The Buckingham curling club’s board of directors and the 2016 Challenge de Curling de Gatineau’s organizing committee held a press conference Tuesday October 11th 2016 at the "Maison du Citoyen" in Gatineau. From left to right on the picture, Marco Robitaille - Director General Curling Québec, Dany Beaulieu - Tournament Director, Richard Faguy - Event Coordinator, Marc Carrière - Councillor for Gatineau (Masson-Angers), Joel Wingert - Sales Manager DoubleTree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa
This year's Open Event will feature 32 teams. The elimination round is a modified triple KO with eight (8) of 32 teams qualifying for the championship round. There will also be a "B" and "C" consolation round for teams not qualified for the championship round. The total purse (if 32 teams) is $12,850, the winning team's share will be $2,400 (if 32 teams). 16 of the 32 registered teams will receive a purse. All games are 8 ends. The competition will begin Sunday (October 16th), Wednesday and Thursday for local teams and Thursday/Friday for out of town teams.
The 8th edition of the "Challenge de curling de Gatineau" presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa is part of the World Curling Tour (WCT) and will take place October 16th to 23rd 2016 in Gatineau. This first class sports event will be jointly held at the Centre Sportif Robert Rochon (in the Masson sector of Gatineau) and the Buckingham Curling Club.
This tournament is of international caliber and is now considered one of the biggest ones on the World Curling Tour.
For this edition, the « Pro-Am » type event will host 32 elite men’s teams and 32 « open class » teams for a total of 256 participants who will compete for over $57,850 in purse money.
This event, will be a great happening and no doubt showcase great curling for the many fans of this sport in this region. We are also anticipating that this event and the influx of many out of town teams will generate a significant economic boost to the Gatineau-Ottawa Region.
The organizing committee can rely on the following Elite Partners : la Ville de Gatineau, DoubleTree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa ,Transcontinental Media, the Buckingham Curling Club, Éducation, sport et loisir Québec, Curling Québec and the OVCA.