Royal Kingston Curling Club hosts U18 Provincial Curling Championships

Photo by Tom Gaulton.

The Under 18 (U18) Men’s and Women’s Provincial Curling Championships are coming to the Royal Kingston Curling Club (RKCC). From Wednesday, Mar. 30 to Sunday, Apr. 3, 2022, the Championships will feature the top eight men’s and women’s teams from across the province, each vying for a chance to represent their province at the Canadian championships in May.

According to a release from Tourism Kingston, some of the country’s top players have honed their skills at the U18s, including John Epping, Scott McDonald, Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Jamie Sinclair, Dave Mathers and Matt Camm. Tourism Kingston stated that the young players coming to Kingston this month bring to the game the same passion and drive as Canada’s best.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The competing teams will be piped out onto the ice to the sounds of the RKCC’s own Pipe March, according to the release. The games will be opened with a special proclamation by Town Crier Chris Whyman, and with official words of welcome by Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson.

Championship play will begin earlier that day. The first game begins at 2:30 p.m. on March 30, and, following the opening ceremony, there will be a game at 8 p.m. The finals will be played on Sunday, April 3. Two teams of each gender will advance to the Canadian Championships.

“With the recent lifting of restrictions in Ontario, we are thrilled to welcome competitors, coaches and curling fans back to our wonderful facility,” said Deb Wilkin, RKCC president. “Our organizing committee has been working hard to ensure an unforgettable experience for all.”

The U18 provincials were originally scheduled for January at the Oshawa Curling Club but had to be cancelled – for the second year in a row – due to COVID-19. According to the release, when the Ontario Curling Association asked RKCC if it would consider hosting the games in March, the decision was unanimous.

“We did not want to see another delay or cancellation take place for these young, enthusiastic curlers,” said Wilkin. “As the event has not been held since 2019, this is the first opportunity for many of these teams to compete at this level and to meet others from across the province who share their dream of someday competing at the Brier, Scotties, or Olympics.”

“We are proud to bring an event of this calibre to the city of Kingston,” added Murray Matheson, RKCC vice-president. “Having hosted the Brier in 2020 and the Scotties in 2013, Kingston has proven that when it comes to curling, this city rocks!

“With the support of local sponsors, including CurlON, Tim Hortons, Tourism Kingston, Greater Kingston Curling, BMO Private Wealth, Secker, Ross & Perry LLP, McDougall Insurance, and Momentum Pilates, we look forward to giving the ‘royal’ treatment to U18 participants and visitors to the Royal Kingston Curling Club.”

More details, including team rosters and draw schedules, are available on the CurlON website.

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