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James Richardson International to be Presenting Sponsor of 2009 Canada Cup

YORKTON, July 15, 2008…The Canadian Curling Association today announced that James Richardson International (JRI) will be the Presenting Sponsor for the 2009 Canada Cup of Curling in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

The Canada Cup will be staged March 18-22, 2009 at the Farrell Agencies Arena in the Gallagher Centre and will be one of the last events to qualify teams for the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials, December 6-13 in Edmonton, which will determine Canada’s representatives for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The Canada Cup winners become part of a pool of 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams eligible for either a berth directly into the Trials or a berth into the pre-Trials qualifier, November 10-15 in Prince George, British Columbia.

Winnipeg-based JRI, the largest subsidiary of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, operates Canada’s largest, privately-owned network of high-throughput elevators and high-efficiency port terminals. It is a recognized agribusiness market leader in grain handling, merchandising, crop inputs sales/services and canola oil processing/packaging.

“James Richardson International is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Canada Cup,” said Kevin Jacobson, Director, Business Development, JRI. “We’re confident that the host committee and the City of Yorkton will stage a very successful event. Being a proud Canadian company with a history that spans more than 150 years of achievement, we at JRI know that agriculture and curling are both significant components of our communities. Today, we continue to build on our tradition by becoming involved in a very important competition in one of Canada’s most popular sports.”

Ten men’s and 10 women’s teams will compete in the 2009 Canada Cup, presented by JRI, with the winners receiving berths into the Trials pool, in addition to earning $25,000 in prize money. Already qualified for the Cup are reigning world champions Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg and Kevin Martin of Edmonton, along with 2008 Strauss Canada Cup winners Kevin Koe of Edmonton, and Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon.

As the official broadcaster for the Canadian Curling Association’s Season of Champions, TSN will air 14 hours of Canada Cup coverage, including the women’s and men’s finals on Sunday, March 22.

The Canada Cup has consistently attracted Trials-calibre fields since it began in 2003 in Kamloops, British Columbia. Edmonton’s Randy Ferbey has won three Cups, while Kevin Martin has taken two. Other women’s winners are Sherry Middaugh, Colleen Jones, Shannon Kleibrink, Cathy King and Jennifer Jones.

Tickets for the 2009 Canada Cup are available online at Ticketmaster.ca, by calling the Ticketmaster Sports Line at 306-938-7800 (toll free 1-800-970-7328) or at the Gallagher Centre Box Office.

For further event information, visit seasonofchampions.ca.

2008/09 Playdown Calendar Now Online

The 2008/09 playdown calendar is now online. [Read more…]

World Mixed Doubles Championships

World Mixed Doubles to Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
PERTH, Scotland — The World Curling Federation (WCF) has confirmed Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, as the host city for the 2009 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

The championship, scheduled for April 18-26, will be the second-ever WMDCC ever held, following the inaugural 2008 championship at Vierumaki, Finland in February. The 2008 World Mixed Doubles Championship was captured by Switzerland (Irene Schori and Toni
Müller) which defeated host Finland (Anne Malmi and Jussi
Uusipaavalniemi) by a 5-4 score in the final. Sweden earned bronze, while Norway and Canada rounded out the top five.

“The World Curling Federation is delighted to bring the second World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship to Cortina D’Ampezzo,” said Les Harrison, WCF president.

“The first World Mixed Doubles was a spectacular display of pure shotmaking and high-scoring action. We saw traditional curling powers struggle against emerging nations who have taken to this new curling discipline with vigour and enthusiasm. This show will be something for Cortina to remember.”

The inaugural WMDCC was visited by IOC Member Peter Tallberg, who spoke favourably of the new discipline.

The 2009 World Mixed Doubles will precede the 2010 World Men’s Curling Championship, which will also he held in Cortina. This will mark the first World Men’s Championship ever hosted by Italy.

The 2008 World Mixed Doubles featured 24 teams (pairs). Depending upon the number of member association entries, the dates of the 2009 World Mixed Doubles in Cortina D’Ampezzo may adjust slightly. Entries are due in November, 2008.

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George Karrys
Media Relations Officer
World Curling Federation
+1 905 997 3348
media@worldcurling.org

Wheelchair Athlete Volunteer Position Available

Curl BC’s Athlete Advisory Committee is seeking a wheelchair athlete volunteer to join their committee. [Read more…]

Press Release: Continential Cup 2008

World and Olympic champions headline 2008 Continental Cup

CAMROSE, ALBERTA, July 9, 2008…The rosters for the 2008 Continental Cup of Curling, presented by Monsanto, are now confirmed.

Now in its sixth edition, the Continental Cup, featuring Team World (formerly Team Europe) versus Team North America, will be staged December 18-21 at the 2,300-seat EnCana Arena in the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose, Alberta. Among the skips slated to compete are the reigning world champions, Canada’s Kevin Martin and Jennifer Jones, and 2006 Olympic gold medallist Anette Norberg of Sweden.

North America holds a 3-2 edge over the ‘World’, after winning last year’s Continental Cup in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The unique event, patterned somewhat after golf’s Ryder Cup, will offer a purse of $88,400, with each member of the winning team receiving $2,000, while each losing team member gets $1,400.

Team North America consists of four teams from Canada and two teams from the United States. The Canadian contingent comprises teams skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon, Edmonton’s Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe. The American teams will be skipped by current national champions Debbie McCormick and Craig Brown of Madison, Wisconsin.

Jones and Martin earned Cup berths by winning the 2008 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Regina and 2008 Tim Hortons Brier in Winnipeg, respectively. Both then went on to claim world titles, as Jones captured the Ford world women’s in Vernon, British Columbia, while Martin took the world men’s crown in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Jones, a two-time Canadian champion, was a member of the winning North America side at the 2007 Cup, while Martin, a three-time Brier winner and 2002 Olympic silver medallist, played in the inaugural Continental Cup in Regina in 2002, when North America scored a dramatic, last rock victory over the World in the final men’s skins game between Martin and Sweden’s Peja Lindholm.

Lawton and Koe earned their first Continental Cup berths by winning the 2008 Strauss Canada Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia.

McCormick, the 2003 world champion, will be making her fourth Cup appearance for North America, after competing in 2003, 2006 and 2007, while Brown will be playing in his first Cup.

Russ Howard, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist and two-time (1987, 1993) world champion, will be the captain for North America while Jim Waite will be the coach.

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Team World is headlined by reigning Le Gruyère European champions Anette Norberg of Sweden and David Murdoch of Scotland.

In addition to her Olympic gold medal in Turin (Pinerolo), Italy, Norberg won back-to-back world titles in 2005 and 2006. She’s also competed in three previous Cups, winning in 2003 in Thunder Bay, Ontario and 2006 in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Murdoch, who won the 2006 world men’s title in Lowell, Massachusetts and was runner-up in 2005 and 2008, will also be making his fourth Cup appearance, winning in 2006.

Coming on the heels of remarkable international success in 2008, two teams from China will join Team World….skipped by Bingyu Wang, who earned a silver medal at the Ford world women’s and Fengchun Wang, who finished fourth at the 2008 world men’s, while making his country’s debut in the championship.

The other World skips are Switzerland’s 2002 and 2006 Olympic silver medallist and 2008 world bronze medallist Mirjam Ott, who was also a member of Team Europe when winning the 2006 Continental Cup, and Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud, bronze medallist at the 2006 and 2008 world men’s and runner-up to Murdoch at the 2007 European championship.

The coach will be Sweden’s three-time (1997, 2001, 2004) world champion Peja Lindholm, while 2002 Olympic gold medallist Pål Trulsen of Norway will be the World captain. Lindholm played in the first three Cups, winning in 2003, while Trulsen also participated in three Cups, winning in 2003 and 2006.

The Continental Cup is a four-day competition involving Team games (72 points), Mixed Doubles (36 points), Singles (32 points) and Skins (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed, worth a total of 260 points). The first side to score 201 points is declared the winner.

In 2002, Team North America edged Team World at the inaugural Continental Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan, 207-193, but Europe evened the score in 2003, winning 208-179 in Thunder Bay. In 2004, North America recaptured the title with a 228-172 tally in Medicine Hat, before a record four-day crowd of 42,317.

In 2006 in Chilliwack, Europe emerged victorious, 229-171, as all of the curling medallists from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games participated. Last year in Medicine Hat, North America wound up with a 290-110 advantage, clinching the competition, for the first time ever, on Saturday night, before the women’s and men’s final Skins games were played on Sunday.

This year, TSN will provide extensive national coverage (28 hours) of the competition, similar to what The Sports Network did for the first three Continental Cups from 2002-2004.

The Continental Divide, the event’s entertainment centre, will be located in the adjacent Border Paving Arena.

The world’s best curlers have competed in the Continental Cup. In addition to this year’s line-up, previous participants include teams skipped by Canada’s Brad Gushue, Randy Ferbey, Glenn Howard, Kelly Scott, Kelley Law and Colleen Jones, Norway’s Dordi Nordby, Sweden’s Elisabet Gustafson, Scotland’s Rhona Martin, Jackie Lockhart and Hammy McMillan, Germany’s Andrea Schöpp and Andy Kapp and Finland’s Markku Uusipaavalniemi.
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Full event passes (includes all draws) are on sale through Ticketmaster (780-451-8000 or Ticketmaster.ca). For more event information, visit Seasonofchampions.ca.

The Continental Cup is a joint venture of the Canadian Curling Association, the United States Curling Association and the World Curling Federation.

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

Bob Seney
Host Committee Chairman
2008 Continental Cup
gmseney@xplornet.com
(H): 780-353-2585
(C): 780-679-6393

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

www.curling.ca

One step at a time to increased membership

Congratulations to the following Curl BC Member Facilities who increased their membership in the 07-08 season!

You Did It; by having a more successful novice program, initiating a great bonspiel, by providing a more friendly atmosphere, by twisting a few arms, and by taking advantage of Curl BC services or programs. You deserve to have your success acknowledged!

Congratulations Cowichan Rocks, Fort Rupert Curling Club, McBride Curling Club, Merritt Curling Club, Port Alice Curling Club, and Royal City Curling Club. 

If your club is struggling and needs some great ideas contact Curl BC or other clubs to find out how they did it. If you had a particularly successful event or year, let us know so we can share information about your success.

Wheelchair Curling Opens Doors

WheelChair Curling Opens Doors in Victoria

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