Mixed curlers crowned as Americas Masters Games come to a close

AMG curling event co-chair Keith Switzer and World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness on the podium at Vancouver Curling Club.

The winners have all been crowned and now the inaugural Americas Masters Games has come to a close.

The Dave Shortill team has won the mixed event championship in convincing fashion, running the Vic Shimizu team out of rocks in the eighth end for a 7-4 victory.

Shortill, from the Kerry Park Curling Club on Vancouver Island, skipped a team of Lower Mainland curlers that included third Donna Langlands, second Jan Bos and lead Crystal Murray.

Shimizu’s team of Laurie Shimizu, Ben Nishi and Elaine Kahnert had won the A final over Shortill, who then advanced to the semi-final by winning the B event. Vancouver Curling Club skip Keith Switzer (who was also the co-chair of the curling event) qualified out of the C event then lost the semi-final to Shortill to pick up the bronze medal.

Earlier in the week, the inaugural winning men’s and women’s teams were crowned.

Curl BC CEO Scott Braley, who co-chaired the event with Switzer, said: “Curl BC is grateful for the outstanding contribution of Keith Switzer and the host committee from Vancouver Curling Club who made this event such a success. I know the participants are all grateful for their great hospitality.”

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness was in Vancouver to attend the International Masters Games Association meetings and to see the overall event in action.

Switzer said: “[Kate Caithness] couldn’t miss the opportunity to see our curling legacy facility in its new form post-Olympics, and being used for an international event like the AMG. She was very impressed by the facility and what we had accomplished for the curling component.”