Kingston in running for major curling events
By DOUG GRAHAM, QMI Agency
KINGSTON, Ont. -- The chief executive officer of the Canadian Curling Association said Kingston remains a "bona fide" site to host the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national women's curling championship.
"Kingston is definitely still on the radar screen," Greg Stremlaw said Wednesday from his Ottawa office.
"Everything that was said before that Kingston is a bona fide spot for one of our major curling championships certainly remains true."
The city has made overtures to the CCA to play host to the national women's curling event, possibly in 2012 or 2013. Ken Thompson, a curling member at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club and the chair of the Canadian men's curling championship in Hamilton in 1990, is spearheading the Kingston bid.
Stremlaw said the CCA will be making announcements regarding successful sites over the next month. He said that by the time the association's season of champions begins in Medicine Hat, Alta. in early December, all the sites for major events in 2012 — and some for 2013 — will be known.
Stremlaw said hosting announcements are not typically made until all the agreements for the event, such as the venue, hotel booking and a hosting committee, are in place. The Kingston bid's plan is to use the K-Rock Centre for the week of the championship, which is usually played in late January.
Stremlaw said the CCA is considering more than one event for Kingston over the five-year event grid the association is currently filling in.
"We are actually looking at more than one event (for Kingston). We are looking at a number of different possibilities," Stremlaw said.
The city never has hosted the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the national level. The provincial women's championship, to determine the Ontario rink for the national championship, has been held in Kingston. Those championships were always held at a curling club. In 2001, it was at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club with Coldwater's Sherry Middaugh winning the title.