Brazil, Canada and Mexico to compete in America’s Challenge 2021

Darren Moulding of Canada © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The final America’s Challenge will be played this weekend (29–31 October) at the Lacombe Curling Club in Alberta, Canada. The America’s Challenge sees the second ranked Member Association from the previous World Championship — provided they will not be hosting the next championship — play against any challengers from the Americas Zone for a spot in this year’s edition of the championship.

It was voted on by the Member Associations at this year’s World Curling Annual General Assembly, that this will be the last Americas Challenge, with the championship now merging with the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships to form the new Pan-Continental Curling Championships, from the 2022–2023 season.

Brazil’s Marcelo Mello © WCF / Clare Toia-Bailey

At this year’s men’s competition, Canada will be challenged by Brazil and Mexico. The winning team at the end of the double round-robin event will earn the second America’s Zone spot into the upcoming LGT World Men’s Curling Championship from 2-10 April 2022 in Las Vegas, United States. There is no women’s competition at the Americas Challenge this season.

The first game will take place at 19:00 (29 October) and the final round-robin game will be at 14:00 (31 October).

Brazil will be skipped by Marcelo Mello for the fifth consecutive year. The Brazilians have yet to win a game at the America’s Challenge and will look to get their first win this week.

Canada will be represented by the reigning Canadian champions, skipped by Brendan Bottcher. This will be Canada’s second time in the Challenge, the first being when they won in 2018.

Finally, Mexico, who made their first appearance at the Challenge in 2019 will be skipped by Jesus Barajas, who is making his first showing on the international curling stage.

Full schedule

29 October
19:00 Canada v Brazil

30 October
09:00 Brazil v Mexico
14:00 Canada v Mexico
19:00 Canada v Brazil

31 October
09:00 Brazil v Mexico
14:00 p.m. Canada v Mexico

All times are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)+6.

25 October 2021
Americas Challenge