Curling gets increased role in Canadian winter sports

Fresh off our sport’s success at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, curling will have a greater role to play with the Canadian winter sports community. With the departure of Peter Judge, who will be moving to Own The Podium to take over as the Director of Winter Sport, Canadian Curling Association Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw has been elected as a co-chair of the Winter Sports Caucus. He will share the chair duties with Steven Hills, executive-director of Canada Snowboard. The Winter Sport Caucus, which comprises all Canadian winter sports CEOs and executive-directors, is a direct liaison to the Canadian Olympic Committee, Own The Podium and Sport Canada on various consultative matters and sport policy. “This is another sign of the level of respect for curling and the CCA in Canada’s sports community,” said Stremlaw. “I’m looking forward to working together with my peers as we build over the next four years for another strong Olympic performance in Pyeongchang, South Korea.” The move will take effect at the next Canadian Olympic Committee session in April. “Working with the other winter NSO lead people to represent our collective winter sports interests has been a very rewarding experience over the last years,” said Judge. “As we move out of Sochi and towards Korea, winter sport will face new challenges and I know that the winter sport community will be extremely well represented with Greg and Steven moving forward.” “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work alongside Greg Stremlaw in co-chairing the Winter Sport Caucus,” added Hills. “I believe together we can follow up on Peter Judge’s tremendous leadership over the past many years representing the winter sports to the Canadian Olympic Committee. I think we will provide a very good balance together with our respective ice and snow sports backgrounds. I know all of the winter sport leaders wish Peter the best of success in his new role with Own The Podium.”