There’s no shortage of curling excitement in our region, as just two days after the 2019 B.C. Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships wrapped up in Quesnel, we learned our neighbours to the north in Prince George will host the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship.
Curling Canada announced Feb. 5 that the worlds will be played March 14-22, 2020, at the CN Centre. It will be the first time Prince George has hosted a World Curling Federation event.
“I am delighted to confirm the World Women’s Curling Championship 2020 will take place in Prince George, British Columbia, next season,” Kate Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation, said in an announcement on the Curling Canada website. “It’s always pleasing to take our blue ribbon events to new places, with this being Prince George’s first time hosting. Following our most recent World Mixed Curling Championship being successfully held in Kelowna, British Columbia, I’m looking forward to the curling world returning to this beautiful part of the world.”
It will be the fourth world women’s curling championship contested in B.C. and the first since the 2008 event at Vernon, won by Jennifer Jones, who also prevailed in the 2018 World Women’s Championship in North Bay.
The 1998 world women’s championship was played in Kamloops, where Sweden’s Elisabet Gustafson captured gold, while Canada’s Marilyn Bodogh won the 1986 world women’s title in Kelowna.
“We’re thankful once again that the World Curling Federation has given us the opportunity to welcome the world to Canada, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly,” said Maureen Miller, chair of Curling Canada’s board of governors. “I know the host committee in Prince George is eager to prove to the world that it can stage world-class events, and I have every confidence that the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship will be successful in every sense of the word.”
The CN Centre can seat 5,582 in its hockey configuration.