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Sault to host seniors' curling event in December

National championship draws best curlers aged 50+
Sault Ste. Marie hosted the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2010.

Sault Ste. Marie has been selected as the host community for the 2021 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships to be held Dec. 6-11.

Curling Canada made the announcement in a news release on April 26.

“We’re excited to make this announcement after what has been a turbulent year for both our sport and in general,” said Mitch Minken, chair of Curling Canada’s board of governors, in the release.

“The 2020 version of this event was one of the first to be impacted by COVID-19 this past March, and we’re excited to work with our partners Everest and the exceptional host committee in Sault Ste. Marie to bring this first-class event back to the ice.”

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The Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships draws curlers aged 50 and over from across the country to compete.

Last season’s event was slated for Portage la Prairie, Man., but was cancelled due to the emerging global pandemic.

Sports tourism has proved a major attraction to bring visitors to the Sault in recent years, with the 2014 Grand Slam of Curling and the 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup among the high-profile events to visit the city.