The following is a statement from CurlON regarding U21 Mixed Doubles and its current situation. The link below is a PDF version of what follows. Please use and share these resources as you see fit.
Enjoy the summer and good curling!
In the summer of 2016, the Ontario Curling Association transitioned the Junior Mixed Championship to a U21 Mixed Doubles in an effort to help train our developing athletes in the new Olympic discipline.
CurlON is one of the only Member Associations offering this discipline as a resource to our athletes.
In each season since, the U21 discipline has been competed with the following entries:
2016-17 – 33 Teams – Winners Kayla MacMillan & Morgan Calwell
2017-18 – 30 Teams – Winners Riley Sandham & Matt Hall
2018-19 – 57 Teams – Winners Anastasia Richards & Sammy Churchill
As part of our continued support of athletes, the Ontario Curling Council supported by CurlON and Curl NOCA lobbied the Ontario Winter Games program to add the U21 Mixed Doubles discipline. Starting in 2020, the Ontario Winter Games program will host four curling disciplines: U18 Men & Women, U21 Mixed Doubles and Wheelchair. The Ontario Winter Games are a multi-sport event and a feature of winter athletics in Ontario.
After review of the current 2019-2020 Youth Competition Calendar, CurlON has deferred the U21 Mixed Doubles to the Ontario Winter Games program in an effort to allow our U21 athletes the opportunity to compete in such a large and excellent Ontario program. In every year Ontario will host a U21 Mixed Doubles event for our athletes, in the years that U21 is hosted as part of the Ontario Winter Games program and in every other year as a CurlON U21 Provincial Championship.
As a response to the confusion in Ontario and a recent social media lobby / petition, CurlON wanted to clarify several facts:
- CURLON HAS HELD AND WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD AN UNDER 21 MIXED DOUBLES COMPETITION ANNUALLY.
- CURLON TRANSITIONED FROM JUNIOR MIXED TO U21 MIXED DOUBLES TO OFFER ATHLETES AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN IN THE NEW OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE
- ONTARIO ATHLETES HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE IN EVENTS THAN ANY OTHER MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS IN CANADA
ONTARIO EVENTS (open to U21 athletes) and other conflicts
Weekend Potential Conflicts:
Dec. 27 – 30 – U21 Men & Women Provincials
Jan. 3 – 5 – None
Jan. 10 – 12 – U21 Mixed Doubles OWG Qualifier Cashspiel Men / Women
Jan. 17 – 19 – Men / Women Open Qualifiers
Jan. 24 – 26 – U21 Men & Women National Championships, OJCT – Stu Sells Mixed Doubles (U25) and Slam Series – NJCT Qualifier (U21)
Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 – Men’s & Women’s Provincials
Feb. 7 – 9 – Mixed Doubles – Qualifier
Feb. 14 – 16 – OUA / OCAA Championships
Feb. 28 – Mar. 1 – Ontario Winter Games and Mixed Doubles Championship
Mar. 6 – 8 – Ontario Mixed Qualifier
Mar. 13 – 15 – Canada U-Sport
Mar. 20 – 22 – Slam Series – U21 Event
Mar. 27 – 29 – None
Apr. 3 – 5 – None
Apr. 10 – 12 – Mixed Championship
Apr. 17 – 19 – University Exams
Apr. 24 – 26 – OJCT Championships