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World Curling Chief tours Prince George

The president of the World Curling Federation will be in Prince George this weekend to survey the community’s capacity as a training and pre-Games competition site.

“I am truly looking forward to my first visit to Prince George as I have been hearing such great things about the city and its support of various national and international sporting events,” said Les Harrison, President of the World Curling Federation. “It takes a real partnership of all levels of government, business, volunteers and fans to gain this kind of reputation, along with the required supporting infrastructure to ensure success and financial viability.”

Harrison notes that from a curling perspective, Prince George has recently hosted the Canadian Women’s Championship and has a solid base of curlers to support these type of events. “I look forward to visiting your curling club and having the opportunity to discuss ways we might be able to work together for the future,” said Harrison.

Prince George Mayor Colin Kinsley says he is looking forward to welcoming Mr. Harrison to the community. “It’s exciting to see that Prince George is on the radar of international sport organizations. Our city has extensive experience when it comes to hosting curling events and I look forward to showcasing what our community has to offer,” he said.

Harrison’s visit is being coordinated by Events Prince George. Virginia Sprangers with Events Prince George said the visit is a result of marketing activities with the Train in PG campaign. She said Harrison will spend the weekend touring sport facilities like CN Centre and the Northern Sport Centre. He and Mayor Kinsley will play a fun game of curling at the Prince George Curling Club.

On Saturday, Harrison will attend the Prince George Cougars game, and be hosted by Wolftek Industries. “Wolftek believes in our community and is pleased to be able to support Events Prince George in hosting the International Curling Association’s visit to Prince George,” said Wolftek President Bruce Sutherland.

“As Train In PG ramps up, Prince George will see more international activity when it comes to sport. International sport federations are interested in Prince George and the word is spreading about how our wonderful our community is, how fantastic our facilities are, and most importantly the great support from the community,” said Sprangers.

The “Train in PG” campaign is geared to international athletes, teams, coaches and officials in promoting Prince George as a place to acclimatize prior to national or international competition. The campaign currently focuses on five major winter sports; hockey, curling, speed skating, cross country skiing and biathlon. Based on the current success of the “Train In PG” campaign, extension of the program will increase to include summer sports. More information about the campaign can be found at www.traininpg.com.

Calgary to host 2009 Tim Horton’s Brier

Tim Hortons Renews Sponsorship Through 2010

The Canadian Curling Association announced on Oct. 12 that Calgary has been awarded the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier. The 80th edition of the Canadian men’s curling championship will be held March 7-15, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

It will mark the sixth time that the city has hosted the event. Calgary will join Toronto as the only cities to have staged the Brier at least six times since its inception in 1927. It will be the 12th time the Brier has been held in Alberta, the latest being 2005 in Edmonton.

It was also confirmed that Tim Hortons, the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada, has renewed its title sponsorship of the Brier through 2010. The new three-year agreement also includes sponsorship of the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials, which will determine Canada¹s representatives for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

“The Canadian Curling Association is excited to have its premier championship returning to Calgary to enjoy the spirit of Alberta,”” said CCA Board member Bernadette McIntyre. “The curling venue is terrific and a stampede atmosphere in the Brier Patch will be enjoyed by all. It’s also tremendously gratifying to know that Tim Hortons has enjoyed the involvement in our sport enough to renew its sponsorship of the Brier and the Trials for the next three years. It’s an excellent Canadian company to be associated with and we certainly appreciate their support.”

Calgary last hosted the Brier in 2002, attracting 245,296 fans, the third-highest in Brier history. The city also staged the 1997 Brier, setting an attendance record at the time of 223,322, in addition to the 1948, 1961 and 1980 Briers. In 2009, Calgary will hold the unique distinction of having staged a Brier for the event’s four title sponsors over the years; Macdonald Tobacco (1927-79), Labatt (1980-2000), Nokia (2001-2004) and, since 2005, Tim Hortons.

“Tim Hortons has been a long-time supporter of curling in Canada for over 12 years,” said Bill Moir, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Tim Hortons. “The sport of curling, similar to the Tim Hortons brand, has a unique Canadian identity and community appeal and we are both proud and excited to be a part of this world-class event.”

“I am very pleased that the Brier is returning to Calgary and the Pengrowth Saddledome in 2009,” said Host Committee Chairman Ian Henderson, who held a similar post for the very successful 2002 event. “It will be our first Tim Hortons Brier and we are looking forward to putting that special Calgary stamp on what is one of Canada’s premier sporting events. Our city has experienced significant growth since the last Brier here in 2002 and our challenge is to catch the spirit of Calgary and grow the Brier as well, building on the successes in 1997 and 2002.”

Tickets for the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier, which is being presented once again by Monsanto Canada, are expected to go on sale in February of 2008. The Keith’s Brier Patch and Purple Heart Lounge will be located in the adjacent, refurbished Big Four Building.

The Brier began in 1927 in Toronto and has been played in 31 cities across Canada, from Victoria to St. John’s. Manitoba has won a record 26 Briers, while Alberta is next with 22. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Yukon/Northwest Territories have yet to win.

The Brier competition involves 10 provinces plus teams representing Northern Ontario and Yukon/Northwest Territories playing a round robin, leading to the Page Playoff system involving the top four teams. The first- and second-place teams meet in the Page 1 vs 2 game, with the winner advancing to the final while the loser goes to the semi-final. The third- and fourth-place teams meet in the Page 3 vs 4 game, with the winner advancing to the semi-final while the loser is eliminated.

The Brier attendance record is 281,985, set by Edmonton in 2005 at the first Tim Hortons Brier, which eclipsed the former mark of 248,793 established in 2000 in Saskatoon.

The 2009 Tim Hortons Brier will also be the first time that TSN provides exclusive coverage of the championship from the round robin through the Page Playoffs, semi-final and final.

Since 1980, when the first Labatt Brier was held in Calgary and a playoff format was introduced, 18 of 28 Brier winners have gone on to win the world men’s curling championship. The latest was Ontario’s Glenn Howard, who won the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier in Hamilton and the Ford world men’s curling championship in Edmonton.

The winner of the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier will represent Canada at the Ford world men’s curling championship in Moncton, New Brunswick, April 4-12. Other 2009 events confirmed to date are the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, February 21-March 1 in Victoria, BC, and the world women’s curling championship, March 21-29 in Gangneung, Korea.

Meanwhile, the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier will be held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 8-16, with the winner to represent Canada at the world men’s championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, April 5-13.

For further information:

Warren Hansen Manager of Event Operations and Media Canadian Curling Association warrenhansen@telus.net 604-329-9850

Ian Henderson Calgary Host Committee Chairman 2009 Tim Hortons Brier ian@cscproject.com 403-233-7994

Jeff Timson Event Media Director Canadian Curling Association Tel/fax: 905-881-8322 jeff@curling.ca or jtimson5213@rogers.com www.curling.ca

A tale of two cities…and five curlers

Five BC curlers entered the halls of fame in Trail and Victoria this fall. Kathy Smiley was honoured by Trail in September while Elaine Dagg-Jackson, Melissa Soligo, Julie Skinner and Jody Green were inducted in October in Victoria. Congratulations to all!

Victoria to host 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Victoria, BC – The Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be hosted in BC for the fifth time in the championship’s twenty-eight year history. Following on the heels of a successful World Curling Championship in 2005 at the new Save-On Food Memorial Centre, it was announced today that Victoria has been awarded the premier women’s sporting event in Canada.

“This Canadian Women’s Curling Championship will showcase the best women’s teams representing the provinces and territories,” said Jack Bowman, Director of the Canadian Curling Association and a Victoria resident. “The Victoria curling community is looking forward to a very successful and memorable championship with all of the excitement associated with a pre-Olympic year.”

Kruger Products Limited is the longest-running sponsor of amateur sport in Canada. “Our curling teams have an impressive record on the international stage, bringing home Olympic medals in 1998, 2002 and again in 2006,” said David Ronald, Kruger’s Western Region Manager for Canada and the U.S. “The competition among curlers is already fierce, and the winner of the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will gain valuable points towards the Olympic trials and the ultimate dream of representing Canada right here in BC.”

Chris Atchison, Chair of the Host Committee, said he thanks “Kruger Products for their unyielding commitment to curling, the Provincial government for investing in a key winter core sport just one year away from the largest sport tourism event this province will have ever seen, and the City of Victoria for embracing this major curling event.” Atchison will assemble more than 600 volunteers to work on the event over the next 16 months.

The 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be held from February 21 to March 1.

For more information contact:
Robin Wilson?604-230-5871?wilson@wwater.com
Warren Hansen?604-329-9850?warrenhansen@telus.net

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