The Men’s and Women’s Under-18 (U18) Provincial Curling Championships are coming to the Royal Kingston Curling Club (RKCC). From Wednesday March 30 to Sunday April 3, 2022, the championships will feature the top eight men’s and women’s teams from across the province, each competing for a chance to represent their province at the Canadian Championships in May.
According to a statement from Tourism Kingston, some of the country’s best players have honed their skills in the under-18s, including John Epping, Scott McDonald, Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Jamie Sinclair, Dave Mathers and Matt Camm. Kingston Tourism said the young players coming to Kingston this month bring the same passion and drive to the game as Canada’s top players.
The opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Competing teams will be thrown onto the ice to the sound of the RKCC’s pipe march, according to the statement. The Games will begin with a special proclamation from Town Crier Chris Whyman and official words of welcome from Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson.
Championship play will begin earlier that day. The first game will start at 2:30 p.m. on March 30 and, after the opening ceremony, there will be a game at 8 p.m. The finals will be played on Sunday 3 April. Two teams of each gender will qualify for the Canadian Championships.
“With the recent lifting of restrictions in Ontario, we are thrilled to once again welcome curling competitors, coaches and fans to our wonderful facilities,” said Deb Wilkin, President of the RKCC. “Our organizing committee has worked hard to ensure an unforgettable experience for everyone.
The U18 provincial championships were originally scheduled for January at the Oshawa Curling Club, but had to be canceled – for the second year in a row – due to COVID-19. According to the statement, when the Ontario Curling Association asked the RKCC if it would consider hosting the games in March, the decision was unanimous.
“We didn’t want to see another delay or cancellation for these enthusiastic young curlers,” Wilkin said. “As the event has not taken place since 2019, this is the first opportunity for many of these teams to compete at this level and meet others from across the province who share their dream of one day competing in the Brier, the Scotties or the Olympics. ”
“We are proud to bring an event of this caliber to the City of Kingston,” added Murray Matheson, RKCC Vice President. “Having hosted the Brier in 2020 and the Scotties in 2013, Kingston has proven that when it comes to curling, this city rocks!
“With the support of local sponsors including CurlON, Tim Hortons, Tourism Kingston, Greater Kingston Curling, BMO Private Wealth, Secker, Ross & Perry LLP, McDougall Insurance and Momentum Pilates, we look forward to giving Les U18 participants and visitors to the Royal Kingston Curling Club.
More details, including team rosters and draw schedules, are available on the CurlON website.