BC Scotties named as Canada Winter Games Test Event

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Rebecca Connop Price

September 23, 2013, Prince George, BC (ISN) – The 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, will be the Official Curling Test Event leading up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

The BC Scotties take place in Prince George from January 6-12, 2014, and will showcase the best women curlers from across the province.

Curling is set to be a popular attraction at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, which run in Prince George from February 13 to March 1, 2015.

The deal between Curl BC and the Canada Winter Games organization will mean investment in the Prince George Golf & Curling Club, including enhancements to seating for the event. The organization is also making a financial contribution to the event.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be promoted throughout the event, including in two TV spots that will run during the televised portion of the event (January 11 & 12 on Sportsnet).

“We’re really pleased that the Canada Winter Games has identified the BC Scotties as the Official Curling Test Event,” Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said. “We look forward to bringing BC’s top women curlers to the Prince George Golf & Curling Club.”

“Test events are a great way for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, our volunteers and local sports organizations to continue to prepare for the largest multi-sport and cultural event ever to be hosted in northern BC,” said Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. “We look forward to having the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championships in Prince George. It is a part of the energy and excitement leading up to February 2015, when over 2,400 of Canada’s best athletes from across Canada will compete at the Canada Winter Games.”

Vonda Hofferd, chair of the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship host committee, said: “As curling is one of only three sports that will run the full two weeks of the Canada Winter Games providing training and an opportunity for experience to our volunteers is critical. The showcase that is the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship will provide our officials and support volunteers this great opportunity. We look forward to welcoming Canada to the Prince George Golf & Curling Club.”

Leading up to the Canada Winter Games, Curl BC organized three development camps to help athletes prepare. The final one takes place in Cloverdale (Surrey) on October 5. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/competitive/canada-winter-games-camp-cloverdale/ to register for the camp.

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