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(ISN) – Burnaby, BC (June 18, 2014) – Changes are being introduced to the Scotties BC
Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.

The changes have been introduced in response to feedback from competitive women’s
teams who felt the competition’s round-robin format was too lengthy.

The Curl BC board voted in favour of changing the competition from a 10-team round
robin format to an 8-team triple knockout competition with a page playoff.

The teams can qualify for the championship in the same way as last year, but there
are fewer berths. One berth is allocated to the returning champion and two berths
are allocated to the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points winners (the two
women’s teams with the highest ranking on the CTRS list).

There will continue to be two open events to decide the remaining berths. Starting
in 2015, three teams will qualify at the first event and two teams will qualify at
the second.

Mike West, who chairs the High Performance and Competitions Committee (the committee
that looked at the changes), said: “The common request province-wide is that
athletes and teams want the length of the event to be reduced.

“After a lot of research, feedback from athletes and coaches and reflection on last
year’s Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, the Curl
BC High Performance and Competitions Committee decided to make a proposal for
change.

“We are glad that the board agreed with our recommendation.”

The hope is that a shorter event will encourage more teams to take part, as it
alleviates some of the financial burden of attending a championship.

The changes will come into effect for the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling
Championship, presented by Best Western, which will take place at Golden Ears Winter
Club in Maple Ridge in January 2015. A start date has not yet been decided on but
the event will wrap up on January 25.

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