Major curling returns to Truro
Grand Slam will draw some of the best in the world
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.