Curling Canada | Scotties again in Calgary!

Curling Canada | Scotties again in Calgary!
Curling Canada | Scotties again in Calgary!
The long-lasting Peace Bridge crosses the Bow River close to Calgary’s downtown core. (Picture, Journey Alberta/Sabrina Hill)

2024 Scotties Event of Hearts returning to Calgary

Simply three years after internet hosting the world’s most well-known nationwide girls’s curling championship in a closed bubble, there will probably be followers within the constructing on the WinSport Occasion Centre to observe the 2024 Scotties Event of Hearts, it was introduced in the present day by Curling Canada.

The sixty fourth version of the Canadian girls’s curling championship will probably be staged Feb. 16-25 on the WinSport Occasion Centre at Canada Olympic Park, and can convey groups again to town that efficiently and safely hosted the 2021 Scotties, Tim Hortons Brier, Residence {Hardware} Canadian Blended Doubles Championship and the World Males’s and Girls’s Curling Championships, together with two Grand Slam occasions, in a bubble through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I can’t say sufficient good issues in regards to the Metropolis of Calgary and WinSport for the way in which they labored alongside Curling Canada in 2021, and we’re thrilled to convey the Scotties again to Calgary and placed on a correct present with followers in 2024,” stated Katherine Henderson, Chief Govt Officer of Curling Canada. “WinSport has exceptional amenities, and Calgary’s curling historical past and fervour for main occasions is well-chronicled. We’re wanting ahead to an incredible Scotties in 2024.”

It will likely be the forty third version of the Scotties Event of Hearts, extending a partnership with Kruger Merchandise that goes again to 1982 when the primary Event of Hearts was performed at Regina.

“Kruger Merchandise is proud to be the longest-standing sponsor of girls’s sports activities in Canada for over 40 years!” stated Susan Irving, Chief Advertising Officer at Kruger Merchandise. “We’re thrilled that the 2024 Scotties Event of Hearts, the world’s largest girls’s curling championship, is happening in Calgary, Alberta! Because the makers of Canadian main manufacturers, Scotties, Cashmere, Purex and SpongeTowels, we cherish the flexibility to proceed our sponsorship for such an necessary occasion and to assist Canadian girls’s curling for the forty third yr. We sit up for seeing unimaginable shows of talent from Canada’s prime athletes and one other riveting showcase of competitiveness, as they compete for the title of Group Canada.” 

Previous to the 2021 occasions, Calgary was no stranger to internet hosting main championships, though it’s the primary time the Scotties could have been performed in Calgary since 1995, when Connie Laliberte’s Manitoba workforce prevailed. Calgary additionally hosted the 1970 Canadian girls’s championship, received by Saskatchewan’s Dorenda Schoenhals.

The WinSport Occasion Centre will play host to the 2024 Scotties Event of Hearts. (Picture, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

“It’s a fantastic privilege to welcome Canada’s prime girls’s curling groups again to town in 2024,” stated Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek. “Whereas we just lately hosted the Scotties as a part of the closed curling bubble in 2021, we actually missed the expertise of cheering on the athletes dwell and in individual. I’m sure Canada will as soon as once more witness Calgary’s unparalleled ardour for the game of curling!”

Earlier editions of the Tim Hortons Brier have been staged in Calgary in 2015, 2009, 2002, 1997, 1980, 1961 and 1948, whereas the 1964 World Males’s Championship was contested in Calgary.

“Alberta is wanting ahead to welcoming Canada’s greatest on the 2024 Scotties Event of Hearts,” stated the Honourable Todd Loewen, Minister of Forestry, Parks and Tourism for the Authorities of Alberta. “As a famend journey vacation spot, Alberta is the proper place to as soon as once more host this prestigious event. I invite athletes and followers to benefit from the many world-class points of interest in and round Calgary and the Rocky Mountains, as they go to our province in 2024.”

The WinSport Occasion Centre, which opened in 2011 with a seating capability of round 3,000, has hosted quite a few nationwide and worldwide competitions in quite a lot of sports activities. Final month, it was the location of the inaugural Pan Continental Curling Championships.

It will likely be the eleventh time the Canadian girls’s curling championship has been determined in Alberta.

Along with the thrice in Calgary, Edmonton hosted in 1964 (received by Group Ina Hansen of B.C.) and 1980 (received by Saskatchewan’s Marj Mitchell); Lethbridge hosted in 1987 (received by B.C.’s Pat Sanders) and 2007 (received by Group Canada’s Kelly Scott); the 2004 (received by Group Canada’s Colleen Jones) and 2012 (received by Alberta’s Group Heather Nedohin) occasions have been performed in Crimson Deer; and the 2016 Scotties came about in Grande Prairie, the place Alberta’s Group Chelsea Carey got here out on prime.

“Calgary has a repute because the curling capital of Canada, with world-class venues, resort choices, followers and volunteers,” stated Cindy Ady, CEO at Tourism Calgary. “We love internet hosting curling, and in February 2024 the Scotties in Calgary will coincide with our winter pageant Chinook Blast, making it the proper time to spotlight this characteristic occasion and have a good time girls’s curling.”

Alberta groups have received the Canadian girls’s championship on eight events, behind solely Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Group Canada, with 11 apiece.

Along with the wins by Group Carey of Calgary and Group Nedohin of Edmonton listed above, Group Carey additionally received in 2019 at Sydney, N.S.; Group Cathy King of Edmonton received in 1998 at Regina; Group Susan Seitz of Calgary prevailed in 1981 at St. John’s, N.L.; Group Myrna McQuarrie of Lethbridge received the 1977 championship in Halifax; Group Hazel Jamison of Edmonton received in 1968 in Winnipeg; and Group Gail Lee of Vancouver received in 1966 at North Vancouver, B.C.

“It’s been far too lengthy since followers in Calgary have had the chance to observe the Scotties Event of Hearts dwell and in individual,” stated Jill Richard, Govt Director of Curling Alberta. “The Alberta curling neighborhood is able to get behind the 2024 Scotties and make it the very best occasion for volunteers, followers and gamers, and I’m excited to see all of it occur at WinSport.”

The winner of the 2024 Scotties Event of Hearts not solely will symbolize Canada on the World Girls’s Curling Championship in Sydney, N.S., the profitable workforce additionally will play on the 2025 Scotties Event of Hearts as Group Canada.

The primary entry into the 2024 Scotties will probably be selected Feb. 26 in Kamloops, because the 2023 Scotties Event of Hearts winner is determined that day, and can play as Group Canada in Calgary.

Ticket and volunteer info will probably be launched in early 2023. Followers are inspired to enroll on the Curling Canada Collective to obtain updates.

TSN/RDS2 , the official broadcast associate of Curling Canada’s Season of Champions, will televise the entire motion from Calgary.