The board of directors of the Buckingham Curling Club in Gatineau announces the 9th edition of the “Challenge de curling de Gatineau” which will be held from Wednesday October 18th to Sunday October 22nd at the “Centre sportif Robert-Rochon” (Masson-Angers sector) and the Buckingham Curling Club.
This 9th edition of the Challenge presented by Hewitt Equipment Limited consists of the following two
- A “men’s elite” tournament which is part of the 2017-2018 World Curling Tour (WCT)
calendar and which is renowned for being one of the most important stops on this circuit.
- An “open class” tournament which is part of the Quebec provincial circuit, sanctioned by
Curling-Québec and offering teams one of most important purse of the season.
Some of the highlights of this 9th edition :
Participation from 240 curlers from Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Scotland, China, Japan and Israel There will be 28 men’s elite teams and 32 open class teams.
Amongst the elite teams, there are 3 squads already qualified for the next Olympic winter games in February 2018 (Japan, Switzerland and Great-Britain) as well as 8 other teams from Canada, the United States and the world group that are currently involved in the Olympic selection process.
For Gatineau’s Jean-Michel Ménard’s foursome, the Challenge will be their last tournament before they participate in the Olympic pre-trials scheduled for November in Summerside (P.E.I).
150 curling games will be presented during the Challenge, 122 of them at the Centre sportif Robert-
Rochon and 28 at the Buckingham Curling Club. The total purse at stake for this edition will be more than 54000$.
More than 20 games of the men’s elite tournament, including the final, will be web streamed live via our web site at «challengecurlinggatineau.com».
Some of the notable Canadian and international teams at this year’s event:
- John Epping from Toronto, defending champion of the 2016 Challenge, ranked 6th in the world and already qualified for the « Roar of the Rings » Olympic Trials to be held in Ottawa this coming December.
- Kyle Smith from Scotland, 2013 world junior champions, ranked 8th in the world and representing Great-Britain at the next Olympic winter games in South Korea.
- Peter De Cruz from Switzerland, bronze medalist at the 2017 world championships, ranked 9th
in the world and who will also be representing their country at the next Olympic winter games.
- Yusuke Morozumi from Japan, gold medalist at the 2016 Pacific-Asia zones, represented Japan at the
2017 world championships and will be representing their coutry in February 2018 at the next Olympic
winter games in Pyeongchang.
The “On the Rocks “lounge located on the 2nd floor of the “Centre sportif Robert-Rochon” will allow
spectators to comfortably view the many games. The daily admission fee will be $5 for spectators. There is also
an event pass available for $15.
Thanks to a great partnership with Curling Canada, spectators present at this year’s Challenge will
have the opportunity to win passes to attend the « Roar of the Rings » Olympic qualifying tournament
to be held this December 2nd to the 10th in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Valley Curling Association are proud partners of the Challenge de Curling de Gatineau
For more information, visit the website at https://www.challengechateaucartier.com