Tyrel "Ty" Griffith is a Canadian curler from Kelowna, British Columbia. He currently throws second stones for the John Morris / Jim Cotter team. Born: December 22, 1985 (age 31 years) in Calgary he currently lives in Kelowna BC and is a PGA of Canada Golf Professional at Black Mountain Golf Club.
He is a three time BC Junior Curling Champion winning in 2002, 2005 and 2006 and finished second in the 2006 Canadian Junior Championships.
After playing in his first Canadian junior men’s championship in 2002, it all became pretty clear to Tyrel that curling was a sport well worth putting his passion, energy and time into.
“That opened my eyes to how much I loved the game, and from then on I knew I was going to work hard at it, and give it my best shot,” said Griffith. “I didn’t know when I’d get to a Brier, but right about then I think it became a big dream of mine. So, to do it at my age and see it come true is pretty surreal.”
A decade later, all the work began to pay off as Griffith made his first appearance at the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon as a member of Jim Cotter’s Vernon/Kelowna foursome. He followed that up with 5 additional Brier appearances in 2012,2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was a Runner-Up on the 2014 team and a Canadian Olympic Trials Runner-Up in 2013.
A graduate of Okanagan College in Kelowna, Tyrel is described as a true athlete by Jim Cotter soon after joining their team. “It’s no secret he’s a great kid, but he’s a great athlete, too,” said Cotter. “He fits in personality-wise with all of us. He’s young and full of energy and really brings a new excitement to our team. He played extremely well at provincials and has been a really great addition for us.”
As a PGA golf professional, Ty is able to spend the winter months pursuing the sport he has learned to love. “It has allowed me to do something that I am passionate about which is compete at the highest of level in sport. I am fortunate to have had great teammates with strong work ethic and an eagerness to improve. Curling has given me the chance to travel throughout most of Canada and to other parts of the world. I have also had the chance to meet and play against some of the sport’s greatest players and teams of all time.”