Tag Archives: Featured (page 2)

Tag Archives: Featured

Tour action from East to West this Thanksgiving weekend

John Epping delivers his stone at the 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup in Grande Prairie, Alta. (Curling Canada/Michael Burns photo)
October 7, 2016

It’s not often that the curling’s top teams have to choose between two premier World Curling Tour events on the same weekend. Usually one offers a stronger field, or the opportunity for more money, or points. Such is not the case this Thanksgiving weekend as the competitive curling world is essentially split between east and west. In the east, Toronto’s Stu Sells Tankard is taking place at the High Park Curling Club in Toronto. In the west, the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic is underway in Edmonton. In each case, 24 teams are battling for a purse of $50,000, and ...

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MQFT with Tracy Fleury

Tracy Fleury (Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver photo)
October 7, 2016

This week, John sits down with Tracy Fleury, one of the most decorated female curlers to come out of Northern Ontario. She represented Northern Ontario three times at the Canadian Juniors, once at the Scotties (in addition to representing Ontario once as well), and really cemented a name for herself on tour in the 2015-16 season, peaking at Number 7 in the CTRS rankings. Because of that, her squad will be in Brandon, Man., for the Home Hardware Canada Cup. Welcome to Magical Question Fun Time, the Curling Canada feature where comedian John Cullen sits down with your favourite curlers ...

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2018 Canadian Mixed to be hosted by Swan River, Man.

October 5, 2016

Canada’s best four-player mixed curling teams will be headed to the Swan Valley in Manitoba to contest a national championship, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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Homan and Morris earn berth to Mixed Doubles Trials

Winners of the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Championship in Portage-la-Prairie, Man. Left to right: Silver medallists Rui Wang and De Xin Ba (China), Gold medallists John Morris and Rachel Homan, Bronze medallists Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander Krushelnitsky (Russia) (Curling Canada photo)
October 4, 2016

We don’t know which duo will represent Canada in Mixed Doubles at the next Olympics, but who well-known curlers just threw their name in the ring. With a win at the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Championship in Portage-la-Prairie, Man., Ottawa’s Rachel Homan and Calgary’s John Morris earned a berth to the Mixed Doubles Trials, which will be held in January 2018. For Jeff Stoughton, head of Canada’s mixed doubles development, it was a welcome result. “We’re getting better,” he said of Canadian doubles teams. “We had two [Canadian pairs] in the semifinals, which was positive. We’re right there with the ...

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Mixed doubles Olympic chase heats up in Manitoba

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September 29, 2016

There will be some Olympic fever in the air this weekend in Portage la Prairie, Man. The second annual Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic, beginning Friday in Portage la Prairie not only features a power-packed field, it also offers some pretty powerful prizes besides the cash purse.

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2017 Travelers Curling Club Championship headed to Kingston

September 29, 2016

Historic Kingston, Ont., will play host to Canada’s best club curling teams in 2017, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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A winning weekend for Brad Jacobs in World Curling Tour action

Winnipeg Mb. Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings 2013.skip Brad Jacobs.CCA/michael burns photo
September 27, 2016

Winnipeg’s Jason Gunnlaugson entered the weekend in first place on this season’s Canadian Team Ranking System leaderboard. When all the bonspiels across the country finally wrapped up on Monday night, he was still leading… but just barely. Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) was the real winner on the weekend, taking home the top prize at the College Clean Restoration Curling Classic in Saskatoon. The victory earned him $12,000 and 65.692 CTRS (and World Curling Tour Order of Merit) points, which now puts him only a few back from Gunnlaugson on this season’s, year-to-date tally. Gunnlaugson, on the other hand, ...

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Survey responses will help Season of Champions

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September 23, 2016

You talked, we’re listening, and you’ll see the results at future Curling Canada championship events!

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Gunner has CTRS target on his back going into weekend events

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September 22, 2016

It’s early in the season, but there seems to be something a little strange happening on the Canadian Team Ranking System leaderboard. Winnipeg’s Jason Gunnlaugson, who’s only played sporadically in high-level events in recent seasons, currently holds the top spot after qualifying in all three events on his team’s schedule thus far, and winning one of them.

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New PHE Canada resource for teachers gets kids to “Move Think Learn” about curling

The new PHE Canada Move Think Learn: Focus on Curling resource for teachers includes curling-specific gym activities such as aiming at a target and maintaining balance while throwing. (Photo by Helen Radford)
September 21, 2016

Physical education teachers now have an easy way to introduce their grades 4-6 students to the sport of curling, thanks to a free online resource package offered by Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada. Move Think Learn: Curling in Focus is the latest in a series of sport-specific packages that help teachers create a complete learning unit, using classroom and gymnasium equipment in innovative ways. PHE Canada’s curling resource joins 12 other physical education packages that focus on a variety of sports ranging from hockey, basketball and soccer to archery, canoe/kayak and team handball, among others. “The themes of Move ...

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Rankings and rewards for top teams at past weekend’s Tour events

Kevin Koe (Curling Canada/Michael Burns photo)
September 20, 2016

If any ranking system were perfect, a tournament would always see the two highest ranked teams meet in the final. Of course, that rarely happens, especially when you have 13 of the top 15 teams in the world beating up on each other, as was the case at Cornwall, Ont.’s AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic. And yet, when the dust settled on Sunday afternoon, World Curling Tour No. 1 Team Brad Gushue (St. John’s) was set to face No. 2 Kevin Koe (Calgary) for the championship. This time, however, the ranking wasn’t the deciding factor, as Koe took home the ...

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Shawinigan, Que., to host 2018 Canadian Juniors

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September 20, 2016

Canada’s best junior curling teams will play for the 2018 national championships in Shawinigan, Que., it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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Thiessen blog: How we got to Curling ABG (After BroomGate)

September 16, 2016

This past week, the World Curling Federation introduced numerous new sweeping and equipment rules during the World Curling Congress in Stockholm. This year’s congress was likely the most discussed Congress of the five held to date, after a year in which a massive sweeping conundrum hung over our sport.

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Savill returns to the ice at Shorty Jenkins Classic

Craig Savill (Curling Canada/Michael Burns photo)
September 14, 2016

While there will be thousands of dollars and hundreds of CTRS points on the line at this weekend’s Shorty Jenkins Classic, the most exciting part of the weekend for curling fans will be watching a guy who hasn’t played in a year fill in on a team that is not expected to win. No disrespect to Brantford’s Chad Allen (skipping in place of Wayne Tuck), but his foursome will have their work cut out in Cornwall, Ont., where the event will be hosted for the second year. In a field that includes the likes of Brad Gushue (St. John’s; currently ...

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MQFT with Steve Laycock

Steve Laycock (Curling Canada/Michael Burns photo)
September 13, 2016

This week, John sits down with Steve Laycock, the three-time defending Saskatchewan champion, a Brier bronze medallist, and a former World Junior champion. Steve’s team is ranked 7th on the World Curling Tour Order of Merit heading into the season and will be one of the teams competing at the Canada Cup. Welcome to Magical Question Fun Time, the Curling Canada feature where comedian John Cullen sits down with your favourite curlers for interviews like you have never seen. Each interview will feature eight questions: five standard questions that will be asked to each curler, two questions specific to that ...

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