Australia awarded Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017

  • Australia's teams competing at PACC 2016 in Uiseong, Republic of Korea Photos: © WCF / Richard Gray

The Australian Curling Federation will host the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 (PACC), between 2 and 9 November, in the Erina Ice Arena, which lies on New South Wales’ central coast.

This will be the first time in 21 years that Australia will host these championships. They previously held them in Adelaide in 1993 and Sydney in 1996.
 
Erina is one hour north of Sydney and for the championships, the venue will have five sheets of ice installed – four for the international competitions and one for public and sponsors to try curling.
 
The arena is home to the Central Coast Rhinos, the local ice hockey team and the Central Coast Figure Skating and Central Coast Ice Speed Skating clubs.
 
World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “I am delighted to confirm that we will be taking the next edition of our Pacific-Asia Curling Championships to Australia for the first time in over twenty years.
 
“November in Australia is the beginning of summer and so the event will have a different feel for the athletes, officials and travelling supporters.
 
“These championships will give the Australian Curling Association the opportunity to share the event worldwide through World Curling TV and the international media presence and hopefully will encourage more Australians to take up the sport." 
 
The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships are held annually in November and qualify teams for the World Curling Championships the following year in March and April. From these championships two women’s teams – the gold and silver medallists – will qualify for the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Ontario, Canada (17-25 March). Similarly, the top two men’s teams will secure places at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2018, set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (31 March-8 April).
 
As well as the titles and medals that are on offer, these championships will provide invaluable competition for those teams that have or still can qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, just a matter of months later.
 
The host of the event is the Erina Curling Association with Ellis Southee as the local organising committee chair. Hugh Millikin, a World Curling Federation Vice-President and member of the local organising committee, will assist Southee in the initial organising efforts.
 
Millikin said: “The Australian curling community is very excited to use the hosting of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships to have access to world class curling ice for the first time in Australia.
 
“Australia will host its national mixed doubles and seniors play downs in the week before the PACC. Ice makers that usually convert hockey ice to curling – in 15 minutes – will be part of the ice crew to gain knowledge on how best prepare ice in short time frames and learn the best practices for pebbling and scraping.
 
“The legacy for the event will be Australians having access to ‘’real’’ ice and stones. This event should be the first of many events Australia will bid to host in the future. With the fifth sheet, available for the public during the PACC, the hope will be to expand the 200+ curler base, not only in Sydney but throughout Australia.”
 
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