High school teams from across Ontario in Kingston as FSS hosts OFSAA Curling Championship

Kingston’s Town Crier Chris Whyman opens the OFSAA 2024 Curling Championship. Photo via OFSAA Curling.

This week, Frontenac Secondary School (FSS) is hosting the prestigious Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) 2024 Curling Championship.

The events began on Tuesday, Mar. 19, and will run until Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024. The Championship features 18 boys teams and 18 girls teams from across the province competing for the coveted OFSAA title. As previously reported by Kingstonist, for OFSAA high school sports, one school must be the host school. According to Sabena Islam of the OFSAA Curling 2024 Host Committee, teachers from the host school must be the convenors, the school’s principal must endorse the event, and typically the host committee is staff and parents/volunteers from that school.

In a press release, organizers noted that the main host site for the OFSAA 2024 Curling Championship is Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, which is home to Cataraqui Curling. Cataraqui’s reputation for hosting sporting events of this calibre makes it an ideal venue to witness these young athletes compete at their best, according to the release. Cataraqui, also the home of Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association (KASSAA) curling, is a continuous supporter of youth curling in Kingston.

In addition to Cataraqui, FSS is collaborating with the other three Greater Kingston Curling Clubs — Royal Kingston Curling Club, Napanee & District Curling Club, and Gananoque Curling Club — in hosting the draws, making this a true community effort, organizers said. These clubs, known for their outstanding facilities and passion for curling, will ensure that the athletes have an exceptional experience throughout the competition.

According to the release, the City of Kingston will be well represented at the championship; with the host Frontenac boys and girls teams and the EOSSAA champion Kingston Secondary boys and girls teams all vying for their respective division titles.

The championship will not only showcase the incredible talent of young curlers, but also foster sportsmanship, camaraderie, and community awareness, organizers expressed. The host committee noted it is thrilled to collaborate with Partners in Mission Food Bank and UnitedWeCurl to help develop these future community leaders. All participants and spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food bank donations, and participants will be treated to a fireside chat with Dr. Richard Norman of UnitedWeCurl at the banquet. The host committee believes in empowering these young athletes to be agents of positive social change when they return home after the championship.

“Frontenac Secondary School is incredibly excited and honoured to host the OFSAA 2024 Curling Championship. This event represents an extraordinary opportunity for students to showcase their talent on a grand stage while developing their social awareness and leadership skills,” said Sarah Depew, OFSAA 2024 Convenor and teacher at Frontenac Secondary School.

According to the release, the OFSAA Curling 2024 Host Committee is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received from the curling community and local businesses, and is eager to welcome participants and spectators for the Championship.

For more information about the 2024 OFSAA Curling Championship visit the OFSSA Curling website.

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