Trois-Rivières awarded 2004 World Junior Curling Championships
Trois-Rivières, April 30, 2003
Trois-Rivières has been selected to stage the 2004 World Junior Curling Championships, it was announced today by the World Curling Federation (WCF).
The 2004 World Juniors, which will be played at Le Colisée March 20-28, will bring together 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams battling for global honours. It’s the first time in more than a decade that a major curling championship will take place in the province of Quebec. Trois-Rivières also hosted the Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in 1993.
“On behalf of the World Curling Federation, it’s my pleasure to announce Trois-Rivières as the site for the 2004 World Junior Curling Championships,” said Les Harrison, WCF Vice-President. “We’re excited about bringing the World Juniors to this enthusiastic curling community and we’re very confident that the host committee, under president Alain Boucher, will stage a successful event.”
Canada, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland and Japan have already qualified for both the men’s and women’s competitions. In addition, Germany and Denmark will compete in men’s, while Italy and the United States have secured berths in the women’s. The remaining two countries for each championship will be determined at the World Junior ‘B’ Championships in January of 2004.
"Hosting the 2004 World Junior Men's and Women's Curling Championships will have an exceptional economic repercussion on La Mauricie and the city of Trois-Rivières,” said host committee president Alain Boucher. “Sponsor partnership will be one of the most basic needs for the success of this event. More than 375 volunteers will enjoy making the athletes' stay a memorable one. Year after year of established experience in the organization of many high level events guarantee that Trois-Rivières will proudly welcome visitors from around the world."
The World Junior Men’s Championship began in 1975 in North York, Ontario. It’s been hosted in Canada on 14 previous occasions, the latest in 2002 in Kelowna, British Columbia. Canada has won a leading 13 titles, including the last six in a row. Saskatchewan’s Steve Laycock is the most recent champion, having skipped his Saskatoon Sutherland Curling Club to victory at the 2003 World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland.
On the women’s side, Canada is also the defending champion, after Saskatchewan’s Marliese Miller and her Saskatoon Nutana Curling Club team won the title in Flims. It was a leading eighth crown for Canada since the women’s competition began in 1988 in Chamonix, France. Canada has hosted five World Junior Women’s Championships.
Quebec has previously held two world curling events, the 1977 World Junior Men’s Championship in Quebec City and the 1968 Men’s World Curling Championship in Pointe Claire.
There have also been five Briers (Canadian Men’s Curling Championships) hosted by the province (1942, 1959 and 1971 in Quebec City, 1977 in Montreal and 1988 in Chicoutimi) and two Canadian Women’s Curling Championships, both in Montreal, in 1967 and 1979.
In addition, the province has staged four Canadian Junior Men’s and three Canadian Junior Women’s Championships. Quebec City hosted the first Canadian junior men’s event in 1950, followed by Noranda in 1960 and Ste-Jerome in 1970. Trois-Rivières was the site for both the men’s and women’s events in 1993. Other women’s championships were played in 1973 in Montreal and 1986 in Noranda.
The other Canadian curling championships played in Quebec were two Canadian Mixed (1967 in Quebec City, 1990 in Rimouski) and three Canadian Seniors (the men in 1967 in Montreal and in 1979 in Noranda and the women in 1982 in Montreal).
With today’s announcement, the 2004 Season of Champions schedule is almost complete. The Canadian Mixed will be held in Timmins, Ontario, January 10-18. The Kärcher Canadian Juniors, slated for Victoria, British Columbia, February 7-15, will determine the two Canadian representatives for the World Juniors in Trois-Rivières.
The Scott Tournament of Hearts will be staged in Red Deer, Alberta, February 21-29 followed by the Nokia Brier, March 6-14 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Ford Worlds, April 17-25 in Gävle, Sweden concludes curling’s championship season. Only the site for the Canadian Seniors, January 24-February 1 has yet to be announced.
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