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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.