October 19, 2012
The World Curling Federation has announced that that Flims, Switzerland has been awarded the World Junior Curling Championships in 2014.
The event will be staged in the Waldhaus Arena from the 26th of February to the 5th of March 2014.
It will be the third time that the town of Flims in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden will host the world juniors. Previous world junior championships were staged in Flims in 2003 and 2010.
“The World Curling Federation is delighted to return to Flims and the first class Waldhaus Arena curling facility,” said World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness. “We look forward to working with the local organising committee and our Member Association SwissCurling to stage these junior championships in a part of the world which has such strong links with our sport. The 2010 event set a high standard and we look forward to seeing the best junior teams in the world compete in this exceptional environment.”
“We look forward to welcoming the world’s top junior curlers back to Flims in 2014,” said Edi Crameri, President of the WJCC 2014 bid committee. “The success of the 2010 World Junior Championships motivated the curling community in Flims to bid for it again. We look forward to welcoming the teams and curling fans to our beautiful town and facility and showing them the very best of what Swiss hospitality can offer.”
“SwissCurling has a long history of putting on great curling events,” said Armin Harder, SwissCurling Board Member. “The Waldhaus Arena in Flims is a very special curling facility as the 2010 event proved. The 2014 World Junior Curling Championships will be another great opportunity for SwissCurling to promote our sport on a global level.”
Ten junior men’s and ten junior women’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia Zones will compete in the event. Some will qualify from the final ranking at the 2013 World Juniors. Others will qualify through regional junior championships or challenges.
The World Junior Curling Championships 2013 will be held in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia from the 28th of February to 10th March.
About Swiss Curling
The Swiss Curling Association (SwissCurling) was established in 1942 and became a member of the World Curling Federation in 1966. Today SwissCurling counts over 160 clubs and around 8,000 registered curlers who curl in 44 dedicated curling facilities and 20 open-air rinks as well as ice rink across Switzerland. www.curling.ch