Gimli to Host 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts
15 May, 2017
CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker has announced the 2019 Manitoba Women’s Curling Championship, the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, will be hosted by the Gimli Curling Club.
The event will be played January 23-27, 2019 in the Gimli Recreation Centre, the same arena which started Jennifer Jones and her St. Vital team on the road to their only World Championship in 2008.
“We are delighted to be going back to Gimli. The Gimli Curling Club has successfully hosted many others of our championship events in addition to the 2008 Scotties,” Baker said. “We know the curling fans in the Interlake region are eager to have championship curling return to Gimli and we are confident this event will be another great success.”
“Gimli is excited to showcase local talent such as Team Einarson. Gimli host committee will be excited to be watching a mostly new group of Manitoba women curlers” says Gimli 2019 Scotties co-chair Dave Leblanc.
“It is exciting to think about the many great young teams we have seen emerge in Manitoba in the last couple of years and to think about one of those young teams possibly using Gimli as their starting point for their own run to a national and world championship,” says co-chair Lynn Hoplock.
Providing a reminder the 2019 championship will be the beginning of the next Olympic quadrennial, Baker commented, “Who knows what new teams will appear or what older teams will decide it is time to hang up their curling shoes. The championship event in Gimli will be an important starting point for Manitoba teams looking ahead to the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.”
The first team to qualify for the 2019 Scotties in Gimli will be identified a year earlier when the 2018 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts is played in Killarney. The 2018 Manitoba champion will return to defend their title in the 2019 event in the Gimli Recreation Centre.
Further information is available from Craig Baker, Executive Director-CurlManitoba, 204-925-5725, firstname.lastname@example.org