May 26, 2016
To our valued MCT supporters and curlers
I would like to first briefly introduce myself to you. My name is Curtis Atkins, President of the Manitoba Curling Tour elected 2016. I grew up in curling clubs all over Manitoba. I have participated in junior programs, high school curling, the MCT and WCT circuit my whole life. Curling has been not only an extracurricular activity for me but also a lifelong passion.
Upon hearing about Resby’s transition into the CCA I had dabbled at the idea of volunteering my time to our curling community. It wasn’t until I had shared the idea with my curling friends and family that I took action. I had overwhelming support on the idea of possibly being involved with the MCT. A few emails exchanged with past president Resby Coutts eventually led to public meetings with other likeminded individuals. I was eventually elected as Tour President and gladly accepted the daunting position. I must say I am quite excited about the venture.
Luckily my volunteer position came with more volunteers; Keith Doherty accepted position of Vice- president and Justin Twiss as Secretary. As the transition was being made, we were fortunate enough to bring on Kevin Wiebe as our website guru and marketing master. After a few team meetings, and the decision to bring on a female representative, Lisa DeRiviere happily agreed to come on board and volunteer her time.
I assure you we have been hard at work this past month and a half. Our brand new mobile friendly website is up and running! Our schedule is set! We have had overwhelming support from clubs, bonspiel coordinators and league chairmen. As you can imagine putting all these details together is time consuming. We plan to release our schedule of events as early as the first week of June!
There are more exciting changes to the MCT for the upcoming season. All bonspiels will be registered with the World Curling Tour, allowing teams to collect CTRS points! There have been two competitive leagues expressing interest in multi week bonspiels, which will also award CTRS points. An ambitious idea we are working to confirm is the elimination of the entry fee completely from the MCT Championship, meaning the top 16 point earners will be playing for sponsored money and a berth into the Provincial Championships. Another change we have made and something we would like to continue moving forward with is an MCT schedule with no conflicting bonspiels. Our goal is to fill the clubs again. Since we have had their continued support over the years, we wish to return the favour!
The MCA has also confirmed their support of the tour, awarding the Men’s division with three berths – the MCT CHAMPION and the two highest ranked eligible teams at the conclusion of the championship. In the women’s division – the MCT CHAMPION and the highest ranked team at the conclusion of the championship.
Our biggest task, and certainly one of the most important tasks, is too reach out to our existing sponsors, as well as approach new sponsors. We have been in contact with our presenting sponsor Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, and they have expressed great excitement to continue their support.
As we strive to please our curling community, we will graciously accept any ideas or concerns from the public. Our website www.mancurltour.ca has a contact page if you wish to leave an email for our volunteers. On behalf of the Manitoba Curling Tour we would like to extend thanks for your continued support and we wish you a fun filled summer. See you in September!
President, Manitoba Curling Tour
March 21, 2016
MANITOBA CURLING TOUR “UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
An “Under New Management” sign has been posted on the virtual doors of the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.Curtis Atkins, Keith Doherty and Justin Twiss will head the volunteer Manitoba Curling Tour (MCT) Committee as of March 21, 2016. Atkins has been elected President with Doherty as his Vice-President. Twiss will serve as the committee’s secretary.The new leaders plan to expand the organizing committee to include both rural and Winnipeg as well as female and male representation. While they have identified some possible additions to the Board, they invite other interested curler-volunteers to contact with them.The plan for the immediate future of the Manitoba Curling Tour includes a return to its roots with the volunteer-directed committee taking a very hands on approach.”As curlers we want to work directly with the event organizers, the players, our sponsors and partner organizations such as CurlManitoba to build upon the success of the Manitoba CurlingTour” said new President Curtis Atkins. “We also want to explore ways to re-new and improve upon the way the MCT has operated, basically unchanged since its inception.”The Manitoba Curling Tour was created in the summer of 1991, to provide a means of co-ordination and support for the series of local bonspiels or cashspiels in the province. Initially it involved men’s events, but in 1996 -97, a women’s division was added. Atkins says the new MCT organizing committee will be contacting event organizers , players, sponsors and other stakeholders during to remaining few weeks of the current curling season to hear comments and suggestions for the future and to confirm an MCT schedule for 2016-2017.”On behalf of all the curlers, we want to express their appreciation to retiring Tour Coordinator Resby Coutts and former Coordinator Bob Picken as well as to Andy Stewart and all of the past volunteer directors of the Manitoba Curling Tour. their efforts have helped the MCT play an important role on the Manitoba curling scene” Atkins said.
Interested curlers may contact:Curtis Atkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keith Doherty (email@example.com)
Justin Twiss (firstname.lastname@example.org)
<Dec 13, 2015>
Lyburn Wins 25th Anniversary Manitoba Curling Tour Men’s Championship
Twenty-five curling seasons after Vic Peters and his Manitoba champions won the inaugural Manitoba Curling Tour Men’s Championship, William Lyburn’s Granite team of Jason Gunnlaugson, Richard Daneault, and Braden Zawada have won the 2015 MCT Championship presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. The event was played December 11-13 in Dauphin.Lyburn posted a 4-3 victory, with a final end last rock draw to the eight foot circle to defeat Alex Forrest-East St. Paul (Travis Bale, Ian MacMillan, Connor Njegovan).Lyburn and his team won the championship’s $2,500 first prize. Team Forrest picked up $2,000 and the Viterra provincial championship berth which goes to the highest finishing eligible team. Lyburn and his team already had a provincial men’s berth in hand.In the semi-finals, Lyburn defeated Scott Ramsay-Granite (7-3) while Forrest defeated David Bohn-Granite (6-1). The semi-finalists each earned $1,500. Team Bohn had already earned an entry into the Viterra Championship in Selkirk through the CTRS process while Ramsay’s semi-final finish earned his team a Viterra invitation.Quarterfinalists Matt Dunstone-Granite and Dennis Bohn-Assiniboine Memorial picked up the final two provincial berths as a result of their final MCT ranking positions. The other two quarterfinalists were Jared Kolomaya-Stonewall and Richard Muntain-Pinawa. The quarterfinalists all picked up $1,000 cheques.
Montford Wins 20th Anniversary Manitoba Curling Tour Women’s
Championship The Manitoba Curling Tour’s Women’s championship, an event which started five years after its men’s counterpart, was won Sunday in Dauphin by Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial (Lisa DeRiviere, Sara Van Walleghem, Sarah Neufeld). Montford defeated clubmate Joelle Brown 4-3 in the final.In the semi-finals, Brown defeated Darcy Robertson-Rossmere (7-4) and Montford beat Beth Peterson-Fort Rouge (5-2). Robertson and Peterson each earned $1500.A pair of Dauphin teams, the Tiffany McLean and Melissa Barsewsky foursomes reached the quarterfinals.The Montford, Brown, and Robertson teams all earned Manitoba Curling Tour invitations to compete in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto in January 2016 in Beausejour.In the semi-finals, Brown defeated Darcy Robertson-Rossmere (7-4) and Montford beat Beth Peterson-Fort Rouge (5-2). Robertson and Peterson each earned $1500.A pair of Dauphin teams, the Tiffany McLean and Melissa Barsewsky foursomes reached the quarterfinals.The Montford, Brown, and Robertson teams all earned Manitoba Curling Tour invitations to compete in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto in January 2016 in Beausejour.