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The historic Toronto Curling Association (TCA) Bantam/Junior Championship is taking on a new format for the upcoming December 2016 event.

The TCA will be partnering with the Junior Slam Series to present the TCA Junior Championships. Additionally, a new section of the TCA Junior Championships event geared towards non-competitive/new competitive teams will be added to provide the opportunity for grassroots team development.

“The TCA Junior Championships is an annual event in its 36th year,” said TCA President Richard Hart. “Many world-class players have started their careers at this event and have come away with many fond memories. We want to continue the tradition of providing young curlers with the opportunity to hone their competitive skills against the top junior teams in world, as well as providing an experience for the new and developing grassroots players.”

Along with this new partnership and approach to this historic event, participants will see the return of the Champions Dinner on the evening of December 29, 2016. This event will see previous TCA junior winners help host the 2016 participants.

Headlined by four-time world champion Glenn Howard and 2015 Ontario champion Julie Hastings, this event promises to be a who’s who of Ontario’s legendary curlers… and what an amazing opportunity for sporting youth to rub shoulders with high-performance athletes!

The new Junior Slam Series features U-18 and U-21 Slams across Ontario next season with teams from Ontario, Quebec, the U.S. and Europe. The Junior Slams are designed to give young teams a taste of what the adult Slams feel like. The series focuses on providing top-level competition with built-in learning opportunities and athlete development.

Entries for the TCA Junior Championship’s Slam section will open on August 1 and will be closing on September 30. Details for the TCA Junior Championship’s non-competitive/new competitive section will be available in September.

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