Little Current will host 2018 Men’s Northern Ontario Curling Provincials

LITTLE CURRENT—Little Current has won the bid to host the 2018 Travelers Men’s Northern Ontario Curling Provincials February 7 to 11.

“We are so excited that we were awarded the bid,” said Travelers Host Committee member Crystal Morra.

“This is great news,” commented Northeast Town Mayor Al MacNevin. “We are happy that the host committee was successful with their bid and so glad that the community groups and council put their support behind the efforts to bring this event to Manitoulin.”

“At the end of last year’s AGM, the Little Current Curling Club discussed the possibility of putting a bid in for 2018 as the opportunity only comes once every six years,” said Ms. Morra. “Club members expressed excitement over the possibility of hosting, noting it would be a wonderful opportunity for both the club and the town. Curling has been a beloved sport on Manitoulin for over 100 years so it will be wonderful to bring a Brier-like curling experience for all to enjoy.”

The Travelers 2018 Bid Committee (now host committee) took the reins to develop the proposal with the support of the Little Current Curling Club and the Northeast Town mayor and council. The proposal was submitted at the end of January to the Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA), with the bid awarded to Little Current last month.

In the past, the Little Current Curling Club has hosted the Provincial Mixed, Provincial Mixed Doubles, Provincial Juniors and summer bonspiels, but this is the first time that Manitoulin has hosted the NOCA Men’s Curling Provincials.

“We hope to create a similar experience to that of the 2015 Travelers Men’s Provincials in Kenora,” said fellow Travelers Host Committee member and curler Jordan Chandler. “The host club, Keewatin Curling Club, has been kind enough to offer their experience with hosting this event in an (hockey) arena.”

The Travelers Host Committee will be in charge of running the event and is currently in development. Anyone interested in supporting the event can contact Crystal Morra at travelers2018@gmail.com.

“There is lots of work ahead securing sponsors, volunteers and spreading the word that this amazing event is coming to town,” said Ms. Morra. “Transforming the arena into a professional curling rink will also require a great deal of coordination over the coming months.”

Interested sponsors of the event can email travelers2018@gmail, care of Jordan Chandler.

“The committee could not have secured this bid without the amazing support of the community and would like to thank all those who supported the bid proposal including the mayor and council, Northeast Town, recreation centre user groups and the Little Current Curling Club executive committee and club members,” concluded Ms. Morra.