Their bid to host Nationals was approved today at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual Winter Board Meeting in Ottawa. The event will take place in Camrose, AB, March 22-25, 2017.
“The University of Alberta – Augustana Curling program is excited to host the National Championships,” said Greg Ryan, Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation at Augustana. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for our teams to showcase their talents and hosting the Championship is a terrific opportunity to grow the brand of Augustana excellence.”
Camrose has a proven track record for hosting world-class curling competitions, including the 2008 Continental Cup and the 2014 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling. And, this February, Camrose will once again host the Boston Pizza Cup, bringing elite level curling to the community.
The Rose City Curling Club, with more than 100 years of existence, will play host to the event. The club has nine sheets of ice available and is one of the larger curling facilities available in Central/Northern Alberta.
“The student-athletes can expect a tremendous facility, an experienced hosting committee, and the City of Camrose that enjoys hosting such high level curling competition,” said Ryan.
In addition to recently hosting several ACAC Championships, Augustana also has experience at the national level, having hosted the 2009 CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championships.
“There is absolutely no hesitation from amongst the ACAC membership in our expectation that Augustana will host with the same level of professionalism, hospitality and excellence as we have come to expect from other ACAC hosts,” said Francois Fournier, ACAC President.
The 2016 CCAA Curling National Championships will be hosted by Fanshawe College in London, ON, March 23-26.