By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
Come this December, Oshawa will welcome an event expected to bring approximately 400 curlers to the city.
The Toronto Curling Association (TCA) recently announced Oshawa as the host city for the 2017 TCA Junior Championship which will take place Dec. 27-29.
The championships feature four divisions, with men and women’s teams represented in U21 and U18 categories.
Event chair Jonathan Giancroce says they are anticipating about 100 teams will participate, which would be an increase from 80 last year.
Players come from all over southern Ontario, as well as other provinces and the U.S, Giancroce noted.
“We also are expecting a team from Sweden this year,” he says.
This year’s event will mark the first occasion the championship will be held in a single location.
During the previous 36 years of the event, contests were hosted at various locations throughout the GTA, including Oshawa.
Giancroce says the decision to have a single host comes from a desire of organizers to create more of a “community feel” to the event.
“Having it scattered across the GTA separated all the age groups,” Giancroce said.
Giancroce says Oshawa “stood out” as an appropriate host city because it has two curling clubs.
Games during the championship will be played at the Oshawa Curling Club on Bond Street East and the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club located on Alexandria Street.
According to Giancroce, there were two teams from Oshawa in last year’s event and he’d be thrilled to see more.
Giancroce says the purpose of the championship is to “promote competitive curling, hoping that one of these players or teams will represent Ontario or Canada at a higher level.”
The championship will create an economic spin off, and Giancroce says they will put something back into the community as well.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to a number of local causes, although Giancroce says organizers have not chosen any receiving organizations as of yet.