Mixed Doubles rules to be trialled at Winter Games NZ

Next week’s Audi quattro Winter Games NZ will host the first major international Mixed Doubles Curling competition since the June announcement of the discipline’s addition to the Winter Olympic programme.

A strong field of twelve teams from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Korea, Japan, USA and hosts New Zealand will contest the event at the Maniototo Curling International rink in Naseby, Central Otago.

Games Curling Manager Sam Inder is upbeat about the calibre of the players competing, with well over half having recent World Championship experience. “This is recognition of the solid background work put in by both New Zealand Curling and the Games to attract teams of this standard,” he said.

The Games have also been selected to trial proposed Mixed Doubles rule changes in preparation for the 2018 Olympic competition.

Mr Inder said the Naseby tournament will provide teams with an excellent opportunity to experience the new rules at a prominent international event.

Pool play will start on Monday 24th, and the finals will be decided on Thursday afternoon.