ST. JOHN'S -- Ottawa has competition from a group of cities interested in hosting the 2009 Canadian Olympic curling trials.
Warren Hansen, manager of event operations and media relations for the Canadian Curling Association, named Brandon, Victoria and Red Deer as other cities that have indicated an interest in staging the tournament to determine the men's and women's teams representing Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
The next Olympic curling trials will be held in December in Halifax to choose the Canadian teams for the 2006 Winter Games in Italy.
Cyril Leeder, COO of the Corel Centre, said last week that Ottawa would make a bid to host the 2009 event.
As in the past for events such as the Brier, the CCA favours the Civic Centre and Lansdowne Park for holding its major tournaments in Ottawa because of their close proximity to downtown hotels.
Lansdowne also has space to house the entertainment venues that are staged at big curling events, like the Brier Patch which was held in the Civic Centre salons when the 2001 Canadian men's championship was held in Ottawa.
Hansen toured the Corel Centre recently and said the CCA would have to take a closer look at the facility to determine if facilities would be large enough to hold the post-draw parties.
"I never did look at what there might be as far as options are concerned in regard to other facilities in the area," said Hansen.
The 1997 Olympic trials were held in Brandon, and the 2001 event took place in Regina.