Sydney in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada will host the World Women’s Curling Championship in 2024.
Sydney is an ocean port, a component of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and is home to 30,000 people.
Centre 200, a sports and entertainment facility will host the championship from 16–24 March. The venue is located in the heart of Sydney and seats approximately 5,000 fans. It is the home ice of the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Centre 200 is not new to hosting curling events as Canada’s national women’s championship, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts took place here in 2019.
World Curling Federation President, Beau Welling, said: “We are thrilled to bring the world women’s championship in 2024 to Sydney in Nova Scotia, Canada! Curling Canada, our largest Member Association and key partner and stakeholder, has proven many times that they serve as excellent hosts and organisers of our World Curling events.
“Earlier this year, Prince George in British Columbia hosted the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Women’s Championship 2022 in an exemplary manner. Later this season we are looking forward to bringing four of our events to Canada; the inaugural Pan Continental Curling Championships 2022 to Calgary, our two world wheelchair championships in March 2023 to Richmond and the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Men’s Championship in April 2023 to Ottawa.”
Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Henderson, said: “Sydney has been through some hard times over the past month recovering from tropical storm Fiona, but we know from our experience there in 2019 that this is a strong community that gets things done.
“Curlers and fans had such a positive experience in Sydney in 2019 and I’m thoroughly confident that the same will be true for the 2024 world women’s championship.”
While it will be the first world women’s championship in Nova Scotia, the province is no stranger to world-class curling. The World Junior Curling Championships 2019 were held in Liverpool, while Halifax hosted the world men’s championship in 2015. Also, the Uniroyal World Junior Curling Championships 1986 took place in Dartmouth.
Membertou First Nation Chief, Terry Paul, said: “We’re proud to welcome the 2024 women’s World Curling event to Cape Breton. Participants from across the globe will have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and warm hospitality of our island. It’s sure to be an exciting and successful championship for all.”
Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor, Amanda McDougall, said: “Cape Breton Regional Municipality looks forward to welcoming the world to our friendly island. Our community spirit will shine through an event like the world curling championship. Our volunteers can’t wait to host these athletes and their families, friends and fans.”
Nova Scotia Curling Association President, Mike Strang, said: “Nova Scotia is so pleased that the 2024 Women’s World Curling Championship will be hosted by the enthusiastic fans and volunteers of Cape Breton. After the hugely successful 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, we knew Cape Breton would be the perfect spot for this event.
“We look forward to welcoming all of the various countries to our first-class facility, ice and most importantly, the curling fans. Ciad Mile Failte to all competitors and visitors.”
Sydney Host Committee Vice-chair, Paul MacDonald, said: “Holding the 2019 Scotties in Sydney really energised our curling community and we knew that we wanted another major curling event as soon as possible.
“Now we have the chance to showcase our region to the entire world and we’re excited and privileged that the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada have trusted us with this opportunity.”
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