Shorty Jenk­ins Curl­ing Clas­sic re­turns to Corn­wall

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CORN­WALL, On­tario – The 22nd an­nual Shorty Jenk­ins Curl­ing Clas­sic will be sweep­ing through the city from Sept. 12 to 16.

The World Curl­ing Tour, pre­sented by World Fi­nan­cial Group, will host 42 of the top curl­ing teams from across the globe, in­clud­ing Olympic gold medal­ists from the U.S.A. and Canada.

“It’s by far the big­gest in­ter­na­tional event we have on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in Corn­wall,” said John Di­l­abio, Co-chair of the tour­na­ment.

Matt Camm of Corn­wall will be amongst the no­table ath­letes in at­ten­dance, play­ing for John Ep­ping’s re­vamped squad. Ac­cord­ing to Di­l­abio, Camm is ranked eighth in the world.

“We have a strong field of play­ers, which is re­ally good con­sid­er­ing it’s the year after the Olympics,” said Di­l­abio.

Di­l­abio ex­plained that this year the tour­na­ment in­creased the ladies’ fields from 15 to 18 teams. A livestream of all games played on one of the sheets will be broad­casted online for the first time ever. The tour­na­ment will also re­ceive more cov­er­age on tele­vi­sion.

“We haven’t had that abil­ity in the past few years,” said Di­l­abio. De­spite this, the of­fi­cial event web­site re­ceived 42,000 hits last year.

A prize lot of $92,000 will be up for grabs through­out the tour­na­ment, mak­ing the event the largest prize money op­por­tu­nity out­side of grand slam events. Di­l­abio said that the event and its suc­cess wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship, sup­port from part­ners and the me­dia.

“We are lim­ited in space but we get very good crowds,” said Di­l­abio. “We get peo­ple from all over On­tario.”

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing tick­ets, timeta­bles and livestreams, visit short­y­jenk­in­sclas­sic.com.

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