October 2, 2012, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – A new BC curling championship will see the province’s top Mixed Doubles team head to a new national final. The first ever BC Mixed Doubles Championship, organized by Curl BC, will take place in North Vancouver from February 1 to 3.
The fast-paced Mixed Doubles format, which is earmarked to become an Olympic event as early as 2018, is gaining in popularity. A world championship has been held every year since 2008.
Mixed Doubles teams are made up of one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10).
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. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.
BC residents wanting to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s best teams playing the Mixed Doubles format can watch them in action at the World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Monsanto, in Penticton from January 10 to 13.
The Curl BC announcement follows the Canadian Curling Association’s (CCA) decision to hold Mixed Doubles Curling Trials in Leduc, Alberta, from March 14 to 17, which will determine who will represent Canada at the World Mixed Doubles in Fredericton in April 2013.
Alongside the other provinces and territories, BC has been invited to send a representative team.
In order to decide who will represent BC, Curl BC will host the open event from February 1 to 3, 2013, at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver.
“Curl BC is really looking forward to seeing how the introduction of Mixed Doubles, which can be played in less than half the time of the standard curling game, will increase participation in curling across the province,” said Curl BC’s CEO, Scott Braley.
The winner of the BC Mixed Doubles Championship will go on to compete in Leduc.
The format of the BC event will be dependent on the number of teams that enter.
Details of the Leduc event were decided at a special meeting of the CCA and announced on October 1.
The inaugural Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials will be held March 14-17, 2013 at the Leduc Recreation Centre and Leduc Curling Club in Leduc, Alberta.
The winning team will then represent Canada at the World Curling Federation’s 2013 World Mixed Doubles Championship, to be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from April 13-20 at the Grant-Harvey Centre. Thirty teams are expected to compete in the World Mixed Doubles, which is also held in conjunction with the World Seniors.
The Leduc competition format will consist of 32 teams divided into four pools of eight, with the top two from each pool after the round robin plus the four teams with the next-best records advancing to a 12-team single elimination playoff.