September 17, 2015 - 11:30 AM
KELOWNA - The Canadian University Curling Championships will be held in Kelowna next spring and the winning rinks will go on to represent Canada at the 2017 Worlds in Kazakhstan.
Curling Canada and Canadian Interuniversity Sport have awarded the 2016 Curling Canada University Curling Championships to the city.
The event will be held March 20 to 23, 2016, at the Kelowna Curling Club.
“We have a world-class facility which will allow these athletes to put on a great show,” Kelowna Curling Club president Peter Ellison says in a media release. “The enthusiastic curling community of Kelowna will be in for a treat.”
The winning teams, men and women, will represent Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade scheduled for Jan. 28 to Feb. 8, 2017, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
“The City of Kelowna has a long tradition of curling excellence and there is no doubt the organizing committee will offer our student-athletes an unforgettable experience,” Canadian Interuniversity Sport CEO Graham Brown says in the release.
The Kelowna curling championships will be the ninth edition of the university nationals. It’s the second time they have been decided in B.C. after Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops hosted in 2013.
Last year, the University of Alberta became the second school to grab both the men’s and women’s gold medals.
“University curling has continued to grow in Canada and we’re excited to see this event move to the Okanagan Valley,” Pat Ray with Curling Canada says.
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