Camm Cup-bound

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Mat Camm isn't a household name among curling fans yet, but that could change soon.

The Ottawa junior and his teammates -- David Mathers and Andrew Hamilton, also of Ottawa, and Scott Howard from Penetanguishene -- have been invited to the prestigious Canada Cup from Dec. 1-5 in Medicine Hat, Alta.

"It's definitely an experience that we are going to capitalize on," said Camm. "It's a great door-opener to getting our names out there."

The event offers major cash prizes -- $25,000 each to the men's and women's winners -- as well as points that could lead to a possible Canadian Curling Trials berth.

Ten of the best men's and 10 of the top women's squads will be at the Canada Cup -- among them Kevin Martin, Jennifer Jones, Glenn Howard and Cheryl Bernard.

Camm made it based on Canadian Team Ranking System points accumulated on the men's curling tour. Currently, his team stands at No. 14 on the CTRS list, and seven of the teams above them had already qualified for the Canada Cup thanks to past wins or by claiming top spots in pre-Canada Cup qualifiers.

"I had to go down the list to fill as teams ahead of them declined," said the Canadian Curling Association's Danny Lamoureux. Unlike at most CCA events, rinks at the Canada Cup must pay a $1,000 entry fee and cover expenses.

Six skips, including Gatineau's Jean-Michel Menard, declined invitations, but Camm was thrilled to be added to the lineup.

"It's something we can't pass up," he said.

OCA RESULTS

Senior zone action winners were: 2A -- Joyce Potter and Layne Noble; B-- Cheryl McBain and Bryan Cochrane. In junior zones, winners were: 2A -- Kimberly Gannon and Kurtis Byrd; B-- Stephanie Brown and Zachary Steele; 3A -- Nicol McNiven and Alex Cormier; B-- Evangeline Fortier and Ryan McCrady; 4A -- Katherine Nicholas and Riley Calwell; B-- Natalie Gagnon and Shawn Ray.

BITERS

The annual Cathy Kerr Memorial Bonspiel is the largest wheelchair curling event in the world. Quebec beat Team USA 1 in an extra end in the final at the RA Centre last Sunday. The Ottawa rink of Robert Michel, Barry Lemoine, Jim Dewis and Tyler Sage defended its recreation section championship.


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