tankard
The 2020 International Tankard is officially cancelled.
After careful consultation with involved curling governing bodies, we have determined it is in the best interest of all to cancel the 2020 International Tankard. The decision was the most difficult we have had to make in our 58 year history, but the health and well- being of our participants, volunteers, the host club staff and guests remains the top priority.
It may seem like we have had a slow response to the Covid-19 outbreak but we had to contact a number of the groups involved. First, there was our equal partner in this endeavor, the Washington State Curling Association (WASCA), followed by the CurlBC Region 11 Committee, then the Nanaimo Curling Club Host Committee and finally the Chilliwack Curling Club Host Committee.
Cancel this year’s Tankard. All the upcoming International Tankards will be pushed back one year. In other words, the Chilliwack Tankard will be pushed back to 2021, Seattle to 2022, Nanaimo to 2023 and the 2024 host site is still open for bid by any curling center in Regions 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Chilliwack will retain the partial payment already in their possession and to be used for next year’s Tankard. They will receive the rest of the payment next year.
… For those participants who have already received a 2020 International Tankard Crest, keep them. You now have a unique memento of the Tankard that never was. …
Keep your social distance, wash your hands, sneeze or cough into your elbow and perhaps we can “flatten the curve”.
Ross and Katherine Johnson, Members of the BC International Tankard Committee
MoPac is proud to announce the 2020 International Tankard attendees.
Unfortunately, the 2020 International Tankard event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Tankard was scheduled to take place March 27-29, 2020 at the Chilliwack Curling Club in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.
In addition to the International Tankard the attendees along with the Honored Volunteers listed below are recognized as the 2020 Timothy Max Irish Volunteer Service Award recipients. Their contributions to their respective clubs and the region as a whole are greatly appreciated!!
- Jeff Salmans, (Boise Curling Club)
- Greg Basrak, (Park City Curling Club)
- Brent Halpenny, (Granite Curling Club of California, Silicon Valley Curling Club, San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club)
- Richard Lazarowich, (Granite Curling Club of California)
- Bruce Johnson (Wine Country Curling Club)
- Timarie Shelton (Wine Country Curling Club)
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 honor club volunteers by sending them to this event. Six teams from each Association meet in a friendly competition with Canadian teams meeting 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.