Ready, set, curl in Colwood

World’s best men’s curlers come to the West Shore in preparation for Olympics

An international curling field is coming to The Q Centre.

The second annual Elite 10, in Colwood from March 17 to 20, will feature the top men’s teams from the World Curling Tour’s Order of Merit and is one of seven Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events.

West Shore Parks & Recreation co-ordinator Karen Frost said the town is already buzzing with anticipation.

“Victoria is a pretty strong curling town … It’s a community that really likes to watch the game. It’s a great opportunity to showcase our facility,” she said. “There isn’t a bad seat in the house (so it’s going to be) a great atmosphere.”

The inaugural competition in 2015 was won by the Mike McEwan rink from Winnipeg. The event follows closely on the heels of the Tim Horton’s Briar national championship and Frost said it’s possible the Canadian champion could be part of the field here.

The visiting curlers will be welcomed by approximately 100 volunteers from the Juan de Fuca Curling Association, who work various jobs in and around The Q Centre.

The round robin draw starts Thursday, March 17 and leads through to the finals that Sunday.

Frost promised that the event will feature some of the highest calibre curling in the world.

“I just think for anyone who has interest in any kind of curling, this is going to be a premier event to see,” she said. “You can get up close and personal with players on the world field. All these teams are working up to the Olympics in 2018 and fine-tuning all their skills. It’s going to be an exciting event for our community.”

The Elite 10 will be broadcast live on Sportsnet. For more information on the event visit grandslamofcurling.com. To purchase tickets, go to to selectyourtickets.com

alim@goldstreamgazette.com

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