Swift Cur­rent host­ing Sask. mixed dou­bles cham­pi­onship

Southwest Booster - - NEWS - SUB­MIT­TED

The Swift Cur­rent Curl­ing Club will play host to the 2014 Mixed Dou­bles Curl­ing Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onships on Fe­bru­ary 13-16, pre­sented by Liv­ing Sky Casino. Teams will com­pete for the chance to be Saskatchewan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Na­tional tri­als in Ottawa this March. The Cana­dian Cham­pi­ons will then travel to Scot­land to com­pete at the World Cham­pi­onships.

The first World Mixed Dou­bles Cham­pi­onships took place in 2008 and was de­vel­oped from the mixed dou­bles event at the Con­ti­nen­tal Cup of Curl­ing, an event many view­ers watched on TV over this past weekend. The World Curl­ing Fed­er­a­tion is cur­rently push­ing to have mixed dou­bles curl­ing in­cluded as an Olympic medal sport, as soon as 2018 in South Korea. Each team con­sists of one male curler and one fe­male curler and the game for­mat is played over eight ends. Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepo­si­tioned on the cen­tre line be­fore ev­ery end of play. One player de­liv­ers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the sec­ond, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two play­ers may swap po­si­tions from one end to the next. No stone, in­clud­ing those in the house, can be re­moved from play prior to the de­liv­ery of the fourth stone of an end. Com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kelly Schafer notes that this is one of the most ex­cit­ing spec­ta­tor events in curl­ing, as you never know what is go­ing to hap­pen next. Schafer, a for­mer Na­tional Mixed Dou­bles cham­pion in Scot­land, says it is by far the most nerve rack­ing, in­tense com­pe­ti­tion for­mat curlers can en­dure. The game is com­pletely dif­fer­ent, with no sweep­ers and no hit­ting al­lowed for the first few stones, the rings be­come con­gested early and you have the added ex­cite­ment of switch­ing po­si­tions through­out the game if you choose.

The com­mit­tee Chair Bill Len­drum in­vites you to come and en­joy the event and the curl­ing lounge spe­cials over the weekend. The com­mit­tee are also look­ing for both spon­sors and vol­un­teers. As well, this com­pe­ti­tion is a Pro­vin­cial Open Cham­pi­onship; there­fore, lo­cal teams are strongly en­cour­aged to en­ter a team. To en­ter a team please con­tact S.C.A. or visit www.curlsask.ca

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