U SPORTS and CCAA Canadian Curling Ch’ships

Sudbury will build on its well-established reputation of hosting national curling championships by adding three new events to its repertoire this season, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

Sudbury’s Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex will host the 2022 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)/Curling Canada Championships from March 15-19 and the 2022 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championships from March 22-27.

Both scholastic championships will feature eight men’s and eight women’s teams.

 

“The U SPORTS and CCAA championships are important events that develop young athletes while maintaining the balance of competitive spirit and academic success. Sudbury has an incredible resumé when it comes to hosting premiere national curling events, and we’re confident in the host committee’s ability to provide a memorable experience for all competitors during these three championships.”

 

Katherine Henderson – Curling Canada CEO

The U SPORTS and CCAA championships are being staged together in partnership with Curling Canada for the fourth time.

Portage la Prairie, Man., last hosted the championships in 2020. The University of Alberta’s Pandas team skipped by Selena Sturmay and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Golden Hawks skip Matt Hall led their teams to the women’s and men’s U SPORTS gold medals. Those victories earned the groups the right to represent Canada at the 2021 FISU Winter World University Games in Lucerne, Switzerland, this December.

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The winners of this year’s event in Sudbury will represent Canada in men’s and women’s curling at the 2023 FISU Winter World University Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Laurentian University serves as the host school for this event. Its women’s team is coming off two gold-medal victories (2017 and 2019) and members of both winning teams represented Northern Ontario at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary this past season (skip Krysta Burns [2017]), third Megan Smith [2017, 2019], second Sara Guy [2017] and alternate Kira Brunton [2019]).

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“We are excited to bring our Curling Championships back to Northern Ontario,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. “Laurentian and the Greater Sudbury community continues to leave a substantial mark on the national stage and we are confident the Voyageurs program will serve as a formidable host, as we prepare with our partners at Curling Canada for a safe return to university sport across the country.”

It’s the fifth U SPORTS event hosted in Ontario and second in Northern Ontario after Thunder Bay hosted the event most recently in 2017.

(Story from Curling Canada)

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