Sunday 13 March 2016
At the conclusion of the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC) 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness announced the venue for the World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC) 2017.
The event, which decides the final six teams for the 2017 WJCC – the top three ranked women’s and men’s teams – will be held in the recently built Östersund Arena, in Östersund, Sweden between 3 and 10 January 2017.
The winning teams will join the host nation, Korea, and the top six placed teams from the World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in qualifying for the WJCC 2017, to be held in the Olympic Winter Games 2018 host city, PyeongChang, Korea.
Caithness said: “It is my pleasure to award Sweden the World Junior-B Curling Championship in 2017. The Local Organising Committee [LOC] are very experienced organisers and have excellent facilities, in terms of ice and accommodation, lined up for this event. The World Curling Federation looks forward to working with the LOC, their local partners and the Swedish Curling Association to ensure the success of this event.”
Rickard Hallström from the LOC in Östersund said: "We are really looking forward to welcoming the curling family back to Östersund. This is the first step on our journey to host a number of curling events in our Winter City, and as usual, our plan is to deliver more than everybody expects."
The city of Östersund has been the venue for curling for a long long time and is the home town of many curling champions. Two of the clubs most famous curlers are the present head coaches of Sweden, Peja Lindholm and Cathrine Lindahl - winner of two straight Olympic Gold finals. There's always something going on in Östersund, no matter when you arrive. Entertainment, sports events and kids' activities.
About Östersund Curling Club
Founded 1945; six sheet indoor arena built 1983; host of WJCC 1999, 2008 and 2012; two times Club of the Year in Sweden and reputable host of Swedish Nationals.