World Curling Federation Annual Congress 2012 begins

The inaugural World Curling Federation (WCF) Annual Congress is now underway, with over 100 delegates arriving from around the world yesterday ready to take part in a series of meetings and discussions aimed at developing the sport of curling.

The World Curling Federation Annual Congress 2012 is now underway Photo: WCF

The majority of the WCF’s 49 Member Associations will be represented at the Congress this week where several key issues will be up for discussion. These will focus on proposals for a new Governance structure within the WCF and also, closely related, a proposal for a new WCF Constitution.

The Congress will also give Members the opportunity to meet to discuss zonal matters, meet with the newly appointed WCF Competitions and Development Officers and discuss several matters relating to the sport of curling with the WCF and other Member Associations.

The 2012 Congress is being held at Turnberry Resort, which lies within sight of Ailsa Craig, the island that provides the granite used to produce curling stones. Later in the week, attendees will also be given the opportunity to visit Kays of Scotland factory, situated close by, to see how curling stones are manufactured.

The week will culminate in the Annual General Assembly (AGA) which will take place on Friday 19 October. In future, the AGA will continue to take place annually at the WCF Congress, which will be hosted between 26 August and 2 September in 2013.

Speaking of the World Curling Federation Annual Congress 2012, WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome so many attendees to the first World Curling Federation Annual Congress. This is a truly international gathering which will provide the platform for some excellent dialogue and decision making which can be encompassed into the ongoing development of our sport. I look forward to meeting everyone throughout the week.”

The World Curling Federation Annual Congress 2012 is being held between Tuesday 16 and Friday 19 October.

The World Curling Federation would like to acknowledge the support of the following organisations for their financial and administrative support in delivering this first Congress:

• UK Sport
• Event Scotland
• sportscotland
• The Scottish Government
• Ayr Ice Rink plc
• The Royal Caledonian Curling Club
• South Ayrshire Council
• The local volunteers from Ayr Ice Rink and other local clubs