The Future of Optimist U18
- As copied from Posting on April 3, 2016 in Curling by Lisa Shamchuk
It was announced at the banquet last night that this will be the last year for
the Optimist U18 Curling Championship. The Optimist U18 Steering Committee has been working with Curling Canada for
many years to establish a U18 national championship. It has been agreed upon at the executive level, and will be
voted on by member associations at the AGM this summer, that Curling Canada will henceforth run a Canadian U18
Curling Championship. Upon approval, Curling Canada will take over organization of the event, which will become the
national level U18 championship for all Canadian Provinces and Territories. It is hopeful that a World U18 Curling
Championship will also be approved shortly.
The Optimist U18 Curling Championship has been a much loved event, and has not only been a fantastic time for
all the organizers and followers, but a truly awesome and memorable event for all the junior curlers who have
participated. Everyone is sad to see it go, but we are happy to have under 18 curlers recognized at an official
national level. We are all excited to continue to provide opportunities for junior curlers to develop and have fun
with the sport of curling!
- April 4, 2016 Sterring Committee
The Steering Committee had a vision sixteen years or more ago; that there needed to be an under-18 level (and
perhaps at least one more), for the development of our sport. That goal is imminent. Over the next few months, the
timing and format of a National should become evident.
The Steering Committee deeply appreciates the participation of our partners over the years; especially the
Optimist groups and Host Committees that have made these championships memorable. We also applaud all the
participants and followers. While this cessation closes a wonderfu capture for the U18 event; a new exciting
era begins. Hurry Hard!