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A Bold New Era for Curling in Alberta
Four existing governing bodies for curling in Alberta teaming up to inspire the curlers of tomorrow
On Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 it became official. The Alberta Curling Federation (ACF), the Northern Alberta Curling Association (NACA), the Southern Alberta Curling Association (SACA), and the Peace Curling Association (PCA) will be reborn as one.
In a strong demonstration of solidarity at the ACF Special General Meeting, all four organizations voted unanimously in favour of the amalgamation — an impassioned exclamation point at the climax of an important and long-fought mission for curling in this province.
“I believe this was the fourth attempt to amalgamate for the four associations. Everyone involved has put in a tremendous amount of effort, and the whole curling community should be proud of this accomplishment,” said Curtis Fairhurst, who will become the first President of the new organization, aptly to be rebranded as Curling Alberta.
This latest effort began in 2015, when a volunteer committee was jointly established by the four organizations to investigate and recommend the establishment of one governing body of curling in Alberta.
“There are many benefits of a single body,” explained Murray Adams, President of SACA, “We look forward not only to capitalizing on increased operational efficiencies, but to speak with a unified voice, and to providing consistent and better services and support to our stakeholders.”
“It’s time for curling in Alberta to take a step forward and become a united front. Alberta curlers and their communities are finally supported by a single entity: Curling Alberta,” added Greg Empey, President of NACA.
While the new board awaits incorporation to officially assume governing authority, it’s already hard at work to prepare for the future.
“We’re focusing our efforts on creating an organization that will be active at a community level and accessible to the members,” said Fairhurst. “Developing a clear and transparent strategic plan will allow us to build capacity to better support curlers of all ages and abilities.”
“The new board members are extremely skilled, full of passion for sport, and willing to put in the work to make this successful. I’m also excited to work with Jill Richard as our new Executive Director,” added Fairhurst. “She brings invaluable experience in sport administration and program delivery to curling. Her leadership abilities combined with the knowledge, dedication, and experience of the existing staff across the organizations will result in powerhouse team that will revitalize participation in the grassroots and bring our goals to fruition.”
“This amalgamation isn’t just about curling,” said Richard. “It’s about working together to spread the power of sport in our communities. We’re locking arms to protect the health and happiness of future generations.”
Brenda Asmussen, the ACF’s current President, also described her hope to inspire a new era of innovation while protecting our unique Alberta culture.
“This is a momentous and exciting time for the future of curling in this province! We have a great strength in the foundation laid by our predecessors,” she said. “The partnerships fostered these past few years are strong and unified. I believe, most importantly, that we are respectful and proud of each other’s organizations and contributions to the rich history of curling in Alberta.”
Curling Alberta is planning to mark this historic union and to properly honour the histories of the four amalgamated organizations this fall. A new brand and logo will be announced in the near future.
“The future of our sport has never been brighter,” declared Bob Cooper, President of the PCA.
“We have the highest aspirations for the new organization,” added Richard. “If we can stay focused and united in what we believe, we will build the country’s best, most innovative, compelling, and accessible programs. Together, we can take a stronghold on top of the world. And best of all, we’re going to make lives better along the way.”
The mission of the Canadian Curling Association is to encourage and facilitate the growth and development of curling in cooperation with our network of affiliates.
CCA’s Vision: In the year 2010 and beyond, curling in Canada – from the grassroots to the highest levels of competitive play – will be strong and vibrant. Curling clubs and Associations in Canada will offer a wide variety of participation opportunities for all residents of their communities. Opportunities to participate will reflect the changing needs of the cultural mosaic and lifestyles of Canadians, and allow for a healthy cross section of recreational through competitive play. Furthermore, the management practices of clubs, member associations and the CCA will parallel those of successful businesses by always keeping the best interests of curlers in mind.
The World Curling Federation is the world governing body of the Olympic Winter Sport of Curling and the Paralympic Winter Sport of Wheelchair Curling. Originally founded in 1966 as the International Curling Federation, the ICF changed its name to the World Curling Federation in 1991.
Today, the WCF is managed by an Executive Board of seven, each from a different country and elected by WCF Member Associations. A permanent staff of thirteen employees is based out of the WCF Secretariat in Perth, Scotland.
Curling is generally acknowledged to be one of the fastest-growing international winter sports. The WCF currently has 49 Member Associations.
CYCA is a volunteer society created to provide the infrastructure and means whereby Calgary and area youth are exposed to and are given the chance to learn and participate in the sport of curling.
The association is totally dedicated to youth curling. Besides attracting youth to the sport, the CYCA develops, organizes and implements youth curling activities and programs in the Calgary area.
To accomplish this requires a co-operative and supportive effort by several key and integral groups such as the various curling associations, the curling clubs, schools, volunteers, coaches, instructors and the CYCA working together with common objectives and approach.
The Club’s purpose has always remained the same: “to promote good fellowship and sportsmanship through the game of curling in and around the City of Calgary.” That is evidenced by the lifelong friendships formed and the camaraderie displayed all the time.
Women first curled, according to the records, in 1908, playing a four end game that caused quite a stir. Not surprising when you think about it: as the custom of the day was for women to be versed in etiquette, handiwork, raising their children, managing their home and entertaining. However, these were the women of the new West. In 1919 there was meeting in the basement of our City Hall, where the female curlers from different groups amalgamated and formed the Calgary Ladies Curling Club.
It is hard to imagine that this club is ninety-three years old on January 1st of 2013. This must be one of the oldest, continuously operating women’s curling clubs in the country. It is all due to the legacy handed down from those first organizers and the many Presidents and volunteers that have gone before, the current volunteers and those who are no longer with us.