Edinburgh, Scotland to host 2013 European Mixed Curling Championships

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, will host the 2013 European Mixed Curling Championships at Murrayfield Curling Rink between September 14th and 21st.

The European Mixed Curling Championships 2013 invite each European Member Association to send one mixed team consisting of two male and two female curlers. It will be held at Murrayfield Curling Rink located near the city centre, adjacent to Murrayfield Rugby Stadium.

On announcing the 2013 host, WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “We are delighted that Edinburgh and Scotland will host the European Mixed Curling Championships this coming September. For many European curlers, this event marks the beginning of what will be a very exciting season for the sport of curling as we look towards the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.” She added: “This will be the second time that Scotland has hosted this Championship, and with Edinburgh’s world-renowned culture and warm hospitality, along with the support of the local organisers and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, I’m sure this will be an enjoyable event for everyone involved.”

Andy Morrison, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, is also looking forward to the event. He said: "Murrayfield Curling Rink is honoured to be hosting the European Mixed Curling Championships 2013. We will be working hard over the coming months to ensure that this is a top class curling Championship. We look forward to welcoming all competitors and spectators to Edinburgh and to Scotland and hope that everyone involved will leave having enjoyed a great tournament.”

Host nation, Scotland, will be defending their European Mixed Curling Championship title after skip Ewan MacDonald, third Eve Muirhead, second Euan Byers and lead Karen Barthelemy won gold at the 2012 event which was held in Erzurum, Turkey.

This will be the first European Mixed Curling Championships to be officially supported by the World Curling Federation following Member Associations decision to dissolve the European Curling Federation at meetings in Karlstad, Sweden in December 2012.

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