WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS By Al Cameron, Curling Canada

World Curling Federation and Curling Canada. Te event, featuring 10 men’s and ten women’s teams in the under-21

Canada set to host 2019 World Juniors T

he planet’s best young curling teams will gather in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, for the 2019 World Junior Curling Cham- pionships (WJCC), it was announced jointly on Aug. 2 by the

age group, will be played Feb. 17-24, 2019, 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 delight-

ed 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 Champion- ship was held in Halifax. “With this announcement, we continue to grow stronger ties with Can-

ada, who have time and time again hosted first class World Curling Cham- pionships. 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, Chairman 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 Liver- pool will be ready to welcome the world in 2019.” Liverpool is no stranger to hosting high-calibre junior curling events.

Te 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. “Te province recognises the value of events, and their ability to deliver

significant social and economic benefits,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “Tis 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-seat 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 Liv- erpool 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. Te 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 Tunder Bay, Ontario, 1996 at Red Deer, Alberta,

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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. Te 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 Curl- ing Championships 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Tree 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 Torbourne, Chair of the Liverpool Host Committee. “Te 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.” To engage with the WCF on social media in the build to and during

WJCC 2019 follow it on Twitter, Instagram (@WorldCurling) and Face- book (/WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags when posting: #WJCC2019 #curling. Q

Team USA heads to Switzerland for World Mixed Championship in October

son rink will represent the U.S. at the event this fall. Clawson (Clarks- ville, Md.) won the event, which took place in March in Williston, N.D., with his team of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Caleb Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.). Due to her com- mitments with her women’s team as Team Christensen prepares for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, An- derson will not compete in Switzerland. Her sister, Em- ily Anderson, who has com- peted in several national events during her career, will take her place as a member of Team USA. Te Americans will compete in a preliminary round robin com-


petition, hopefully followed by a playoff appearance. Te complete schedule and announcement of competing countries will be made by the World Curling Federation this fall. Te World Mixed Champion- ship began in 2015.

he 2017 World Mixed Championship will take place Oct. 6-14 in Champery, Switzerland. By winning the 2017 USA Curling Mixed National Championship, the Hunter Claw-

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