Swedish Curling Association celebrate 100 years with #bigcurling100 event

It is a year of major landmarks in the curling world - The World Curling Federation (WCF) celebrates its 50th anniversary, while in the sport's founding nation, Scotland, one of the oldest curling clubs, Kilsyth Curling Club is 300.

Also, on Saturday (10 December) the Swedish Curling Association (SCA) - one of the WCF's 56 Member Associations - turns 100.

To mark the occasion, the SCA are hosting a bonspiel of huge proportions in Sandviken, Sweden between Thursday 8 and Sunday 11 December at one of the world's largest curling venues, Göransson Arena.

To give you an idea of the size of the bonspiel, here are some of the numbers involved in running the event:

  • 24 sheets of ice will be used and maintained by 25 ice makers;
  • 1.8 kilometres of bumpers have been fitted;
  • There are 1384 stones being used, weighing 7.6 tons;
  • 2200 square metres of blue carpet has been laid;
  • and there are 520 players, representing 118 teams, in wheelchair and team curling!

    For more information on the event and for line scores visit, www.curling.se/ and follow SCA on Facebook - /SwedishCurlingAssociation

    One of the highlight games in the schedule on Friday, is two times Olympic gold medallist and three times women's World champion skip, Anette Norberg against three time men's world champion Peja Lindholm.

    The two teams last played in 2007 against each other, when Peja snatched the victory by one point. Meanwhile, this is the first time Anette’s team has been on the ice together since the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

    The game between Norberg and Lindholm begins at 2pm (Central European Time).

    To watch this game live visit, www.gd.se/logga-in/live-fredag-13-55-se-det-prestigefyllda-returmotet-mellan-peja-lindholm-och-lag-anette-norberg

    Or for live scores, www.curling.se/tavla/jubileumstavling2016/liveresultatfredag1400/

    Also, rumour has it that there is another feature game on Saturday, between WCTV commentator and Swedish national coach, Alison Kreviazuk and WCF President, Kate Caithness!

    To everyone involved, good luck and good curling, and from all at the World Curling Federation many happy to returns to the Swedish Curling Association.