World Mixed Curling Championship to have Canadian debut

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The World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 will head to Canada for the first time, in October.

Kelowna Curling Club, in Kelowna, British Columbia will host the fourth edition of this open entry event from Saturday 13 October to Saturday 20 October 2018. In its first few years this event has attracted 37 of the World Curling Federation’s 60 Member Associations.

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said: “We are delighted to take our World Mixed event across the Atlantic for the first time. This event is proving to be a first-class development tool for our established and emerging Member Associations.

“I look forward to following the progress of this event and thank Jock Tyre, the club’s General Manager and Tourism Kelowna for their hard work to make this event possible.”

With its 12 sheets the Kelowna Curling Club is one of the biggest clubs in Canada, along with Red Deer and Royal Caledonia in Regina.

Jock Tyre, the General Manager, of the host venue said: “The Kelowna Curling Club is truly excited to be hosting the World Mixed. This unique event allows unlimited number of countries to enter straight into a world championship. The Kelowna Curling Club is proud to be hosting countries from every continent and is looking forward to being an ambassador for the city and province.”

Previously the 2002 World Junior and the 1986 World Women’s Curling Championships have been held in Kelowna.

President and CEO of Tourism Kelowna, Lisanne Ballantyne, said: “Tourism Kelowna is proud to support the winning bid for the World Mixed Curling Championship. With over 35 countries competing and many of them coming to Canada for the first time, this major event increases our destination awareness and appeal to an international audience. Hosting the World Mixed Curling Championship is an excellent example of how event tourism can enhance Kelowna’s brand while driving new overnight visitors and economic benefits into our shoulder seasons.”

You can follow the World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) and by searching the hashtag #WMxCC2018 #curling