Esbjerg, Denmark to host 2011 Capital One World Women’s Championship

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that the City of Esbjerg, Demark will host the Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship in 2011.

The event will be staged in the heart of the North Sea harbour city in an ice arena complex from 19-27 March 2011.

“The World Curling Federation is delighted to announce that the Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship 2011 will take place in Denmark” said Les Harrison, WCF President.

Speaking on the fringe of the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark where the official announcement was made, Les Harrison added: “The choice of Esbjerg is recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Danish curlers and the Danish Curling Association to the development of curling at an international level in recent years.”

The Danish women’s team won the bronze medal at the Mount Titlis World Women’s Curling Championship 2009 in Gangneung, Korea. Denmark has qualified to send men’s and women’s curling teams to the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in February 2010.

“The Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship 2011 is an important championship in an Olympic sport with Danish athletes at the top. All collaborators behind the Danish bid are 100% dedicated to the event and the City of Esbjerg is an active and progressive host for major international sports events, in general. We will leave no stone unturned to give the event athletes, team managers, officials and spectators a unique and memorable experience” said Lars Lundov, Chief Executive of Sport Event Denmark.

“The City of Esbjerg has a lot to offer; perfect sports facilities; convenient accommodation facilities and not forgetting; the North Sea (Vesterhavet), which is something unique for Denmark and to which thousands of tourists flock all year round,” said Tove Porskjær, board member of the Danish Curling Association and head of the local organising committee for the 2011 Championship.

“The City of Esbjerg has all the necessary facilities to play curling in the heart of the city. Five years ago a new curling venue was built next to two ice arenas. Thus, we have the best possible conditions for both training and competition,” said Johnny Søtrup, Mayor of Esbjerg.

The Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship 2011 is the first WCF championship to be held outside the Danish capital. Copenhagen was the location for the World Senior Curling Championships in 2006 and European and World Junior Challenge competitions for entry to the WCF’s World Junior Curling Championships in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009. In 1980 and 1996 the city hosted the European Curling Championships.