Grand Slam curlers look forward to hometown event

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November 27, 2012, Kelowna, BC – Two BC teams are looking forward to playing in front of a hometown crowd when the Grand Slam of Curling series hits Kelowna’s Prospera Place next month.

Current BC champion Jim Cotter and challenger Brent Pierce will both be competing at the event from December 12 to 16, 2012.

With team members from Kelowna and Vernon, Cotter’s rink is likely to be a crowd favourite.

But Cotter isn’t the only team with Okanagan connections. Brent Pierce’s third, Jeff Richard, hails from Kelowna, so the Pierce rink will be competing with the BC champion for home-crowd support.

Cotter, who made it through to the final of Grand Slam of Curling event in Brantford, Ontario, earlier this month, said he is looking forward to playing closer to home.

“We normally have to fly across the country and we have family and friends who support us who don’t always get to see us. It’s great that we can play and they can come watch us on home soil,” Cotter said.

Cotter, who is married with three children, will see his immediate family in the crowd. “My oldest curls and the little ones love it and they love coming down. They’ll have a blast.”

Richard, who plays third for New Westminster-based Pierce, is also looking forward to the event. He said the whole team was “extremely excited” to be competing.

“It’s a unique feeling to be playing at home. It’s the first curling event ever in Kelowna’s big arena, so we are excited to compete with the top teams in the world.”

“It’s been a highly successful season so far and this Grand Slam event will be a great tune up before provincials in February.”

The Canadian Open of Curling event features 18 of the top men’s teams in the world squaring off for $100,000 in prize money.

If Alberta’s Kevin Koe continues the winning streak he started at the Rogers Masters of Curling event in Brantford, Ontario, he could be in line for a $1million bonus.

Anyone wanting to catch world-class curling in Kelowna should visit http://selectyourtickets.com/grandslam.php.  The event will also be aired on Sportsnet.

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