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The World Curling Federation Athletes’ Commission issue their own statement on brush pad technology:

Fellow Curlers and Guardians or our Great Game:

The fundamental responsibility held by the World Curling Federation Athletes’ Commission is to voice our athletes’ perspective in cooperative support of the WCF achieving its mission.

The WCF AC advocates that a Curler’s physical ability and mental skill must be the principal components of performance.  Technological developments that supersede that skill and ability require official regulation by the WCF and its Member Associations.

While we fully support progress and unique development specific to our sport the controversy surrounding recent technological advances needs to be investigated.  The field of play has been negatively affected to the point where elite athletes from around the world are voicing concern and taking action to self-police and limit the use of certain technology.

Athletes should not have to bear this responsibility alone.

Opening a dialogue with equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders in order to develop real, measurable and enforceable standards will ensure the Spirit of Curling and its traditions continue to be held to the highest standard.  Most importantly, it will allow our athletes to put their focus back on the excellence of performance.

We strongly encourage quick, decisive action be taken by the WCF and are ready, willing to help however possible.

Thank you for your consideration.

In the true Spirit of Curling,

Ann Swisshelm – Skip, Cathrine Lindahl – Vice Skip,
Bingyu Wang, Kelly Scott, Andreas Schwaller, Michael McCreadie

The mission of the WCF Athletes’ Commission is to communicate the interests of the Athletes in cooperative support of the WCF achieving it’s mission.

The Athletes’ Commission serves as an independent and consultative body, and acts as a link between active curlers (athletes), the WCF Board, the WCF Commission on Rules and Competition as well as the IOC Athletes’ Commission.


CurlManitoba has announced that Viterra Inc. has signed a partnership agreement which will see the grain industry leader become the title sponsor of the Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship for the next 2 years.


Viterra becomes only the fourth title sponsor of the championship since 1925 when Hall of Fame legend Howard Wood Sr. won the first Manitoba men’s title in 1925. The first Viterra Championship will take place at the Selkirk Recreation Centre February 9-14, 2016.


Viterra joins Macdonald Tobacco (1925-1979 British Consols); Labatts (1980 – 1994 Labatt Tankard); and Safeway (1995-2006 Safeway Select, 2007-2015 Safeway Championship) as the only sponsors of the championship in 90 years. The company became a CurlManitoba partner in 2014 as title sponsor of the first Manitoba Mixed Doubles Trials.


“We’re excited about our new partnership with CurlManitoba, which is a great opportunity to support one of the province’s premier sporting events, as well as local talent from across its communities,” said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s President and CEO for North America.  “Most importantly, the values exhibited by our curlers – integrity, respect for others, and teamwork – are qualities that are shared by our employees as they work to provide our farm customers with superior service.”


‘We are very pleased to have Viterra join us in the presentation of Manitoba’s premier men’s curling event,” says CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker. “Competitors and curling fans alike can look forward to the Viterra Championship with anticipation that our relationship with Viterra will help maintain and even enhance an already exceptional championship event.”


Qualifying for the first Viterra Championship has already begun. Harkening back to the Granite Curling Club roots of the first ever Manitoba champion, a Granite team skipped by Taylor McIntyre (Sam Good, Riley Smith, Jared Hancox) won the spring 2015 qualifying berth bonspiel in Killarney. In addition, 2015 champion Reid Carruthers and his West St. Paul foursome (Braden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski, Colin Hodgson) earned their return trip as provincial champion. Last season’s provincial finalist Mike McEwen and his Fort Rouge team (BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld) qualified as the highest placed Manitoba team on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.


Twenty-nine teams will join Team McIntyre in Selkirk in February. They will qualify as follows:

  • 1 berth awarded to winner of Berth Bonspiel – La Salle (October 30-November 1, 2015)
  • 2 berths awarded to the top two eligible Manitoba teams on CTRS on December 10, 2015.
  • 1 berth awarded to winner (or highest finishing eligible team) of Manitoba Curling Tour Championship – Dauphin (December 11-13, 2015)
  • 3 berths awarded to the top ranked eligible teams on the Manitoba Curling Tour ranking after the MCT championship.
  • 18 berths awarded through CurlManitoba Regional Playoffs (December 18-20, 2015)
  • 1 berth awarded to winner (or highest finishing eligible team) of Brandon Bonspiel (January 7-10, 2016)
  • 3 berths awarded through the Manitoba Open bonspiel – Winnipeg (January 14-18, 2016)


The 2016 Viterra Championship will be the fifth Manitoba Men’s Championship played in Selkirk. Four of Manitoba’s favorite curlers have skipped the winning teams in the previous Selkirk events. In 1993, Vic Peters won his second of two Manitoba championships, defending the title his Granite team had won the year before. In 2001, Kerry Burtnyk – Assiniboine Memorial won his fourth of five Manitoba titles. In 2005, Randy Dutiaume and his Valour Road team won the Safeway Select en route to a Brier bronze medal. In 2009, Jeff Stoughton – Charleswood won his seventh of a record eleven Manitoba championships.


Today CurlManitoba announced that after 21 years as the title sponsor of the Manitoba Men’s Provincial Curling Championship, Safeway will be stepping down from the lead sponsorship this upcoming season.

“Safeway has been an incredible supporter of our sport for over half a century, and we’re particularly grateful for their substantial support and leadership over the past two decades,” said CurlManitoba President Sam Antila. “Safeway’s generous investment in our sport over the past two decades has helped grow the Manitoba men’s championship into a premier event, not just in Manitoba but on the national scene as well,” continued Antila.

”We are exceptionally proud of the impact our Manitoba investments in this sport and look forward to finding new ways to continue to build on our valued partnership with the people and communities we’ve worked so closely with,” said John Graham, Director Public Affairs & Government Relations for Safeway. Beyond curling, Safeway has developed deep routed commitments with many Manitoba organizations, last year donating over $3 million in food and financial support to a broad selection of community events and causes.

The 21-year Safeway history as men’s championship title sponsor is second only to the 50-year support of Macdonald Tobacco, the original sponsor. The company’s support of curling in Manitoba dates back to the Empress Jam Pail curling days in the 1960s, and has included sponsorship of the Safeway-Lucerne event in the MCA Bonspiel, and title, presenting and lead sponsorships in a broad range of local, national and international championships, including several World, Brier, Scotties and Olympic Trial events.

After hosting its first Safeway Select in the old Winnipeg Arena in 1995, the championship under Safeway’s sponsorship was played in Morden, Virden, Portage La Prairie, Brandon, Neepawa, Selkirk, Steinbach, Beausejour, Dauphin and Winnipeg.

The new title sponsor for the Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship will be introduced at a news event to be hosted by CurlManitoba at Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Museum on October 7, 2015.

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