Ma­jor curl­ing re­turns to Truro

Grand Slam will draw some of the best in the world

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County - BY FRAM DINSHAW

Some of the best in the world will con­verge this month as the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curl­ing re­turns to Truro this month.

The Cana­dian Beef Mas­ters is be­ing hosted at the Rath-eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Oct. 23-28.

“I think there is a lot of pride when you can see these world-class ath­letes com­ing into our com­mu­nity and every­one rallying be­hind them,” said RECC gen­eral man­ager Matt Moore.

The RECC hosted its first Grand Slam event in 2015, bring­ing broad ex­po­sure to both the fa­cil­ity and Truro.

The host com­mu­nity will be rep­re­sented by Hilden’s Kar­lee Burgess and her cousin Lind­sey of Truro, who will be with Team Kait­lyn Jones, rep­re­sent­ing Nova Sco­tia. The team re­ceived a spon­sor’s ex­emp­tion af­ter win­ning last year’s World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships. Hal­i­fax’s Team Jamie Mur­phy also re­ceived a spon­sor’s ex­emp­tion.

Other lo­cal curlers also stand to gain from the Grand Slam.

“We’re part­ner­ing with our lo­cal curl­ing club on this event,” said Moore. A por­tion of our rev­enues will go to them and help them de­velop pro­gram­ming and com­plete their fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments

Moore also ex­pected the Grand Slam to be a ma­jor eco­nomic boost for Truro and Colch­ester County, say­ing the 2015 event gen­er­ated an ex­tra $2 mil­lion for the re­gion.

Moore said curlers and en­thu­si­asts alike, trav­el­ling from away, will have time to ex­plore Truro and the sur­round­ing area.

“The eco­nomic ben­e­fits for our re­gion are quite in­cred­i­ble,” he said. “We would cer­tainly ex­pect the same im­pact this year.”

Team Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., and Win­nipeg’s Team Jen­nifer Jones will com­pete as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons af­ter win­ning last year in Lloy­d­min­ster, Sask.

A $250,000 purse is avail­able plus points in the race for the Pinty’s Cup, awarded to the sea­son cham­pi­ons.

Both CBC and Sport­snet will broad­cast the Cana­dian Beef Mas­ters na­tion­ally.

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