Sherwood Park is once again slated to be curling championship central.
Following in the footsteps of the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, which featured 30 of the top teams from around the globe playing in May of 2016 at the Sherwood Park Arena, the Sherwood Park Curling Club has been looking to bring other important events in the sport to town.
They have found one in the third annual 2019 Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships, which was recently announced to be coming to the SPCC’s facilities in the Glen Allan Recreation Complex (GARC) from April 2 to 7 of 2019.
“It’s huge,” said two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Heather Nedohin, the business manager for the SPCC and the chair of the host committee for the U-18 nationals. “Any time we have an opportunity to host a national event, it is always a privilege. With our newly-renovated GARC facility, I am super excited to showcase our club to all these athletes from across Canada.”
“We’re thrilled and honoured to be hosting this world-class sporting event,” added Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank. “Our active, enthusiastic community and volunteers have been integral to our success in hosting other national sports events. Curling Canada’s U-18 athletes and fans alike can expect a warm welcome in Strathcona County. Curling is an essential part of recreation in our community, and we look forward to showcasing our revitalized Glen Allan Recreation Complex. We’ll be cheering on all participants from the 28 teams, and wish them good curling.”
The event will feature representatives of all 14 of Curling Canada’s member associations in both genders culled from curlers aged 17 and under as of June 30 of this year.
“As a competitor, I have so many fond memories of my early competitions, and they were important stepping stones in my career,” Nedohin said. “I had the opportunity to experience this as a competitor, and after seeing what our club was able to do with the Grand Slam event in 2016, I know what our members enjoy to do and to participate in and volunteer doing. Seeing the response with what we have done in the past with the community, I know we will do a wonderful job.
“Our club is already working hard to make this event special for competitors and their families, and we’re proud to be given this opportunity.”
Curling brass both on the national level and provincially are confident that Sherwood Park will more than be up to the task of hosting the event.
“This is an exciting time for Canadian curling as we start our road to the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, but the athletes in Sherwood Park will be the ones we’ll be looking at in 2026 and beyond, and to see them all under one roof is a tremendous opportunity,” said Resby Coutts, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “This truly is the competition where future champions learn how to become champions, and I know Sherwood Park will do a wonderful job in giving these athletes a showcase for their talents.”
“Alberta takes pride in hosting national curling championships, and we’re particularly excited to welcome the Canadian Under-18 Championships to our province for the first time,” echoed Jill Richard, Executive-Director of Curling Alberta. “I know there’s a dedicated group of volunteers in Sherwood Park who will take this event to new heights, both on and off the ice.”
The teams will be seeded into two seven-team pools, and will play eight-end round-robin games.
The top three teams will advance to the playoffs, with the pool winners advancing directly to the semifinals, and the second-and third-place teams meeting in crossover quarter-finals.
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Curlers Rachel Homan and Jennifer Jones at the Grand Slam event held in Sherwood Park in 2016.Photo by Shane Jones/News Staff


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