Kelowna, Canada to host World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships 2020
The World Curling Federation is pleased to confirm that the World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships 2020 will be held in the Kelowna Curling Club, in British Columbia, Canada from 18 to 25 April 2020.
Much like the 2019 event, soon to begin in the Sørmarka Arena, in Stavanger, Norway, the 12-sheet Kelowna Curling Club will simultaneously host the mixed doubles and senior events.
World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “I am delighted that Kelowna has bid to host these world championships in 2020 so soon after running a successful World Mixed event in 2018.
“The Kelowna Curling Club is an ideal venue to house these world events. With over 60 teams competing and supporters and media attending from across the world, as well as the World Mixed Doubles being one of our live TV events, I am in no doubt the coverage generated for curling’s newest Olympic discipline will be second to none.”
The event in Kelowna will be the first World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship to feature 20-teams. In 2018, the World Curling Federation was charged by its Member Associations to change this championship from an open entry event, which has a record of 48 teams competing in 2019, to a multi-layered competition with a 20-team world championship and an open qualification event.
The purpose of this, is to improve the quality of competition at the top-level of this discipline and at the same time create more beneficial competition for emerging Member Associations who are using mixed doubles to make first-steps into competitive, international, curling.
Canada, the host nation, are the current Olympic mixed doubles champions. Canadian pair, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris won the first ever Olympic mixed doubles curling gold medals in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. Pictured below, © WCF / Richard Gray
Kelowna has hosted three world curling championships before – the World Women’s in 1986, the World Juniors in 2002 and the World Mixed in 2018.
“Tourism Kelowna is proud to support the winning bid for the World Mixed Doubles and Seniors Curling Championships 2020,” said Lisanne Ballantyne, Tourism Kelowna’s President and CEO. “Kelowna was recently named the number one mid-size Canadian city for sports events thanks in part to previously hosting events like the World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 which generated $CAD 1.21 million in economic impact for the province.
“We thank the World Curling Federation for recognising our expertise and excitement in hosting these international events and our world-class hotels, hospitality and attractions. We look forward to welcoming the athletes and curling fans to the Okanagan next April.”
Kelowna Curling Club General Manager, Jock Tyre, said: “The Kelowna Curling Club is very proud to have been given an opportunity to showcase our club and city to the curling world. Our world class volunteers did such an amazing job with the 2018 World Mixed that it makes us feel very prepared to step it up a notch with the World Seniors and Mixed Doubles.”
The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship has been held in Canada twice previously – in Lethbridge, Alberta in 2017 and in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2013. As well as on these occasions Canada has also hosted the world senior championships in Edmonton, Alberta in 2007 and Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2003.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the World Mixed Doubles and Seniors championships back to Canada, and we’re delighted that the World Curling Federation has awarded these events to the beautiful city of Kelowna,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. “British Columbia has proven time and time again that it hosts world-class curling championships, and we’re confident that this will be the case in 2020 in Kelowna.”
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