In an effort to better prepare Atlantic Canada’s High Performance teams to compete on the national and international stage, Curl Atlantic is organizing the first annual Curl Atlantic Championship on arena ice. This year’s event will be held at the Tantramar Veterans Civic Centre in Sackville, New Brunswick from September 23-26, 2011.
Three men’s teams and three women’s teams will qualify from each of the four Atlantic Provinces. Both the men’s and women’s divisions will have two pools of six teams and a round robin will be played so that all teams will be guaranteed five games on arena ice. Head CCA Ice Technician Jamie Bourassa will be installing and maintaining the ice throughout the event and the NSCA high performance rocks will be used. The Championship will be open to any team not receiving financial funding from Sport Canada, the Canadian Curling Association or Own The Podium.
After the round robin portion has ended, there will be two crossover games for the semi-finals with the winners advancing to the final game. This year the championship prize is an opportunity to participate in a European bonspiel. Curl Atlantic will provide airfare for four people, entry fee into the event and hotel accommodation for four nights. The men’s event is the Perth Masters from January 5-8th, 2012 in Perth, Scotland and the women’s event is the International Bernese Ladies Cup from January 13-15, 2012 in Berne, Switzerland.
Entry fee for each team is $1000. Entry deadline is June 24. Please submit entries via email to Helen Radford at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will notify all teams of the invitations after the June 24th deadline. Team will then have to send in a cheque for $1000 by July 15th to secure their spot in the Championship. For more information, please email Helen at the above address or call 902-497-6655.