Curling Canada recently announced that Défi sportif AlterGo will host the next two editions of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships, which will be held at the Club de curling de Boucherville, in Boucherville, Quebec from April 26 to May 1, 2019 and from April 28 to May 3, 2020.
“The Défi sportif AlterGo’s organizing committee is pleased to welcome once again a Curling Canada event,” said Maxime Gagnon, Director of Défi sportif AlterGo. “It’s an honour for our organization and our volunteers to host this major event in 2019 and 2020 in Boucherville, Québec, and offer the Canadian athletes the opportunity to compete in a great event.”
At the 2019 championships, the teams will play a round-robin draw leading to an Olympics/Paralympics-style playoffs in which the first and fourth-place teams will face off in one semifinal, while the second and third-place teams will meet in the other. The two semifinal winners will then play for gold and silver, while the semifinal losers will play for the bronze medal.
The 2019 event will be open to representatives from the 14 Member Associations. It will be the 16th edition of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, including 4 editions in Boucherville.
“We’ve seen in the past what an amazing job Boucherville and Défi sportif AlterGo have done with the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship,” said Marc-André Robitaille, executive director of Curling Quebec. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome this event back to our province for the next two years, and I’m sure that the athletes, their coaches and their families will be treated like royalty.”
For Curling Canada, the return of the championships in Boucherville is great news.
“This is great news as I know the curlers who’ve competed in Boucherville in the past have spoken extremely highly of the facilities and the organizers,” said Maureen Miller, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “Défi sportif AlterGo is a superb partner to work with, and I know their commitment to the events, and the efforts of the members and volunteers at the Club de curling de Boucherville, will produce first-class championships in 2019 and 2020.”
Held annually since 2004, the National Championship has so far been won five times by British Columbia teams, including the 2015 event in Boucherville when Gerry Austgarden skipped his team to victory. Other past B.C.-based national champions were teams skipped by Darryl Neighbour (2007), Jim Armstrong (2008 and 2009) and Gary Cormack (2010).
This past season in Leduc, Alberta., 2018 Paralympics bronze-medallist Marie Wright skipped Saskatchewan to its third gold medal, beating her Paralympics Team Canada teammate Dennis Thiessen of Manitoba in the final. Thiessen skipped Manitoba to gold at Boucherville in 2017 and 2014.
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