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Young Salmon Arm curlers fundraising for Canadian championships next month

Athletes continue to impress, winning top prizes at provincial and regional competitions
Team Blaeser, made up of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer are heading to the Under 18 Canadian Curling Championship in Timmins, Ont. next month and are fundraising for the trip. Team Tam out of Salmon Arm and Port Moody Curling Clubs are also fundraising to compete at the same tournament. (Team Blaeser/ Facebook)

Two young Salmon Arm curling teams are raising funds to represent the city and the Shuswap at the upcoming Under 18 Canadian Curling Championships next month.

Team Blaeser will be representing B.C. at the championship tournament in Timmins, Ont. Feb. 3 to 12, 2023. Team Blaeser is made up of brothers Kaiden and Nolan Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer.

Kaiden Beck is coming off a win with Salmon Arm Secondary Team Sullivan at the Thompson-Okanagan Regional High School Curling Playdowns in Kamloops. That high school team will be competing against other provinces in Terrace, B.C. Feb. 22 to 25.

Nolan’s team in the regionals will also be competing provincially, and the brothers also qualified for the Curl BC U18 team that is now fundraising for their shot at a national trophy.

READ MORE: Salmon Arm high school curling teams compete for regional champion title

Team Blaeser will also be competing in the U21 BC Curling Provincial Championships in Duncan, B.C. Jan. 24 to 29, hoping to win provincially at that level and move on to represent B.C. at the Canadian Nationals in Quebec in March.

Team Blaeser has set up a GoFundMe to ask for the public’s help with donations for their upcoming trip. Money raised will be used to send the team to Ontario. The tournament lasts 11 days and the estimated cost is around $12,000-$15,000 to send the team, their coach and three groups of parents.

Another local team, representing the Salmon Arm Curling Club and the Port Moody Curling Club, is heading to Timmins, Ont. for the same U18 National competition in February. Team Tam also has a GoFundMe to raise funds for their trip.

Team Tam, coached by Ken Krause and Ken Britz, has skip Adrian Tam, vice Austin Tomlinson, second Ethan Chio and lead Harrison Hrynew. Their GoFundMe page praises the team’s dedication to individual and team practices as well as academics.

The team won silver at the U18 provincial tournament in Richmond, guaranteeing their spot at the upcoming national competition as Team BC2.

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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