Junior curlers target World Championships

January 2013 sees junior curlers from the World Curling Federation’s European and Pacific-Asia regions vying for the last spots at the World Junior Curling Championships 2013.

The European Junior Curling Challenge 2013 is currently underway in Prague in the Czech Republic and on January the 11th the 2013 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships will start at the Tokoro Curling Club in Kitami-City, Japan.

25 junior curling teams representing 15 nations are competing in the World Curling Federation’s European Junior Curling Challenge (EJCC 2013) at the Curling Hall Roztyly in Prague.

The winning junior women’s and junior men’s team will qualify for the World Junior Curling Championships 2013 in Sochi, Russia. (28 February to 10 March).

Twelve junior women’s teams are competing: Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

Thirteen junior men’s teams are taking part: Austria, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey.

Play begins on Thursday evening with both junior women’s and men’s teams being split into two pools for a round robin series. Playoffs and finals will be staged on Tuesday 8 January.

Follow the results from the EJCC 2013 here: http://ejcc2013.curling.cz

WCF Member Associations that have already qualified teams for the World Junior Curling Championships 2013:

Junior Women: Scotland (Gold 2012), Czech Republic (Silver 2012), Russia (Bronze 2012), Sweden, Canada, Norway Switzerland, and USA.

Junior Men: Canada (Gold 2012), Sweden (Silver 2012), Scotland (Bronze 2012), Norway, USA, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Russia (as host).

Further information about the World Juniors 2013 can be seen here on the event website: http://wjcc2013.curlingevents.com

The Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships 2013 will take place in Tokoro, Kitami-City, Japan from 11-16 January following a day of training on 10 January. It will be the 9th edition of the event.

Six junior men’s teams from Australia, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea and New Zealand will compete in the event along with five junior women’s teams from Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.

All teams will play a double round robin through to Tuesday 15 January. Semi-finals and finals will be held on Wednesday 16.

The winning junior men's and junior women's teams will qualify for the World Junior Curling Championship 2013 in Sochi.

Follow the results from the PAJCC 2013 here: http://www.curling.or.jp/pajcc2013/pajcc2013-top.html