The Toronto Police Curling Team took on the best police curlers from across the country recently.
The Sudbury Police Service hosted the 60th annual Canadian Police Curling Association National Championships between March 21-28.
This championship was created by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for the purpose of encouraging fellowship and liaison among Canadian police officers, as well as promoting the game of curling in Canada. The championship is a week-long event, which includes the best police curlers from across the nation. At this year’s event, there were also two curlers who had participated in the Tim Horton’s Brier, Canada's top curling title, in previous years.
Four Toronto Police Service members were selected as a special invite by the Ontario Police Curling Association to attend the championship. Constables Steven Aguiar (Traffic Services), Ryan Pearce (23 Division) and retired members Dave Heasman and Bill Goodchild made up the Toronto team. This was the first appearance for Aguiar and Pearce, second appearance for Goodchild and the fourth for Heasman.
Half way through the competition, the Toronto team found themselves “rocking and rolling” to a 7-1 start, which tied them with British Columbia for first place. In the ninth game, the top teams went head to head and the Toronto team lost their second game. This left British Columbia alone in first place. The Toronto team then rounded out the championship finishing in second place with a respectable record of 8-3.
The Toronto team then played British Columbia in the first semi-final game, which they lost. This left the Toronto team to play a second semi-final game against Northern Ontario. It was a close game and in the ninth end, the Toronto foursome stole 4 points, to seal the win and send them to the final game, against British Columbia.
This was the first time any Toronto team had made the finals of the national championship. The first half of the game was very tight, with both teams playing very conservatively. The score was tied 2-2 after five ends of action. In the sixth end, the Toronto crew again managed a big steal of three points. However, Team BC, got those three points right back in the next end. The game was tied 5-5 going into the eigth end. The Toronto team then scored in the eighth end which gave them a one point lead going into the ninth end. Toronto then successively stole a point in the next two ends to capture the National Police Championship title with the final being 8-5.
The win guarantees the Toronto team will represent Team Canada at next year’s championship, which will be held in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Ryan Pearce was selected by his fellow curlers to win the highly regarded Dick Tincher Memorial Shield. The award is presented to the curler best displaying outstanding personality and sportsmanship at the championship. He was also given several nicknames including “Chippy” and “Maverick” for all his outstanding shots.
Not to be out done was Dave Heasman, who was selected by all participants to the All-Star Team at his position. Great job guys!
The Toronto team would like to thank the Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association and the Toronto Police Curling Leagues for all the assistance and support they showed during the week.
Curling has a long history in the Toronto Police Service. There is an annual Police Curling Bonspiel, which has been running for 51 years, and the Toronto Police Curling League has two divisions which run in the east end and west end of Toronto. The leagues run from October to April every year. The leagues are open to all experience levels and, as a matter of fact, no experience is necessary. Any Police Service member is encouraged to come out and give it a try.