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Perth, Scotland to host 2011 World Junior Championships

World Juniors 2011 heading to Perth. Photo: Perthshire Advertiser

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and Scotland’s Royal Caledonian Curling Club have announced that Perth, Scotland will host the World Junior Curling Championships in 2011. The event will return to the Dewars Centre and will be staged from 5-13th March 2011.

“The World Curling Federation is delighted to confirm that Perth will host the World Junior Curling Championships in 2011,” said World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness. “The City of Perth has shown great commitment over the years to staging first class international curling events. The World Juniors in 2011 are set to be no exception with the great synergy already in place between the WCF’s event partners: The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, EventScotland, Perth and Kinross Council and Dewars Centre,” added Caithness.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, Scotland’s national events agency, said: “Securing the World Junior Curling Championships for Perth in 2011 is fantastic news for Scotland and will ensure the country’s reputation as a destination for the sport continues to flourish. Last year Aberdeen hosted the European Curling Championships, an event which attracted a world class field, thousands of spectators and a substantial economic impact. Hosting the Juniors will raise awareness of the sport among young people and encourage participation to ensure that Scotland retains its position on the leader board in the sport for years to come. The Juniors will also generate economic impact in Perth as the area welcomes competitors from all over the world and their families and support teams.”

Councillor Callum Gillies, Chairman of Perth Common Good Fund, said: “We are delighted that Perth and Kinross Council and the Perth Common Good Fund are able to support the World Junior Curling Championships coming to Perth. Perth and Kinross is recognised as a major centre for the sport and so it is entirely fitting that we should play host to such a prestigious tournament.”

“As Chair of the host committee, I am committed to making sure that the 20 teams of competitors and coaches, plus the relatives and spectators attending these Championships, have a wonderful 10 days in Perth, with great curling and fellowship resulting in lifelong friendships," declared Bill Duncan, Chairman of Dewars Centre in Perth.

Ten junior women’s and ten junior men’s teams will travel from all around the world to compete in the event in Perth next year. The junior women’s championship will include teams from Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Russia, France, Czech Republic and Scotland. The junior men’s event will include teams from Switzerland, Scotland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark.

Teams from the Pacific Region and one additional junior men’s and women’s team from Europe will qualify from the Pacific Junior Curling Championships and European Junior Curling Challenge in January 2011. The USA junior teams will qualify if there are no challenges from Brazil, the other America’s region WCF member nation.

It will be the fifth time that Scotland has hosted the World Junior Championships (1976 Aviemore, 1985 Perth, 1991 Glasgow and 1995 Perth).

In 1995 the event was also staged at the purpose-built curling ice facility at Dewars Centre. At the time, it was Scotland’s Tom Brewster Jr who skipped his team to win the junior men’s title. Canada’s Kelly Scott made her debut on the international curling scene by winning the junior women’s gold medal.

The 2010 World Junior Championships took place in Flims, Switzerland. Switzerland (Skip: Peter de Cruz) won gold in the junior men’s event and Sweden (Skip: Anna Hasselborg) won the junior women’s championship title.