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Homan and Morris earn berth to Mixed Doubles Trials

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

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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A winning weekend for Brad Jacobs in World Curling Tour action

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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Gunner has CTRS target on his back going into weekend events

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

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

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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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

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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Curling Canada adopts new sweeping regulations

September 11, 2016

New regulations covering brush-head technology and sweeping technique for play at World Curling Federation events were approved on Saturday at the WCF’s Annual General Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden.

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2016 For The Love of Curling Scholarship winners announced

August 29, 2016

Athletic and scholastic dreams will be furthered for 10 deserving young curlers, winners of the 2016 Curling Canada Foundation For The Love of Curling scholarships, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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Curling Night at the Ballpark in Winnipeg

August 25, 2016

(Courtesy, CurlManitoba) It was the baseball version of a draw to the button ‚ a strike across the corner of the plate! The pitcher was two-time Manitoba and Canadian junior men’s curling champion Matt Dunstone, also a two-time Manitoba youth baseball champion, with the ceremonial opening pitch on Curling Night at the Goldeyes this past Tuesday in Winnipeg.

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Canadian Mixed Doubles Olympic qualifying process set

August 15, 2016

Canada will decide its first Olympic mixed doubles entry in January 2018, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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Brier, world champ Nolan Thiessen joins Curling Canada team as consultant

June 24, 2016

Curling Canada is adding one of the game’s best players to its organization, it was announced today.

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Rocque returning to China to guide Olympic men’s team

June 22, 2016

A Canadian curling legend will be taking his coaching talents overseas, it was announced today. Marcel Rocque, a four-time champion at the Tim Hortons Brier and a three-time Ford world men’s champion throwing lead rocks for Randy Ferbey’s Edmonton team, will be guiding the Chinese national men’s team through to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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New formats, new event introduced at 2016 National Curling Congress

June 19, 2016

Not only will Curling Canada have new formats for its national men’s and women’s championships, it will also have a brand new national championship.

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