The province is investing $100,000 to support Liverpool as host of the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships.
Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine announced the investment today, Aug. 2, at a joint event held by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada at Queen’s Place Emera Centre in Liverpool.
“The province recognizes the value of events and their ability to deliver significant social and economic benefits,” said Mr. Glavine. “This event will put Queens County on the international stage and I am confident the local curling community and its amazing volunteers will make this a memorable week for curlers and spectators.”
The 2019 competition will bring 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams in the under-21 age group to Liverpool from Feb. 17 to 24. This is the first time the world juniors have been hosted in Canada since 2009 in Vancouver.
“We are delighted that Liverpool has been awarded the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships by the World Curling Federation,” said Greg Thorbourne, chair of the Liverpool host committee.
“The bid process has been a collaboration with our partners, and the real work begins now as we start turning these ambitious plans into an exciting event.
“Beginning today we will start working with new partners, sponsors and volunteers to deliver a successful event in February 2019.”
The 2019 world juniors will feature host teams from Canada in both genders, along with the top six countries in each gender from the 2018 World Juniors in Aberdeen, Scotland. Three more countries in each gender will be added after a qualifying tournament.