EDMONTON – For the first time since the early 1980s, Canada West will crown conference curling champions when the 2019 Canada West Curling Championships are hosted by the University of Alberta at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton this weekend.
The roaring game is returning after being added as a conference sport at last spring’s Canada West AGM. Curling was last formally contested in Canada West in the 1983-84 season for women, and for men in 1980-81.
Championship action will get underway at 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, and run through until the final draw at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
U SPORTS has annually staged a national curling championship in conjunction with Curling Canada since 2007-08. During that period, Canada West members qualified via the Western Canadian University Championships, which were run by Curling Canada.
Teams from Canada West schools have combined for five men’s and five women’s national university curling titles. Alberta leads the way, having won three of each, including a gold medal sweep last March when the 2018 U SPORTS/ Curling Canada Championships were held just outside Edmonton at the Leduc Recreation Centre.
The 2019 Canada West Curling Championships will see the host Bears and Pandas as part of draws that include rinks from Regina and Lethbridge. The student- athletes are not only curling
to call themselves conference champs, but to secure their spot at nationals. The top two men’s and women’s teams will advance to the national event, which is being hosted by the University of New Brunswick, March 15 – 19 in Fredericton, N.B.
Alberta will be skipped by Selena Sturmay and Karsten Sturmay, who will be looking to carry on their school’s championship legacy. Both Sturmay's were on the 2018 National Championship squads, and will each represent Canada at the 2019 Universiade Games in Russia later this month.
The Bears and Pandas have combined to win nine Western Regional titles since 2011.
With this historic bonspiel, Canada West joins Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Atlantic University Sport (AUS) as U SPORTS conferences with standalone curling championships, which also serve as qualifiers for nationals.
- Double round robin.
- Standings determined by win/loss record
- Tie-breaker game(s) will be played in the event of a tie between first and second, or second and third
Friday, February 1:
- Alberta vs. Lethbridge / 2 p.m. (4/6)
- Lethbridge vs. Regina / 7 p.m. (5/7)
Saturday, February 2:
- Alberta vs. Regina / 9 a.m. (6/4)
- Lethbridge vs. Alberta / 2 p.m. (7/5)
- Regina vs. Lethbrdige / 7 p.m. (4/6)
Sunday, February 3:
Regina vs. Alberta / 9 a.m. (6/4)
Tie-breakers (if necessary) / 2 p.m.
NOTE: Men’s and women’s games will happen simultaneously. Sheets denoted above (men’s sheet / women’s sheet).