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Dozens of curlers from around the world will soon be arriving in Langley and Surrey for the annual Optimist International U- 18 Curling Championships from March 27 to 31 2013.
These young, highly competitive curlers representing clubs from Canada, the United States and Japan will compete over a five-day tournament in an event dedicated for athletes less than 18 years of age. It provides an opportunity for young athletes to mature and enhance their curling skills in an international junior competition.
“In curling, a child does not need to be bigger, faster or stronger to grow from playground to podium,” said Al Kersey, event chair.
In addition to the tournament, competitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a high performance development camp to focus on honing their skills. With the guidance of four international curling coaches, the curlers will work on team building skills and mental and physical prep before games.
The U-18 championships attract some of the best young curlers in the world, and many go on to compete at professional levels.
Alumni Rachel Homan of Ontario won the 2013 Scotties Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in February and is now competing for Team Canada at the World Women’s Curling Championships in Riga, Latvia from March 16 to 24.
Another past competitor, Team Brown, from the Kamloops Curling Club just won the 2013 Tim Hortons Junior Women’s BC Championship and competed for Team Canada at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Sochi, Russia.
“With the increased television exposure this winter, curling has become the ‘hot’ sport due to the reduced hockey season,” said Mel Kositsky, host chair.
“This event has a history of producing a number of today’s champions and hopefully the communities of Surrey and Langley will come out and watch these future rock stars.”
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The 2013 Optimist International U-18 Curling Championships will be held at the Langley Curling Club, 20699 42 Ave in Langley and at the Cloverdale Curling Club, 6150 176 St in Surrey.
For more information about the event, please visit our website www.U18curling.ca.
About the Championships
The Optimist International U-18 Curling Championships is celebrating its thirteenth year as an event designed to promote youth curling. Developed in 1999 by Bill Hans of the Calgary Youth Association, the event was first held in Calgary AB in 2001. The championships have also been held in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Previously known as the Optimist Western Canada Juvenile Curling Championships and the Optimist International Juvenile Curling Championships, the event has featured notable curlers such as Chelsea Carey, Kaitlyn Lawes, Breanne Meakin, Tyler Samagalski and Charley Thomas.
About Optimist International Canada
Optimist International Canada is an organization that serves the Canadian members of Optimist International, a non-profit organization. The organization’s official mission statement is to “Bring Out the Best in Kids”. More than 86,000 members in over 30 countries work towards this goal. In Canada there are 20,000 volunteer members who strive to improve, participate in, influence and contribute to the healthy development of young people.
About Langley Curling Club
The Langley Curling Club is one of the largest curling organizations in B.C. with more than 800 long-time and new curlers. The facility started out with only four sheets of ice in 1965 but later expanded to six sheets in 1990. Located in the George Preston Memorial Center, the facility has two viewing areas, one at ice level and one in the facility’s lounge, that offer excellent opportunities to watch their many leagues in action The club also has on ice cameras and 22” monitors for better viewing of the “away” end. They are proud to be home to Team Klymchuk, the B.C. Junior Men’s provincial champions from the 2010/11 season.
About Cloverdale Curling Club
The Cloverdale Curling Club (formerly known as Valley Curling Club) has been home to the sport of curling in the Surrey community since 1954. The centre offers programs seven days a week for all levels of curlers, from young kids to seniors. In 2006 the club, along with Cloverdale Branch 6 of the Royal Canadian Legion, hosted the Legion Dominion Curling Championships. The centre is currently run by president Merlin Wick and an executive board.