Canmore is set to host its first-ever national curling championship this coming season.
Curling Canada has announced the Canmore Golf & Curling Club will host of the 2021 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship from Nov. 7-14, 2021. Canada's top four-player mixed teams will compete for the national championship.
"Canmore will play as perfect hosts for the Canadian Mixed National Championship and will offer the best in both quality competition and sightseeing," says Mitch Minken, chair of Curling Canada's Board of Governors. "This event is the perfect balance between athletic skill and embracing opportunities to interact and socialize with other curlers around the country in one of the most beautiful areas of Canada."
The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 championship originally scheduled at Canmore, however, the club has accepted the offer to host the event this upcoming season instead.
It is the first time Alberta has hosted the event since Calgary in 2008, where the hometown favourite Dean Ross claimed the gold-medal victory. The championship debuted in Toronto in 1964 and has been won a leading 11 times by Alberta, most recently by Edmonton's Mick Lizmore in 2016. Saskatchewan is next with 10 titles.
The winner of the event in Canmore will wear the maple leaf at the 2022 World Mixed Curling Championship, scheduled for October 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland.