Dunn's situation puzzling

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Anne Dunn can't complain about her performance on the ice this week.

Undefeated at the World Senior Curling Championship, the Canadian skip and her rink are tied at the top of the women's standings at 6-0 at the Thistle Curling Club.

But when it comes to curling politics, it's a different story.

Due to scheduling conflicts between the Canadian senior championships and the world tournament, it appears Dunn won't be returning to the world stage next year.

"Don't even ask me about it because we have written letters and tried to figure out if they can change it," warned Dunn yesterday before elaborating on the subject.

"It's very frustrating. Everyone is puzzled by that."

For three years, the Canadian senior championship and the world tournament have had conflicts.

In 2005, the dates of the two tournaments clashed. In 2006, the same thing.

So, Dunn is at the worlds this week because she won the Canadian title in 2006.

In strange fashion, the 2007 Canadian senior title was decided last weekend, but Dunn couldn't participate because she was here to start this event.

Based on a probable schedule for next year, it appears the 2007 national champ will go to the 2008 worlds, leaving Dunn out of the mix.

At the root of the problem is the fact provincial curling associations changed the rules a few years ago and decided to move the Canadian tournament from February to March to ease the conflicts with other provincial playdowns.

That move put the national event in a time conflict with the annual March world tourney.

"It would take some time (to fix the conflict) because the provincial associations would have to change their playoff structure and have a willingness to do so," admitted Canadian Curling Association manager of event operations Warren Hansen.

"And it means the Canadian senior championships would probably have to be moved (back) into February."

FINISH LINES: If Canada stays tied with Switzerland today, the two rinks will decide first place tomorrow morning.


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