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National Event Kicks off


A major sporting event is taking place in Swan River this week. The curling sheets of the Swan River Community Centre are busy with some of the best curlers in Canada.
Fourteen provincial and territorial mixed curling champions converged into the Valley in an attempt to claim national glory in the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, which will wrap up on Saturday (Nov. 18).
The week started with opening ceremonies at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 12), which featured bagpipers leading in all 56 players and their flagbearers, greetings from dignitaries, and the first rock thrown by Swan Valley’s own mixed curling championship team of Brian White, Lorraine Goodman, Lloyd Lawson, and Mary Toderick.
The opening ceremonies were immediately followed by the first draw of the championships, with Team Alberta playing Team Saskatchewan, Team Quebec playing  Team Manitoba, Team British Columbia playing Team Northern Ontario, and Team Nova Scotia playing Team New Brunswick.
Team Manitoba – consisting of Dean Dunstone, Natalie Claude Harding, Peter Nicholls, and Renee Fletcher out of the East St. Paul Curling Club – conceded their first game, losing 6-2 against Team Quebec.
“So far, everything has gone off without a hitch,” said organizing committee chair Murray Mullin. “The curlers seem to be enjoying themselves. We have a big week ahead of us and by the end of it, we are going to have lots of memories.”
The action continues this week with draws at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. every day until Friday, with the semi-finals taking place at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the bronze medal and gold medal game playing out at 3 p.m., to determine the champions of the event, and the team that will represent Canada in the 2018 World Mixed Curling Championship, at a site and date yet to be announced by the World Curling Federation.
Tickets are available at the door, or from the Power Promotions office, TD Canada Trust, or the Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The official event website at curling.ca/2018mixed also contains links to live streaming video of one game of each draw, as well as live scores of all games.

Jeremy Bergen