Lohja, Finland to host two World Curling Championship qualification events

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that Lohja in Finland will host two world curling championship qualification events next season – the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event 2015 and the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2016.

Both events will be held in the Kisakallio Sports Institute - the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event from 7 until 12 November 2015 and the World Junior-B Curling Championships between 3 and 9 January 2016.

The top two placed teams from the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event 2015 will qualify for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 while the top three men’s and top three women’s teams from the World Junior-B Curling Championships will qualify for the World Junior Curling Championships 2016.

Speaking of the double host announcement, WCF President Kate Caithness said: “The World Curling Federation is delighted to award both of these events to Lohja, Finland. The Kisakallio Sports Institute, which is fully wheelchair accessible, has played host to several WCF competitions in the past. We are always happy to return to this first class facility which is perfect for curling events with both accommodation and catering on-site. In addition to the Wheelchair Qualification event, we felt that with such high standards of facilities, Kisakallio should be rewarded with hosting the historic, first ever, World Junior-B Curling Championships in 2016.”

She concluded: “The World Curling Federation looks forward to working with the Finnish Curling Association and local partners to ensure the success of both of these events for everyone involved.”

Following the announcement, Finnish Curling Association President, Olli Rissanen, said: “This is great news for Finnish Curling and especially important for our wheelchair and junior curling development. The co-operation with the Kisakallio Sports Institute has been extremely constructive over the past few years and we are pleased to continue our great working relationship for these two competitions. I would also like to offer a big thanks to the WCF for trusting us to host some of their events once again.”

Petri Tarkkanen, Managing Director of Kisakallio Sports Institute was also pleased to welcome curling back to the Institute. He said: “With great honour and humble mind we take this opportunity to host both the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event in 2015 and the World Junior-B Curling Championships in 2016. We must thank both our partners - the Finnish Curling Association and the WCF for the trust they have put in Kisakallio to organise these events. We will be working hard over the coming months in preparation for both competitions to ensure everyone has a thoroughly enjoyable experience when visiting Kisakallio.”

Before both of those events begin, the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 will take place between 7 and 13 February in this venue.

The top seven placed teams at that Championship, along with the host nation, will qualify for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in 2016.

Two more teams will join them in qualifying from the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event being staged at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in November 2015.

Replacing the European Junior Curling Challenge and the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships in 2016, the World Junior-B Curling Championships will see the top three men’s and women’s teams qualify for the World Junior Curling Championships in 2016.

They will join the host nation and the top six placed teams from the World Junior Curling Championships 2015 in qualifying.

Kisakallio is located only 50 minutes from Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Harbour. The facility is run as a non-profit foundation which offers a wide variety of sports coaching, activities, educational courses and has excellent facilities for professional and amateur sports enthusiasts.