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TORONTO (June 24, 2013) – Sportsnet today announced that Suncor Community Leisure Centre in Fort McMurray will play host to next March’s The National, completing the list of event locations for next year’s Grand Slam of Curling series.

This marks the first time the Grand Slam of Curling will take place in Fort McMurray, who in partnership with MacDonald Island Park and Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club, will welcome 18 of the top men’s teams from around the world competing for a $100,000 purse.

“Curling is an essential part of the Canadian DNA and we’re thrilled to bring this world-class event to the great city of Fort McMurray and the community of Wood Buffalo,” said Greg Albrecht, Executive Director, Rogers Media. “Sportsnet has a long history of producing curling in Canada, and combined with the first-rate facilities at McDonald Island Park, The National will not disappoint.”

“I want to thank MacDonald Island Park, the Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club and the organizing committee for their commitment to bringing world class sporting events to Wood Buffalo,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “The National will offer great entertainment for our citizens while showcasing our community as a great place to live, work, stay and play.”

With all new venues and cities, the 2013-14 Grand Slam of Curling series is now confirmed.  Details are as follows:

Masters – October 30 – November 3, 2013
Location: Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre
Draw:  Men’s and Women’s draws
Purse: $200,000 ($100,000 spilt)

Canadian Open – November 13 – 17, 2013
Location: Medicine Hat, AB – Medicine Hat Arena
Draw:  Men’s draw only
Purse: $100,000

The National – March 12 – 16, 2014
Location: Fort McMurray, AB – Suncor Community Leisure Centre
Draw:  Men’s draw only
Purse: $100,000

Players’ Championship – April 15 – 20, 2014
Location: Summerside, PEI – Credit Union Place
Draw:  Men’s and Women’s draws
Purse: $200,000 ($100,000 spilt)

Additional details regarding the full 2013-14 Grand Slam of Curling schedule, ticket information and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

Owned and operated by Sportsnet, the Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women’s curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world.

 
 

The reigning champions will get a chance to defend their title in their home province at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association.

The 11th edition of the national wheelchair championship will be played April 28 to May 4, 2014, at Club de curling Boucherville in Boucherville, Que.

At the 2013 championship at the RA Centre in Ottawa, Quebec’s Benoît Lessard and his team from Magog — Carl Marquis, Sébastien Boisvert, Johanne Daly and coach Germain Tremblay — claimed their province’s first Canadian wheelchair title.

“Curling Quebec is excited that the country’s top wheelchair curlers will be in Boucherville for the Canadian championship,” said Curling Quebec executive-director Marco Ferraro. “It’s going to be a wonderful season of curling in our province, with both the Canadian wheelchair championship and the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal. Quebec’s curlers and curling fans couldn’t be happier.”

The 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Championship will be organized and operated by Défi sportif AlterGo, a Quebec-based organization focused on raising awareness of sports for athletes with a disability.

“We have an extensive background in running competitions for athletes with a disability, and we know there’s a passion for wheelchair curling in this country,” said Maxime Gagnon, the director for Défi sportif AlterGo. “We’re truly excited to be a part of this championship as it’s staged in Quebec for the first time. We’re confident that the curling community in Boucherville and around the province will embrace the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship and make it a big success.”

The Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship began in 2004 and has previously been won by Team Canada (skip Chris Daw) in 2004, 2005 and 2006; by British Columbia in 2007 (skip Darryl Neighbour), 2008 and 2009 (skip Jim Armstrong) and 2010 (skip Gary Cormack); by Manitoba (skip Chris Sobkowicz) in 2011; and by Saskatchewan (skip Darwin Bender) in 2012.

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For more information:

Danny Lamoureux
Director, Championship Services & Curling Club Development
Canadian Curling Association
Office: 613-834-2076 x116
Cell: 613-878-3682
dlamoureux@curling.ca
www.curling.ca

Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Canadian Curling Association
Tel: 403-463-5500
acameron@curling.ca
www.curling.ca

Maxime Gagnon
Director, Défi sportif AlterGo
Tel.: 514-933-2739, x213
max@defisportif.com

 
 

One of Canada’s best-known curlers has accepted a position to oversee the Chinese Curling Association’s men’s and women’s teams for the 2013-14 curling season, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Marcel Rocque of Edmonton, a four-time champion at the Tim Hortons Brier and three-time champion at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, all playing lead for the legendary Randy Ferbey team, made the announcement today.

“I will have an opportunity to experience an Olympic Winter Games, which is the only thing that isn’t on my list of accomplishments in the sport,” said Rocque. “Although I dreamed of this experience as a player with the Ferbey Four, trying to provide assistance as a coach would be the next best thing.”

Canadians have played prominent roles over the years in developing the sport of curling in various countries in a myriad of ways, including starting the game at the grassroots as well as the high-performance coaching level, administration and event management.

“Marcel has been a wonderful ambassador for curling in our country,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “This is another example of how Canadian curlers are looking to build the sport, not only at home but around the world.”

Since retiring as an active player, Rocque has been an active coach, including with the Canadian Curling Association (CCA), focusing particularly on sweeping techniques at various camps around the country.

“Marcel has been a huge supporter of the Canadian Curling Association, both during his playing career and now as a mentor with our younger players,” said Gerry Peckham, the CCA’s Director, High Performance. “This short-term position should be extremely beneficial for Marcel as he takes steps to progress in his coaching career, with an eye on returning to the CCA’s fold down the road.”

Rocque said he was thankful for the support his family along with his employer, the Edmonton Public School Board, as well as principal Bryan Radmanovich at J. Percy Page High School (where Rocque is a culinary teacher) as he considered the opportunity with the Chinese Curling Association.

“I love my current job, and in the past, I was always involved with coaching and all the other aspects of physical education for the students I work with,” he said. “My innate desire to continue to be a student of the game, has led me to this opportunity. I’m going to go to China to see if I can have a positive influence on the game that I love so much in a land far away. I feel that I will be given the opportunity to gain some great experience and to learn from their way of approaching sport to hopefully one day have a similar opportunity in my own country.”

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Media inquiries:

Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Canadian Curling Association
Tel: 403-463-5500
acameron@curling.ca
www.curling.ca

Marcel Rocque
Tel: 780-462-3322
mrocque@telus.net

 
 
 
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