Regina, Canada to host 2011 Ford World Men’s Championship

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) have announced that Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada will stage the 2011 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship.

It is the third time that the World Men’s Curling Championship returns to Regina. In 1973 Sweden won the event there (Skip: Kjell Oscarius) and in 1983 it was won by Canada (Skip: Ed Werenich).

The 2011 event will be held from April 2-10 at the newly-named Evraz Place (formerly the Agridome) which has hosted major curling championships in the last 12 years such as the 2001 Canadian Curling Olympic Trials, the inaugural Continental Cup in 2002, the 2006 Tim Hortons Brier (Canadian men’s championships) and the 1998 and 2008 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Canadian women’s championships).

“The World Curling Federation is extremely pleased to have the 2011 Ford World Men's Curling Championship return to Regina where it has had great previous success,” said Les Harrison, WCF President. “Saskatchewan curlers and fans have been exceptional in their support for high level competitions in the past and as this will be the first qualification process for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, we expect this event to be an unqualified success. We look forward to working with our partners, the CCA and the local organizing committee, led by Chairman Derek Boe.”

“Regina continues to be such a wonderful host to our events. Over the last few months, the Canadian Curling Association and the City of Regina have worked hard to see the 2011 Ford Men's World Championship come to fruition in this great curling city,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the CCA.

“On a personal note, I would also like to commend Ford of Canada for their wonderful partnership with the CCA and the WCF and their involvement once again with the World Championship,” added Stremlaw. “Ford has been nothing but first class to deal with and it is nice to have partners who are so committed to what we do and clearly see value in what we are able to provide to them.”

“Regina is excited to be hosting the 2011 Ford World Men's Curling Championship,” said Host Committee chairman Derek Boe, who is also the current President of Curl Regina.