Liverpool, Canada named World Junior Curling Championships 2019 hosts

  • Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia

The planet’s best young curling teams will gather in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada for the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 (WJCC), it was announced jointly on Wednesday (3 August) by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada.

The event, featuring ten men’s and ten women’s teams in the under-21 age group, will be played between 17 and 24 February at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool. It will mark the first time the WJCC has been contested in Canada since 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia - the test event for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “I am delighted to confirm we will be taking international curling back to Nova Scotia for the first time since 2015, when the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship was held in Halifax.

“With this announcement, we continue to grow stronger ties with Canada, who have time and time again hosted first class World Curling Championships. It is also exciting to work with a new organising committee who are full of enthusiasm for this event.”

“We’re extremely excited to see the World Junior Curling Championships returning to Canada,” added Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “We’re also grateful to the World Curling Federation for this opportunity, and its faith in the Liverpool Host Committee. We’ve seen this group do a wonderful job in the past, and I’m confident that Liverpool will be ready to welcome the world in 2019.”

Liverpool is no stranger to hosting high-calibre junior curling events. The 2014 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Championships were played at Queens Place Emera Centre, and featured victories by eventual two-time world champion Kelsey Rocque of Alberta in the women’s competition, along with Manitoba’s Braden Calvert on the men’s side.

“The province recognises the value of events, and their ability to deliver significant social and economic benefits,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “This event will put Queens County on the international stage and I am confident the local curling community and its amazing volunteers will make this a memorable week for curlers and spectators.”
Queen’s Place Emera Centre is a multi-purpose facility with an NHL-size arena, indoor track, fitness centre and basketball courts - all within the 1,050 seater arena. Five sheets of curling ice will be installed for the WJCC.

“We look forward to welcoming the world’s top young curlers to Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool in February 2019,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Congratulations to the Liverpool Championship Host Society on its successful bid to host this major international event. Not only will we be able to share our Queens County hospitality with curlers and visitors from all over the world, fans of top-calibre curling will see eight days of the very best that curling has to offer.”

It will be the 45th edition of the World Junior Men’s Championship, which debuted in 1975 in East York, Ontario, while it will be the 32nd World Junior Women’s Championship, which began in 1988 in Chamonix, France. The events were combined into one, a year later in Markham, Ontario.

It will be the eighth-time Canada has hosted the combined Junior Worlds — 2009 at Vancouver; 2004 at Trois-Riviéres, Quebec, 2002 in Kelowna, British Columbia., 1998 at Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1996 at Red Deer, Alberta, 1990 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and the 1989 event in Markham.

Prior to that, Canada hosted the World Junior Men’s Championship nine times, including in 1986 at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where Canada’s Kevin Martin lost in the gold-medal game to Scotland’s David Aitken.

The WJCC 2019 will feature the host teams from Canada in both genders, along with the top six countries in each gender from the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Three more countries in each gender will qualify out of the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2019 (dates, location TBD).

“We are delighted that Liverpool has been awarded the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 by the World Curling Federation,” said Greg Thorbourne, Chair of the Liverpool Host Committee. “The bid process has been a collaboration with our partners, and the real work begins now as we start turning these ambitious plans into an exciting event. From today we will start working with new partners, sponsors and volunteers to deliver a successful event at Queens Place Emera Centre in February 2019.”

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