Final reminder: June 30 is deadline PEI Curling Hall of Fame student bursaries

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is once again offering bursaries to junior curlers from PEI who will be attending college or university in the upcoming season. There are two $1000 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, plus two $500 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, for a total of $3000. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need and passion for the game.

Application Deadline is June 30, 2022

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, an applicant must be eligible to participate in provincial junior playdowns for the upcoming curling season. Also, an applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student at the university or college they are attending. An applicant can only be awarded one bursary.

Please submit your application form via email to Derek MacEwen at derek.macewen@gmail.com

The information provided will be kept confidential.

Click to download Bursary Application Form in MS Word Format

Click to download Bursary Application form in Adobe PDF format

Post last modified: Jun 29, 2022 @ 6:26 pm

New Curling Canada awards program to invest $20K in future builders of sport (Curling Canada)

Curling Canada is launching a new annual monetary awards program for junior curlers growing the sport in meaningful and inclusive ways.

The All Heart Junior Curlers Awards is for young Canadians who embody the values of curling by placing the highest priorities on fair play, respect, and inclusivity and who care passionately about diverse representation of the Canada-wide curling community. The award aims to give the next generation of builders the support needed to create a more empowered sporting community. 

“Celebrating inclusion in our sport is so important. I’m excited to see this award move forward because I know some fantastic young people are doing incredible things. Now, their hard work will be highlighted through the All Heart Junior Curlers Awards,” said Andrew Paris, member of the All Heart Junior Curler Awards selection panel [and a former Summerside PEI resident/curler].

Paris is the founder of the grassroots organization Black Rock Initiative and embodies the spirit of the All Heart Junior Curler Awards. His organization is creating opportunities for BIPOC youth to learn about and play the sport of curling and aims to provide curling facilities with the support and tools needed to be truly welcoming and offer diverse resources in their communities.

Through Curling Canada’s For the Love of Curling philanthropic program, $20,000 will be invested annually into deserving junior curlers who are building the sport in their communities by advancing their personal curling goals and developing programs focused on building a more diverse and inclusive sport.

Eight individuals will receive a $2,500 award, allocated as a $1,000 curling-related personal expense reimbursement and $1,500 contribution payable to their curling facility, to make those goals a reality, and they will be dispersed across the country, so every region feels the impact of the All Heart Junior Curling Awards.

Two individuals in each the West (British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alberta), Prairies (Saskatchewan, Manitoba), East (Northern Ontario, Ontario, Nunavut and Quebec), and Atlantic (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador) will receive awards to make those goals a reality. 

This program complements the For the Love of Curling Scholarship program, which plays an active role in supporting the next generation of curlers who best demonstrate athletic and academic prowess and community leadership and volunteerism.

Karsten Sturmay, a former For the Love of Curling Scholar, and a member of the scholarship selection panel for five consecutive years (2017-2021), was instrumental in the creation of the new All Heart Junior Curler Award.

Sturmay, who will join Paris on the inaugural All Heart Junior Curler Award selection panel, recognizes the curling community is chock-full of inspiring young leaders who will make exceptional guardians of our sport.

The All Heart Junior Curler Awards application deadline is July 31. Full application details and program information can be found here.

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/06/01/new-junior-curler-award/

Post last modified: Jun 1, 2022 @ 1:19 pm

Curling Canada announces new U-25 event aimed at keeping young players in the game (Curling Canada)

For a lot of young curlers, the transition out of juniors can be difficult. This period in life is usually accompanied by a number of other changes like moving away from home, studying at college or university, or starting a new job.

While many schools have programs at the U-Sports or Canadian Collegiate level, the athletes who choose other schools (or maybe don’t make the team) are left with few options to compete beyond diving head-first into men’s or women’s play.

“We tend to lose a lot of athletes at this age group,” said Helen Radford, Manager of Youth Curling and NextGen Programming for Curling Canada. “Life gets in the way. School, work, money, moving away from home… it all makes it difficult to stick with the sport in a meaningful way.”

Langley B.C. January 25, 2020.New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championship.Men’s Semi Final. Saskatchewan skip Rylan Kleiter.Curling Canada/ michael burns photo
Four-time Saskatchewan junior champion Rylan Kleiter agrees. “It’s tough coming out of juniors and trying to battle against the top teams,” he said.”Even if we have the time, and we’re ready to put the work in, it can put us in a big hole financially. It’s not easy to travel around the country to compete against the best teams out there. It can cost a lot and you don’t usually win much.”

Saskatchewan skip Rylan Kleiter, third Trever Johnsond, second Joshua Mattern. Curling Canada/ michael burns photo

To help provide some more opportunity for these young curlers, Curling Canada is announcing a new event, the U-25 NextGen Classic, which is to be held at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, from August 31 to September 3. A U-25 Mixed Doubles event will follow, from September 3 to 5.

“We’re trying to target those young players just out of juniors,” said Radford. “It’s difficult and expensive to keep up with ‘tour’ teams at that age, so we’re trying to provide an opportunity where young teams can play similar teams, and hopefully build that age group.”

“It’ll be nice to play against teams who are all in the same situation,” said Kleiter. “We’ll have a chance to play good, young teams.  It’s a perfect opportunity to use it as something to build off.

The Edmonton event will feature ten men’s and ten women’s teams, each with a combined age of less than 100 years. They’ll be vying for a top prize of $6,000 and an automatic entry into Curling Canada’s NextGen Future program. There will also be a 20 team Mixed Doubles event where teams have a combined age of less than 50 years. The top prize will be $3,000 and an automatic entry into Curling Canada’s NextGen Future program.

“I love the ‘win and you’re in’ model,” said Kleiter. “It’s a really great opportunity for young teams, and it’s really transparent about how to get into the program.”

Both reigning U-21 Canadian Junior champs are guaranteed to be in the field, along with others selected by Canadian Team Ranking System points. Teams who may not have a lot of CTRS points can also apply, and be reviewed by a Curling Canada selection panel.

“You can already see this idea is starting to snowball,” said Radford. “Already we’ve seen the ‘Best in the West’ event which was aimed at young teams, and you’re seeing more and more Member Associations coming up with U-25 events that are designed to keep this age group in the sport. It’s about creating meaningful competition.”

Starting today, teams are invited to download and submit the application form (see below) to Curling Canada. The deadline for applications is June 30th.

DOWNLOADS:

Under-25-NextGen-Classic-Womens-and-Mens-Team-Application-English Download

 
Under-25-NextGen-Classic-Womens-and-Mens-Team-Application-French Download
 
Under-25-NextGen-Classic-Mixed-Doubles-Application-English Download
 
Under-25-NextGen-Classic-Mixed-Doubles-Application-French Download
 
Click to read this post at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/05/30/new-u25-event/