The first step to qualifying for the 2022 Olympics in curling will happen in Estevan.
Curling Canada officials announced Monday that Estevan will be the host for the 2018 Home Hardware Canada Cup this December
One of the co-chairs is Devon Fornwald. He says this announcement has caused quite a stir in the city.
“People are texting and calling asking if they can be a part of this on one committee or another.” Fornwald said moments after the announcement was made official. “The excitement has not died down from the time when we hosted the SaskTel Tankard so this is awesome.”
Fornwald adds the success the city had in hosting the Tankard at Affinity Place earlier this year really caught the eyes of CurlSask who he believes bent the ear of Curling Canada officials and were beneficial in getting this “Season of Champions” event back to Saskatchewan.
“I think they (CurlSask) probably talked to Curling Canada officials about what we have down here, and what we did at the Tankard saying we should be looked at for future events.
14 rinks (7 men’s and 7 women’s) will play for a share of $140,000 at the event which will go December 5-9. The winning men’s and women’s teams will be guaranteed of a berth in the 2021 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials, which will be the final qualifying event for the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials — the event that will decide Canada’s four-player teams for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
This will be the third time the event has been held in Saskatchewan with Yorkton being the host venue in 2009 and Moose Jaw in 2012. The event in Moose Jaw catapulted that city to hosting a Scotties a couple of years later which is something Fornwald admits they may do if this event goes well.