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WCF Newsletter, September 2001 

Media Relations Officer: Håkan Sundström
IDROTTENS HUS  S -123 87 FARSTA   E-mail: hakan.sundstrom@curling.rf.se
Fax: +46 8 604 70 78  * Telephone: +46 8 605 64 34

CONTINENTAL CUP to start in November 2002

The World Curling Federation (WCF),  The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) and the United Curling Association (USCA) have made an agreement of starting the first CONTINENTAL CUP, a new, exciting curling competition designed to further popularize the sport of curling on a worldwide basis. 

The Continental Cup, which will offer prize money of $200,000 ($125,000 to the winning side; $75,000 to the losing side) will feature six teams from North America (three men and three women) challenging six others representing Team World, similar in concept to golf's Ryder Cup. There will be singles, mixed doubles, team and skins competitions within the Continental Cup format.  The site for the inaugural Continental Cup, to be held in November of 2002, will be announced shortly.

"The World Curling Federation is very enthusiastic about the Continental Cup," said Roy Sinclair, President, World Curling Federation at a press conference in Kelowna, British Columbia.  "This is a great opportunity for curling to increase its exposure internationally and to profile the sport and its athletes.  It's exciting to be working with the CCA toward what might become an even more extensive world curling competition program."
CCA President Don Lewis said, "The Canadian Curling Association has been working for almost two years on the Continental Cup concept with the World Curling Federation (
WCF), our marketing agent St. Clair Group, the United States Curling Association (USCA) and both TSN and CBC.  We are very pleased to confirm that it has finally all come together and will take place for the first time in November of 2002."
  The selection process for the World men's and women's teams will be determined by the WCF, but it is expected to reflect, in part, standings from the Ford World Curling Championships plus a men's and women's team from Scotland.

The Canadian teams invited to play in the first Continental Cup will be the winners of the 2002 Nokia Brier and Scott Tournament of Hearts and the two teams representing Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, to be determined from the Canadian Curling Trials, December 1-9 in Regina.  The USCA will select a men's and women's team to join with the Canadian teams to compete as Team North America.

The organizations with teams competing in the Continental Cup will be responsible for their teams' expenses, involving transportation, accommodation and per diems.  The WCF will pay these expenses for the World teams, the USCA for the United States teams and the CCA for the Canadian contingent.

The St. Clair Group, marketing agent for the CCA and WCF, will have the television and marketing rights to the Continental Cup.  In this role St. Clair will provide a host broadcaster and work with the USCA and WCF on potential television coverage outside of Canada.  St. Clair will also provide the prize pool for the Continental Cup, which initially will be $200,000 (Cdn.)

"The St. Clair Group is extremely pleased to see that the Continental Cup has become a reality and feel it will very much complement our current involvement with the Season of Champions," said David Beesley, vice-president of sales, St. Clair Group.  "Our company is pleased to guarantee a purse of $200,000 for each of the first three Continental Cups."                                   


The World Seniors Curling Championships for men and women to be held in Bismarck, North Dakota will be sanctioned by the World Curling Federation as the first 'official' World Seniors Championship.

That decision was taken by the Executive Board of the World Curling Federation at their summer meeting at the Secretariat in Perth.

The event will be held in Bismarck's Capital Curling Club during the World Curling Championships from 6-14 April 2002, and entry will be open to all WCF Member Nations.

Minimum age limit will be 50 and all games will be over 8 ends.


The WCF Executive Committee has also decided to sanction the first World Wheelchair Curling Championships to be held in Sursee, Switzerland from 22-26 January 2002.  This event will be open to paraplegics, tetraplegics and those suffering from cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.  Teams may be of mixed gender.


Training Courses and Junior Camps

The series of training courses for coaches, ice makers and umpires held in Füssen, Germany in July 2001, in conjunction with a Junior Summer Camp, attracted a total of 277 participants from 15 nations.

WCF Medical Officer

Dr Evan Lloyd from Edinburgh, has been appointed Medical Officer to the World Curling Federation.  He has been involved, in a medical capacity, with many sports including athletics, swimming, field hockey and disability sport.  He is also a member of Corstorphine Curling Club in Edinburgh.  He has already represented the WCF at a meeting in Lausanne of Medical Commissions of all Olympic Sports.

http://www.worldcurlingfederation.org to be open on September 17!

The new website of the World Curling Federation, http://www.worldcurlingfederation.org, will be open on Monday, September 17, 2001. The webmaster Paul Ahlgren of Stockholm, Sweden has worked very hard during the summer to collect necessary information for the website.


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