Continental Cup will boost Penticton

Congratulations to the Penticton Curling Club for being awarded one of the most prestigious curling events.

Congratulations to the Penticton Curling Club, the South Okanagan Event Centre and the City of Penticton for being awarded one of the most prestigious curling events in the world.

The 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup will be played at SOEC Jan. 10 to 13.  The Penticton Curling Club will be home to the Patch  for all the event’s entertainment activities. The Patch is a friendly and high-energy atmosphere where curling fans gather. The Patch showcases top Canadian bands and features a constant stream of fun contests and games.  The Patch has live coverage of the events as they happen. This event will feature six teams from North America (four from Canada and four from the United States) versus six teams representing the world.

It is estimated that we will have 3,000 fans at every game.

Hosting international events is not just about prestige. Hosting an event such as this will deliver both short and long-term economic and social benefits to our community.

What does this mean to Penticton?

The participants and their families along with curling spectators will stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, and shop in our fair city at a time of year when tourism is traditionally slow. The end result is a positive economic impact for Penticton.

The catch all phrase here is sports tourism.  Sports tourism is considered any travel outside of the usual environment for either passive or active involvement in a competitive sport where, in this case, curling is the prime motivation for travel. Sporting events can be seen as catalyst and a way to promote our city as a tourist destination.

Why Penticton was chosen to host the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup?

The capacity of the host venue (SOEC) to accommodate the spectators.

Previous experience hosting curling events~ (2008 Men’s Provincials, and 2010 Women’s Provincials).

Adequate Accommodations.

Transportation availability.

Spirit of volunteerism in the community.

Penticton’s great community pride came through in our previous events and we are confident that the citizens of Penticton will once again embrace this event and provide the required 350 volunteers.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can volunteer.

Around the House

Twenty-four teams participated in the one-day Wreckspiel on Nov. 5.  Organizer and club manager Gary Stene said the event was a big success. A big thank you to all those who curled.

Learn to curl clinic — Nov. 12 1 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is necessary for this clinic.  Everyone welcome.

Penticton will host a Ladies Open Bonspiel Nov. 18 to 20.  They are still looking for teams.  Spectators are always welcome to come down and watch the action.

Our annual Christmas open house and member appreciation will be held Dec. 17.   Music by Uncorked.  Turkey shoot, games and prizes. Baron of beef $20 includes beverage. Advance tickets available at the curling club.  Everyone welcome.

Last night of curling Dec. 22.

Happy Curling!

Kim Kirkham is the past-president of the Penticton Curling Club.