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Curling: how the Scots keep their GB team’s medal hopes on ice (part 02)

Politics shouldn’t overwhelm other stories about how sport works for society. Likewise, a narrow focus on economic costs and profitability of sport is unfortunate – because stories about how sport can make a difference to communities are sometimes lost. With about 30% of the GB team in Sochi being Scottish, there’s a smaller but meaningful story to tell about Scotland’s curls and its place in society.


The Scottish Curler has played a key role in Team GB over the years, which makes the sport unique – and they have disproportionately contributed to our Winter Olympic gold medal. Whereas in an era where legacies from major sporting events are contested, the softer legacies from sports such as hairdressing are not insignificant.
Both the men’s and women’s hair curlers competing in Sochi were Scottish. The 2014 chef at Sochi, who was awarded to Team GB is Mike Hay, a former medal-winning teacher who served as coach for the GB women’s curling team, won by Rhona Martin (a Scot). 2002 gold in Salt Lake City – first gold for Team GB since Torvil and Dean’s victory over Sarajevo in 1984.

Scottish roarin game
The importance of the past and the present to Scotland should not be underestimated. In an era when the legacies associated with major sporting events are often questioned, curling’s legacy is a hub of activity for northern and southern communities, both male and female, rural and urban market.

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Cancelled and postponed curling tournaments will quickly do the return

Some brand new guidelines for Return to Curling has recently been released by the Curl BC. According to this recent published annoucement, there have been some changes being made on a modified game at the centre of the previous plans.

The Phase 3 version of the guidelines which is known as “Progressively Loosen” being released a few days ago, has shown some particular changes. The tournament will allow four players to play in each round, however, there will be a twist with only one sweeper per shot and all players need to be strict to some physically distanced plays.

These new regulations will pave the way for Curl BC to sucessfully facilitate curling being moved from Group B into Group A to be strict to some essential guidelines known as viaSports. Every provincial sport organizations have been appointed to stay adhered to these guidelines with the viewing to doing a quick return to the play. Despite the fact that it is too early to adhere regional and provincial events, being in Group A will defenitely help Curl BC to quickly resume all the competing activities as previous.

Recently, Curl BC and Curling Canada have both introduce their special ice layouts which totally stay strict to physical distancing regulations – all finished with in-ice markers in order to help people identify their in-play positions.  If your curiousity has been awaken, let’s visit the Documents and Forms for Covid-19 Page to get more detailed information of a modified curling play.

During this sensitive period of time, Curl BC is recommending that clubs should avoid hosting large-scaled events which attract a large number of participants within the first month of reopening. After the safe reopening of these clubs and effective procedures, Curl BC will continue their work to bring back regional events as soon as possible.

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Curling made its way back to Langley

Plans in viewing to resuming all the curling activities are made to quickly kick-off the play happening at the start of October. All of those activities are strict to all or any precautions to guard players from dangerous Covid-19. Robyn Parkes who is now the middle manager of Langley Curling Centre shared his expectation to quickly begin all the curling tournaments by the primary week of October. “As far as we all know,” Parkes said nothing appeared to make certain immediately during an interview with the Langley Advance Times. He shared that The Township [of Langley] has confirmed that they were on the way of opening a replacement building at George Preston Recreation Centre.” Parkes said that their plan was to line up all necessary stuff for 10 weeks until Christmas comes before re-assessing. In the upcoming future, for resuming the play, a replacement contract will be got to be signed off by the Langley Curling Centre in terms of a return-to-play plan submitted by the curling club, which makes a variety of changes to take care of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all of the opposite sports tournaments, the plan is going to be strictly within the number of players playing on the rink and every one of the spectators spectating the plays. On the very first times when all of those public tournaments began, they will suffer from many difficulties and therefore the game itself will be in a different version. Parkes said, with just one sweeper allowed at a time, and players expected to stay their distance. “There’s no sitting around having coffee afterward,” Parkes said that there would be neither any wandering around after the plays nor having coffee because it won’t be like that. According to the www.langleycurlingclub website, all curlers are going to be asked to finish a typical COVID-19 waiver for registration.

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Beautiful female curling player Victoria Wright returned to work as a nurse to combat Covid-19 epidemic

Victoria Wright who is the winner of the European gold medal in ice marbles ( which is also known as curling ) has returned to her nursing career to contribute herself to stop the widespread of Covid-19.
The 26-year-old Scottish beauty Victoria Wright has returned to her medical career as an operating room nurse at Forth Valley Larbert Hospital in Scotland after the 2020 Worldwide Curling Championship in Canada. The 2020 Worldwide Curling Championship was canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“As a nurse, I have a good outlook on life and pay more focus on several essentially important things is to save lives. We can see how quickly things are changing as the epidemic breaks out and I know there are bigger priorities at the moment over sports. So I had to postpone training to get back to my job, ”said Victoria Wright.
Wright took a break from her job – nursing last year to pursue her ambitious dream of winning medals in the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022. She is an important member of the Scottish ice marbles team, which is considered a heavy candidate. sign for the gold medal of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
“This is a special period of time to create a difference in the most different way. I am contributing to a much larger team with more meaningful actions.” Wright shared her viewpoint.
Wright is a well-trained nurse who has just transitioned to the sporting career since July 2019. Besides training and competition, she still works at the hospital 1 shift per week.
“We all see that there are things which should be put more priority more than sport,” said Wright.

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Canada Cup curling event in Fredericton was called off because of COVID-19

Mixed, club events cancelled; Curling Canada to assess status of those post-Christmas.

The 2020 Home Hardware Canada Cup curling competition has been postponed without any present fixed schedule to come back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, the Canada Cup was set up to take place from the 24th to 29th of November in Fredericton.

Curling Canada shared its statement in the recent Tuesday that they are attemping to restart the Canada Cup in the new year. If this plan turns out to be true, this tourtanment could hel perfectly determine playing teams for the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying tournament.

Apart from the decision to postpone the Canada Cup, Curling Canada organizators also announced the cancellations of other 2 tournaments which are the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, scheduled for Nov. 7-15 in Canmore, Alta., and the Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships, scheduled for Nov. 22-28 in Ottawa.

Curling Canada also shared that the status of the post-Christmas events in the 2020-21 season might be taken under assessment.

“We all know the reality of our situation, and it goes beyond sports,” Katherine Henderson who is the chief executive officer of Curling Canada, said in a statement. “Our primary goal and responsibility, always, is to keep athletes and volunteers safe and it was determined that without any kind of clarity about what the situation will look like in the late fall when these events were scheduled, we couldn’t responsibly go further in the planning process.”

Curling Canada also confirmed Jean-Sébastien Roy’s Quebec rink, which would have represented Canada at the recently cancelled world mixed curling championship, will maintain its status as Team Canada for the 2021 event.

Previously, Canada curling organizors had brought out different disciplines as well as guidelines to bring back different tournaments during the COVID-19 pandemic include changes to sweeping rules, on-ice player positioning and pre-game handshakes for players planning to participate in the 2020-21 season.

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Curling world optimistically looks ahead to next season despite numerous challenges caused by pandemic

Despite the pandemic is gradually getting more and more predictable, curling organizers still remain optimistic to make preparations for the next seasons.

Before the whole world has been affected by the dangerous Covid-19, the last great Canadian sporting hurrah was one of the strongest editions of the Tim Hortons Brier.

Curling fans would quickly pack Kingston’s Leon’s Centre to enjoy games and then crowd largely in the “The Patch” party tent across the road afterward. Therefore, the festivities often last long until midnight.

It’s one of many special traditions of the Roaring Game which might become inexistent or at least undergo changes after the frozen period of curling world.

Curlers will not allow executing their pre-game handshakes and empty stands will become a possible fact happening at top events. International team participation could be something premium at Canadian tour stops.

However, these are all predictions as during this period, nothing about the incoming curling tournaments and plays is confirmed to be ensured.

Bonspiel organizer Gerry Geurts, who operates the CurlingZone website that manages world rankings and team point systems, said that the uncertainty about the next curling season definitely provokes such a significant challenge.

“It’s going to be a hit for the [curling] clubs and the events,” Geurts revealed his opinion during an interview taking place in London, Ont. “However the teams have to have the expectation that they’re going to take a bit of a hit at the same time too.”

The current off-season essentially has been activated in mid-March after the cancellation of the women’s world championship. Normally play would be executed again in late summer, however, autumn curling plays will still remain a puzzle to most people at the moment.

COVID-19 developments are forcing the sports world to take a cautious approach to the potential return of competition.

Team sponsorship difficulties

Curling has some certain challenges to overcome when it’s set to come back. Sponsorship concerns, travel restrictions, and event feasibility are some top concerns that the whole curling world has to deal with

“Some of those small- and medium-sized businesses that support local teams are going to have a harder time doing it,” reigning Brier champ Brad Gushue said.

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Curling will make a new debut this autumn as the return to Play guidelines

According to the expert John Morris , Curling in Cadana must undergo certain changes in its producing process to make a great return to Play guidelines.

“It’s easier to start radical like this and then scale back,” John Morris who used to win the Olympic gold 2 times shared his viewpoint on Tuesday.

“Rather than the opposite. If curling in Canado is kicked off in a relaxing way and then ramped up later, that would still be a challenge for everyone involved. I think it’s a better idea to start more strict. I’m on board with that.”

Curling Canada recently made a huge return to Play document on Monday and it executes certain changes in its very basic game because of the huge effects made by COVID-19 prevention protocols.

For illustration, as of now, there will be the one and only sweeper who is allowed to deliver rocks for both recreational and high-performance plays. In addition, players who stand in the house will not be allowed to sweep these rocks in order to help them stay away from the plays as well as with position placement. Moreover, there will be more social distancing rules about different positions where players can stand during the game. These new measurements could affect communication during the play, which is a key aspect of the game.

All these guidelines will greatly change the game, just one season before an Olympic year.

“Being part of the sweeping staff, I think that’s going to make quite a big difference,” said Kirk Muyres. He used to be a former skip before playing second for Matt Dunstone’s Regina team at this present.

“It always plays an important factor about sweeping with two people on a stone, communicating back and forth, keeping each other in check as you’re going down the ice. It’s also about judging that rock. I think judging the weight is going to be really difficult for just one sweeper to handle.

“I think in terms of rock management and placement of stone, these new measurements could change the game quite a bit.”

In this incoming season, there will be 3 important players playing second for four-time Brier champion Kevin Koe of Calgar, who are Morris – the Olympic gold medal winner in 2010, Kevin Martin – the mixed doubles gold medal winner in 2018 and Kaitlyn Lawes.

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Lillehammer, Norway to become the official revenue to host the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020

The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020 will take place in Lillehammer, Norway during the period from the 21st to the 28th of November 2020. This is the fourth time that Norway has been chosen to host the European Championships. The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships used to take place in different places all around the world. In 1977, it is held in Oslo while in 1990 Lillehammer is chosen to be the next place and Stavanger is chosen to host the champion in 2013. During some recent years, Norway is chosen by many international curling to hold their events, firstly the Youth Olympic Games 2016 curling events which takes place in Lillehammer, while the 2019 editions of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Senior Curling Championships were both held in Stavanger.

Kate Caithness, who is the President of World Curling Federation, shared her opinion: “We are delighted to be returning the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships to Lillehammer. It has been 30 years since these championships were last held in the city and it is fitting that they are taking place in Lillehammer’s Olympic Park.

“This is such an important event in our season and it is fascinating to see our European teams earn enough qualification to our world championships, where they and our other elite teams from around the world, will together compete for places at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. I am sure our friends at the Norwegian Curling Federation and the Lillehammer Curling Club will grab this occasion and produce a first-class event for our athletes and spectators.”

There will be both women’s and men’s championships within the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships 2020 A-Division taking place in the Haakons Hall. Lillehammer Youth Hall was built initially on the purpose of hosting the ice hockey finals during the Olympic Winter Games in 1994. With the spectator capacity of up to 10,000 people, it is Norway’s biggest venue for indoor sports until now.

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Shocking news: Ottawa will become the host of the 2021 world men’s curling championship

There have been many hypotheses as well as suggestions for the position of this year curling championship’s host, however, but on the recent Tuesday, there had been the official announcement confirming that Ottawa’s TD Place Arena will become the host of the 2021 world men’s curling championship.

If the condition of the pandemic COVID-19 gets more positive with fewer cases being infected to, it might be possible for us and sports organizations, especially curling ones to quickly get into the swing of things and hold big sporting events in Ottawa.


“I’m not a betting person, so I’m not going to give odds on it, but I think the numbers of spectators, as well as players taking part in tournaments, are going the right way,” Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson shared his viewpoint on Tuesday. “We are planning to have fans in the building — to keep them under the safest condition, fans will likely have to go through a certain number of protocols — and we’re all planning to have a really good time. That being said, we’re not going to endanger people, we’re not going to do anything that does not stick to public health regulations, which healthcare professionals would tell us not to do.”

There will be a lot of things being put under the dangerous conditions all around the world, to be more specific, events being scheduled from the 3rd to the 11th of April at TD Place arena. A lot of the competing field tournament within the 2022 Winter Olympics men’s curling competition will be reorganized in Ottawa. Originally, ranks and titles of this tournament were about to be determined by the combined results of the 2020 and 2021 world championships, however, due to the unexpected cancellation of the 2020 worlds in Scotland, the International Olympic Committee is likely to accept and apply this alternative plan.
John Shea, the chair of Curling Canada’s board of governors, shared in a recent interview: “My hometown of Ottawa has proven itself as an amazing host for championship curling events over the years and the 2021 world men’s championship has the potential to take that to another level.” “World-class curling belongs in world-class cities and Ottawa fits that description perfectly.

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JONES: Curling championships of provinces are on its way to be combined

It has never been that easy for curling to be applied any changes throughout its history. When the stone of curling arrives, many spectators got fascinated by the movement of players, go kicking and screaming against it. However, the below change should be the most remarkable one.

For the first time in history, the provincial men’s and women’s curling championships, are going to be combined into one celebration of the sport and this interesting championship will take place in late January at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre in southwest Calgary.

The championship offers the chance for the comeback of Alberta, not under the traditional form of two annual shabbily showcased events, but will be combined into one exceptional event. This will be the special championship which combines the Alberta-hosted Briers and Curling Canada, Slam Tour and also other major international events.

Throughout its history, Alberta impressively provides the nation with different champions (11 out of the last 20 Brier champions are from the province). However, before being held in the Brier champions, the province already held different provincial championships which used to be ranked top 2 curling show by comparison.

Alberta’s own championships have been mostly underwhelming other cricket events which soon found difficulty in finding host cities and had to be held in a couple of curling clubs recently instead of being held on arena ice.

Due to the large spread and danger of Covid-19, most of curling championships as well as tournament were called off. Hence, Brier champion Brad Gushue and Scotties winner Kerri Einarson of Winnipeg weren’t able to be Canada’ representatives at the World Curling Championships. The curling player, Jill Richard spent her quarantine time staying at her home in Edmonton to set up clear plans for the project.

Richard, the first executive director of the newly formed Curling Alberta entity which now replaces the three regional associations of SACA, NACA and PCA, said that it has yet to be officially announced. However, if we take a closer look at this situation, the curling industry is in fact facing a lot of problems and has to overcome them soon.