Member Association Spotlight: May 2019

A vital part of our President’s Newsletter, this page is here to celebrate the great development work our 61 Member Associations are doing across the globe.

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Brazil

From Mike Haggerty, World Curling Federation

Not many teams would succeed in beating one of the top outfits from the United States or Canada three times in a best-of-five series and, particularly on away ice. But, until now, through the Americas zone qualification system, that has been the only route to participation in the World Curling Championships for the Brazilian federation.

Now, the new World Qualification Event has changed all that, and the Brazilians have a new opportunity, which in the past season they grabbed with both hands.

Read the full feature here, www.worldcurling.org/brazil-qualification

Canada

From Al Cameron, Curling Canada

A revitalised Curling Canada Curling Assistance Programme produced a trio of successful applicants during the 2018-2019 season.

Curl Moncton, in New Brunswick, the Fort Frances Curling Club in Fort Frances, Ontario and the Sydney Curling Club in Sydney, Nova Scotia, were each recipients of low-interest $CAD 25,000 loans from Curling Canada to improve their respective facilities.


The Curling Assistance Programme offers low-interest loans, to a maximum of $CAD 25,000, from Curling Canada to Canadian curling centres to help them remain sustainable over the long-term. The loans provide capital for such items as roofing, chillers, compressors, lighting, warm-area renovations and curling stones.


Curl Moncton will use its loan to help cover the costs of a new compressor — part of its expansion from five to ten sheets.


The Fort Frances Curling Club, meanwhile, is using the loan to cover to the cost of long-needed roof repairs at its six-sheet facility and roof replacement is also on tap at the four-sheet Sydney Curling Club, which has increased its membership by nearly 50 per cent over the past three years.

You can find more information here, www.curling.ca/about-the-sport-of-curling/curling-assistance-programme-cap/

Latvia

From Linda Mangale, Latvian Curling Association

Latvia’s Paralympic Day was celebrated on 18 May where participants from all over the country had the opportunity to try different Paralympic sports for the first time, including floor curling.

Compared to previous years where floor curling was offered, this year was the most successful turnout of participants eager to test their curling skills. A total of 26 teams were involved, each with four players – many of those returning from the year before. Teams played two, four-end games to gain insight into the dynamics of a traditional curling game.

Saudi Arabia

From Alastair Fyfe, Kingdom Curling Association

The Kingdom Curling Association [Saudi Arabia] has announced that they will be hosting the very first open entry curling competition to be held in the Middle East. The inaugural competition is open to 12 mixed teams and will take place in Manama, Bahrain from 11 to 12 October 2019. The format will have two pools of six teams, with all teams playing two games on both days. Then teams will compete in ranking games based on their win-loss record for prizes.

For more information and if you’re interested in being involved contact, Kingdom Curling Association

Scotland

From Margaret Nicol, Scottish Curling

Anne Malcolm from Scotland, who was well-known to World Curling as an international technical official, was heavily involved in all aspects of curling until she sadly passed away earlier this year. In her memory, the Anne Malcolm Legacy has been set up and aims to raise funds through donations to support the development of women’s curling in Scotland by awarding grants to individuals, teams or groups.

For more information contact, office@scottishcurling.org

Mexico, Nigeria, Kosovo, Afghanistan

From Jolene Latimer, World Curling Federation

Paula Herrera had no idea what an eventful night it’d be when she settled in for a relaxing evening at home in Mexico City to watch the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with her partner Rodrigo Velez. For some reason, they decided to watch curling!

Mexico will host the next World Congress in September and they have ambitions to bring a championship there too.

Mexico are just one of a handful of pioneering Member Associations bringing our sport to warmer climates – with Kosovo, Nigeria and Portugal, amongst others, joining World Curling or competing at their first events in recent years.

Read more about these Member Associations’ ambitions here, www.worldcurling.org/pioneers

Youth Olympic Games


The 24 National Olympic Committees that will compete in curling – from 10 to 22 January 2020 – at next season’s winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, in Switzerland, have been confirmed.

The competing nations are Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United States.

Read the full story here, www.worldcurling.org/yog-2020-competitors