Nugget Column #06 – Tuesday November 4th, 2014
The Canadian Mixed Curling Championships are days away and the City of North Bay will play host to the week-long event featuring the country’s most elite curlers.
From a sports tourism perspective, the championships are sure to be well received by the community and lend nicely to the city’s resume of world class sporting events attracted as of late.
All citizens of North Bay and the surrounding areas are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to not only support curling and tourism locally, but to treat themselves to competitive sport at its finest.
The Mixed Championships, first held in 1964 in Toronto, was played at the Royal Canadian Curling Club. At that time, Carling O’Keefe Brewery was the event sponsor and remained so through the 1971 edition. Manitoba’s Ernie Boushy won the first Canadian Mixed and would go on to win his second title two years later in 1966.
This event is no consolation to the other Season of Champions events, as for many of the competitors, this will not be their first national experience. Take Team Northern Ontario for example; Skip Colin Koivula was at the Brier just last year as second for Jeff Currie; and his Lead Amanda Gates represented our province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2012.
This is the eighth time that Northern Ontario has played host to the Canadian Mixed Championships, and the second time the event had been played in North Bay. In 1998, an up-and-coming skip from Manitoba named Jeff Stoughton won his first national championship.
Tickets for the event may be purchased online (www.canadianmixed.com) until 5pm Friday after which point they will only be available at the North Bay Granite Curling Club. Event passes go for $60 while day passes are $10 and final day passes are $15.
Tickets are also on sale for the closing banquet to be held at the Clarion Resort on November 15th. Cost is $40 and reservations are required by Tuesday November 11th.
“This is going to be an exciting way to showcase both mixed curling and the North Bay Granite Club”, says host committee co-chair Dave Bennett. “Our club has a dedicated group of volunteers ready to make this one of the best Canadian Mixed Championships that has ever been staged.”
Teams have been selected to two pools based on total round robin wins for each province or territory for the past three championships. Teams from Nunavut and Yukon are making their first full event appearance.
The first draw hits the ice on Monday November 10th at 9:30am, followed by an afternoon draw at 3:00pm and evening draw at 7:30pm.
Opening Ceremonies will be at 6:30pm Monday.
North Bay Granite Club