The MacInnes (above) and Thompson teams from Kamloops visited Creston and won the qualifier for a provincial curling tournament to be held next month

Kamloops teams earn top spots at Creston curling qualifier

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Seven teams participated in a recent women’s open qualifier event at the Creston Curling Centre. They vied for two positions into the women’s BC Scotties to be held in January 2012.

The seven teams were Schmidt from Beaver Valley, Andrews from Invermere, Thompson from Richmond, Thompson and MacInnes from Kamloops, Klapp from Elkford and Will from Sparwood.

The MacInnes team, consisting of skip Allison MacInnes, third Grace MacInnes, second Dianne Gushalak and lead Amanda Guido won the A Event side. The Kelly Thompson team, consisting of skip Kelly Thompson and her sister, third Kim Thompson (both formerly of Creston), second Pamela Lai and lead Janelle Sakamoto won the B event side and earned a spot in the B.C. playoffs. The winner of the BC Scotties goes on to represent the province in the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

All teams were impressed with the great local facility and the ice conditions, and hope to come back for future playdowns.

— CRESTON CURLING CENTRE

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