April 4, 2014
The World Curling Federation has announced the hosts of the World Junior Curling Championships, European Junior Curling Challenge, European Mixed Curling Championship and World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event for the 2014-15 curling season.
Tallinn, Estonia will host their first World Championship when they welcome the world’s best junior men’s and women’s teams for the World Junior Curling Championships between 28 February and 8 March 2015.
One men’s and one women’s team will qualify for that event from the European Junior Curling Challenge, with Prague in the Czech Republic confirmed as hosts for the event taking place between 3-8 January 2015.
Denmark will welcome the world of curling back to Taarnby Curling Club for the European Mixed Curling Championship which will be held from 13-20 September 2014. This is an open invitation event for mixed gender curling teams consisting of two male and two female athletes.
The World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event will be hosted by Lillehammer in Norway from 1-6 November 2014. This event sees the top two teams qualify for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in 2015 which will take place in Lohja, Finland in February.
The announcements were made following the WCF’s Executive Board meetings which were held at the CPT World Men’s Curling Championship 2014, which are currently taking place in Beijing, China until 6 April.
Speaking from Beijing, WCF President Kate Caithness said: “We are excited to be taking our events to these locations and in particular Estonia who will host their first major international curling event. They have shown great ambition in recent years by helping develop our sport in Eastern Europe. We are in no doubt that that each of the local organising committees will put on a great show and we look forward to welcoming everyone to these venues next season.”
Looking towards the World Junior Curling Championships 2015, President of the Estonian Curling Association, Fred Randver, said: "We are honoured that the World Curling Federation has given us our first opportunity to host a World Championship event. Curling has grown considerably since the sport was introduced to our country more than 10 years ago and this Championship will mark a key milestone in the progress we have made. Over the next few months we will be working hard to prepare for these Championships and look forward to welcoming the world to our country next February.”
Taarnby Curling Club has hosted several World Curling Championship events in the past, most recently the European C-Group in 2013 and the World Senior Curling Championships in 2012.
Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the European Mixed Curling Championship, Johannes Jensen, said: "We are delighted that the World Curling Federation has placed its trust in us once again. Following the success of previous World Curling Federation events in our club, we will look to once again put on a fantastic competition for everyone to enjoy.”
After being awarded the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification Event, Pal Trulsen, General Secretary of the Norwegian Curling Association, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to test out our venue ahead of the Winter Youth Olympic Games which will be taking place in this same curling venue in February 2016.”
He continued: “In Norway, we are always looking to increase awareness of the various disciplines of curling and this event will give Lillehammer the opportunity to see wheelchair curling shortly after the hugely successful Paralympic Winter Games held in Sochi earlier this year.”
The Czech Curling Association will host the European Junior Curling Challenge for the sixth time, having held it as recently as 2013.
On the host award, President of Czech Curling Association, David Šik, said: "We are honoured to be given the opportunity to host the European Junior Curling Challenge again. It is always a wonderful opportunity for Czech curling fans, to see for themselves, some of the best young curlers in Europe and we strongly believe that it will be a successful event. Of course, we would also like to invite fans from around the world to join us in Prague for this event.”
Further details about all of these and other WCF events can be found here: www.worldcurling.org