CURLING: Surrey teen leads B.C.’s ‘Team of the Year’ to award

CLOVERDALE — They live 1,300 miles apart, but that couldn’t stop a curling team led by a Surrey athlete from winning bronze at this year’s Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Team Tardi, led by Cloverdale’s Tyler Tardi, 16, includes young curlers from Fort St. John, Coquitlam and Victoria – namely, Sterling Middleton, Nicholas Umbach and Timothy Henderson.

Because of their medal-winning performance in February, Team Tardi has been named Team of the Year by Curl BC. They share the award with Team Brown of Kamloops.

Team Tardi is coached by Tyler’s dad, Paul. "I have always loved curling ever since I first watched my dad curl in his league, and I could not wait to try it," Tyler, a Grade 11 student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, told the Now.

Looking ahead, Tardi and Sterling will Team Tardi members with their Curl BC Team of the Year award plaques. From left, the team includes Tyler Tardi (a Cloverdale resident), Sterling Middleton, Nicholas Umbach, Timothy Henderson and coach Paul Tardi. (Submitted photo) represent Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

Curl BC’s annual awards event was held in Burnaby on May 30.

Other award winners included North Delta’s Ernie Daniels, who won the Anita Cochrane Award for Coach of the Year.

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