Sean Becker

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Sean Becker
Born (1975-07-07) 7 July 1975 (age 43)
Curling club Ranfurly Curling Club
Ranfurly, New Zealand
Skip Peter de Boer
Third Sean Becker
Second Scott Becker
Lead Kenny Thomson
Alternate Phil Dowling
Mixed doubles
Bridget Becker
World Championship
5 (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2012)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
4 (2008, 2010, 2011, 2019)
Pacific-Asia Championship
20 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
1 (2006)

Sean Peter Becker (born 7 July 1975 in Ranfurly) is a New Zealand curler [1] .

Ranfurly, New Zealand Settlement in Otago, New Zealand

Ranfurly is a town in the Central Otago District of Otago, New Zealand. Located 110 kilometres north of Dunedin, it lies in the dry rough plain of Maniototo at a moderately high altitude close to a small tributary of the Taieri River. It operates as a service town for the local farming community. The town was formerly known as Eweburn, one of the "farmyard" names bestowed by former Otago Chief Surveyor John Turnbull Thomson on many small streams and locations in the district. The modern name honours the Fifth Earl of Ranfurly, who served as Governor of New Zealand (1897-1904) at the time of the extension of the Otago Central Railway to the area. Ranfurly is well known for its Art Deco buildings, like its hotel and the milk bar.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.



Becker was the skip for New Zealand teams which won three Pacific Curling Championships in 1998, 2003, and 2004. He has also played for the New Zealand team in five World Men's Championships, skipping the team at the 1999 (0-9; 10th), the 2004 (3-6; 7th), and the 2005 World Men's Curling Championship(5-6; 8th). He also played third for New Zealand at the 2001 (2-7; 9th) and 2012 World Men's Curling Championships (7-5; 5th). He represented New Zealand at the 2006 Winter Olympics as the team's skip. He was the only member of the New Zealand team to be originally from New Zealand. His was the first men's curling team to represent New Zealand at the Olympics; unfortunately, they finished last out of 10 teams without notching a victory. His curling team consisted of Lorne de Pape, Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic and Warren Dobson. [2] He carried the flag at the opening and closing ceremonies for his nation.

The 2005 World Men's Curling Championship was held from April 2-10, 2005 at the new Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. The tournament was the first since the 1988 event that was held separately from the 2005 World Women's Curling Championship. The winner was Randy Ferbey and his team from Canada. Ferbey won his fourth world championship, the rest of his team won their third. As a country, it was Canada's 29th World Championship. Scotland won silver, and Germany bronze.

2012 World Mens Curling Championship

The 2012 World Men's Curling Championship was held from March 31 to April 8 at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. The 2012 World Men's Championship was one of the curling events that is a qualifier for the curling tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

2006 Winter Olympics 20th edition of Winter Olympics, held in Turin (Italy) in 2006

The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Turin 2006 or Torino 2006, was a winter multi-sport event which was held in Turin, Piedmont, Italy from February 10 to 26, 2006. This marked the second time that Italy had hosted the Winter Olympic Games, the first being the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Italy also hosted the Summer Olympics in 1960 in Rome. Turin was selected as the host city for the 2006 Games in June 1999.

Following the Olympic Games in 2006, Becker forged a new team of upcoming New Zealand talent including his younger brother, Scott. His team included Scott Becker, Rupert Jones, Warren Kearney and Warren Dobson. He then went on to skip New Zealand in the 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2017 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships and played third for New Zealand at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Pacific-Asia Championships.

Scott Becker is a New Zealand curler and curling coach.

Warren Dobson is a curler who was on the team for New Zealand at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He was on the teams that won the 2003 and 2004 Pacific Curling Championships.

The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships are an annual curling tournament, held every year in November or December. The top team receives a berth to the World Curling Championships, while the second-placed team also receives a berth if the championships are held in the Americas or in Europe. The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships currently consist of teams from Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Qatar and South Korea. In 2018 WCF Congress, Nigeria is announced as the first African country accepted as member and will compete in the PAC zone beginning in 2019. Tournaments have been played in Canada, but Canada has never participated, since it is not part of the Pacific Zone.

In mixed doubles play, Becker has represented New Zealand in four World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships with sister Bridget, winning a silver medal at the 2010 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships are annual curling tournaments featuring the world's best teams of mixed doubles curlers.

Bridget Becker is a New Zealand female curler.

2010 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship

The 2010 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship was held in Chelyabinsk, Russia from April 18–24, 2010. The event was held in conjunction with the 2010 World Senior Curling Championships. Many of the teams faced delays or withdrew from the championship due to the air travel disruption after the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

Personal life

Aside from curling, Sean Becker's occupation is a sheep farmer. Becker's family is well known as a curling family. Becker's mother, father, sister, grandfather, and younger brother have all represented New Zealand on an international scale. Becker's father, Peter Becker, is known as one of the first curlers to represent New Zealand internationally. He was also the coach of the women's team as well as the Secretary of the New Zealand Curling Association. Becker's sister, Bridget has been the skip of the New Zealand women's national curling team. His wife, Cassie, made her international debut with the New Zealand women's team in 2008. [3]

Career highlights

Olympic Games Major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.


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  1. "Otago's sporting year". Otago Daily Times Online News. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. Gilhooly, Daniel (8 February 2006). "Winter Olympics: NZ competitors a long shot". NZ Herald. ISSN   1170-0777 . Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. McMurran, Alistair (8 November 2008). "Curling: Outstanding contribution by family". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 20 November 2017.