From Curling Canada and the CCAA
SUDBURY, Ont. — Sudbury will build on its well-established reputation of hosting national curling championships by adding three new events to its repertoire this season.
Sudbury’s Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex will host the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)/Curling Canada Championships and U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships from March 15-19 and the 2022 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championships from March 22-27.
“The U SPORTS and CCAA championships are important events that develop young athletes while maintaining the balance of competitive spirit and academic success,” said Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson. “Sudbury has an incredible resumé when it comes to hosting premiere national curling events, and we’re confident in the host committee’s ability to provide a memorable experience for all competitors during these three championships.”
Sudbury is one of just a handful of cities to play host to all of Curling Canada’s longstanding national championships – the Tim Hortons Brier (1953, 1983), the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (2001), the New Holland Canadian Juniors (1990), the Everest Canadian Seniors (1973) and the Canadian Mixed (2012). Sudbury was scheduled to host the 2020 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19.
“I am tremendously excited to welcome these events to our community,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “National curling events of this calibre will be a huge boost to our local economy and are a sure sign that our lives are returning to normal. On behalf of curling fans across Northeastern Ontario, I express appreciation to Curling Canada for awarding these events to Greater Sudbury and to the tremendous volunteers of the Coniston, Copper Cliff and Curl Sudbury Curling Clubs for hosting these teams.”
The CCAA and U SPORTS championships are being staged together in partnership with Curling Canada for the fourth time.
The Concordia Thunder men’s team and the Douglas Royals women’s teams are coming off back-to-back championship victories at the CCAA-level after securing gold-medal victories in 2020.
“The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is looking forward to bringing the top collegiate teams to Sudbury, Ontario,” said Sandra Murray-MacDonell, Chief Executive Officer of the CCAA. “Building on partnerships and collaboration with the Host Organizing Committee, Curling Canada, and U SPORTS, the CCAA is committed to enriching the student-athlete experience and growing the sport at the post-secondary level.”
It will be the fourth CCAA event held in Ontario and the second in Northern Ontario after Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., hosted the event in 2014.
Both scholastic championships will feature eight men’s and eight women’s teams.
- T. Bennett