The 2016 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships are being held at TCA member club, The Weston Golf & Country Club, from November 8 through to November 14, 2015! Though its happening in late 2015, the winners will carry the championship title through 2016. 2015 will also see the first World Mixed Curling championship to be held in Europe this fall. The winners of the 2016 Canadian Championship at Weston Golf & Country Club will qualify for the 2016 World event.
Mixed is A Storied Event!
The Canadian Mixed Curling Championship began in 1964 in Toronto and was held at the TCA’s Royal Canadian Curling Club. Top curlers like Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Nicol, Curling legend Al Hackner, former World Champion Jeff Stoughton, multiple Scotties winner Colleen Jones, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist Cheryl Bernard and 2014 Brier Champion Kevin Koe have played in this event. The TCA’s own Mike Harris represented Ontario in this championship a few years before he won an Olympic silver medal with TCA directors Richard Hart and George Karrys. This event has been hosted all over Canada including Iqaluit in Nunavut in 2008. All of the host clubs ensure that the event is not only a showcase of the best mixed curling in Canada, but a fun time for everyone – players and spectators alike. At the 2015 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, which was hosted by the North Bay Granite Club, it was Polar Power versus Prairie Power as the Northwest Territories team skipped by Jamie Koe tried to win the first national title for the territory. However a determined Saskatchewan team skipped by Max Kirkpatrick won the final 7-4.
Volunteers Are Needed!
Hosting a National Championship is a big commitment on the part of any club and the TCA is proud that Weston has stepped up to bring this event to the GTA. It is a unique opportunity for TCA curlers to give something back to the game that we all enjoy and are privileged to play; a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth of curling by giving time and support to curlers in one of the fastest growing sections of the game of curling – mixed! In the coming months Weston will need about 140 volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks associated with the event. If you have the time and the interest, Weston will certainly be able to find something for you to do. There is a nominal volunteer fee of $50 which will include a commemorative volunteer jacket, an event pass and also an invitation to an exclusive volunteer reception. To sign up as a volunteer, CLICK HERE and complete an online form.
In addition to the support of volunteers, Weston is also seeking financial support from local sponsors. While the host club receives a small amount of financial compensation from the Canadian Curling Association, in order to put on a first class event, the community’s support is certainly needed. (NOTE: This particular curling championship does not have any national-level sponsors.) Sponsorship on all levels is very welcome; cash, in-kind (goods and services) or sponsoring one of the many events associated with the Championship. If you have an interest in sponsoring The 2016 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship (or if you have a connection to someone who might) contact Elizabeth Woolnough, Chair – Host Committee.