Fredericton curling event to be world’s largest!

FREDERICTON - Organizers today confirmed the Cox & Palmer 2013 World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships being held in Fredericton April 13-20 will be the largest international gathering in the sport's history.

"We're very pleased to be welcoming 34 senior women's and men's teams along with 28 mixed doubles teams," said Local Organizing Committee Chair Wayne Tallon. "With roughly 350 athletes and coaches, this represents the largest curling event ever in terms of total number of teams and countries represented."

While several nations with rich curling histories will be taking part, a lot of newcomers will also be challenging for championships. "Certainly countries such as Canada, Scotland, and Sweden are very well established, but it's exciting to see the sport catching on in places like Spain and New Zealand. Those of us who have grown up with the game have always had a special appreciation for both the competition and the friendships that are built," said Tallon. "And now, to have that fraternity growing at such a pace, it's very satisfying for everyone involved."

Representing Canada in senior play is Cathy King of Edmonton on the women's side and Red Deer's Rob Armitage in the men's bracket. It remains to be seen who will wear the maple leaf in the other portion of the tournament, with the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials taking place March 14-17 in Leduc, Alberta.

Volunteer applications are still being accepted, and sponsorship opportunities remain available. Interested parties can contact either the Fredericton Curling Club or Capital Winter Club, or inquire through the championship websites.

Tournament passes are now on sale. You can buy them online at http://wscc2013.worldcurling.net and http://wmdcc2013.worldcurling.net or at the Aitken Centre Box Office, the Capital Winter Club and the Fredericton Curling Club. Pricing for the full tournament pass is $99 plus HST plus service fee, or $114 total.

Media contact:
Chris Jenkins,
Media and Security Committee Chair
506-461-1225
cjenkins_sj@hotmail.com

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