Sudbury will host a trio of national curling events in 2022.
Curling Canada announced on Aug. 4 that the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex will host the 2022 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)/Curling Canada Championships from March 15-19, and the 2022 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship from March 22-27.
“The Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship is an up-and-coming event that’s gaining more notoriety each season. The U SPORTS and CCAA championships are important events that develop young athletes while maintaining the balance of competitive spirit and academic success,” said Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson in a news release.
“Sudbury has an incredible résumé when it comes to hosting premiere national curling events, and we’re confident in the host committee’s ability to provide a memorable experience for all competitors during these three championships.”
The winners of this year’s event in Sudbury will represent Canada in men’s and women’s curling at the 2023 FISU Winter World University Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Coniston Curling Club, Copper Cliff Curling and Curl Sudbury will serve as joint host organizations for the events.
Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger welcomed the announcement.
“National curling events of this calibre are a huge boost to our local economy and are a sure sign that our lives are beginning to return to normal,” Bigger said in the release
“On behalf of curling fans across northeastern Ontario, thank you to Curling Canada for awarding these events to Greater Sudbury and to the passionate volunteers of the Coniston, Copper Cliff and Curl Sudbury Curling Clubs for hosting these teams.”
According to Curling Canada, Sudbury is one of just a handful of cities to play host to all of Curling Canada’s longstanding national championships: the Tim Hortons Brier (1953, 1983), the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (2001), the New Holland Canadian Juniors (1990), the Everest Canadian Seniors (1973), and the Canadian Mixed (2012).
Sudbury was scheduled to host the 2020 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19.