Last province of Alberta canceled curling playoffs


EDMONTON – Curling Alberta has canceled plans to hold its provincial championships later this month in Sylvan Lake, Alta., Due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NexSource Center has been selected to host January 25-February. 5 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions with the winners to qualify for the national championships.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Curling Alberta said it plans to appoint its national representatives “as soon as possible pending a decision from the organization’s board of directors.”

Northern Ontario was the first member association to announce the cancellation of its playoffs this season. He used last season’s results to determine the reps for the next national championships, which will be played in a bubble at the Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary.

Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia have followed Northern Ontario’s lead in recent weeks. Other provinces and territories are still hoping to hold their annual playoffs.

Team Laura Walker represented Alberta at last year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts, while Brendan Bottcher wore the provincial colors at the Tim Hortons Brier.

The Scotties from February 20-28 will be the first of six competitions to be held in a central setting on the grounds of Canada Olympic Park. The Brier will be held March 6-14 and the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship will be March 18-25.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 8, 2021.


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