Six Toronto curlers are overseas in Scotland representing Canada at the world’s oldest international curling competition: The Strathcona Cup.
Ken Armstrong, Bill Baker, Mark Inglis, John Morrisson, Dave Reid and John Rudd are competing to win the cup and defend Canada’s record of 11 (to Scotland’s 10) overall Strathcona Cup series titles.
The GTA participants represent the TCA’s Chiguacousy Curling Club, High Park Curling Club, Scarboro Golf and Country Club, St. George’s Golf and Country Club, The Thornhill Club and York Curling Club.
Every five years the Strathcona Cup host alternates between Canada and Scotland. The tradition started back in 1902 with a visit from a Scottish team to Canada. Lord Strathcona, who the event is named after, came to Canada at age 18. When he became president of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, he donated the Cup to the event in 1909.
Today, the prestigious silver cup doesn’t leave the Edinburgh vault. Canadian and Scottish scenes and emblems are engraved into it, along with winning team names and corresponding years.
The 2018 tournament, which includes 40 Canadian curlers from eastern, central and western provinces, is taking place in Scotland from January 10 to February 3.
The centennial old tour is split into two: a North tour, which is led by a Quebec curler this year, and a South tour, captained in 2018 by a curler from Newfoundland.
Throughout the 23-day competition, there are over 200 games set to be played. Touring Glasgow City is also among the activities listed on the Strathcona Cup itinerary.
During the last competition held in Canada in 2013, Scotland won the event.
Follow along with the 2018 Strathcona Cup scores and schedules here: http://www.strathconacup100.ca/
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