14 January 2021
After careful thought, consultation with stakeholders and consideration of the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 restrictions remaining in effect until January 29th (at minimum), it is with mixed emotions that the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020-2021 curling season.
Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank all curlers, coaches and fans for your commitment and patience while we’ve worked through the challenges of this 2020-2021 season. We thank you all for adhering to the new guidelines put in place for the safety of both the curlers and staff throughout the first half of the curling season.
All curlers will be receiving a refund of curling fees for unplayed league games from November 27, 2020 – December 31st 2020. Curling fees will also be refunded from March 16, 2020 - March 31, 2020 when the initial closure due to Covid-19 occurred.
For any curler that paid for the full league fees for the 2020-2021 curling season, you will receive a credit on your Curling I/O account for the balance of fees for January 2021-March 2021 which will be applied to your curling fees for the 2021-2022 season.
Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre looks forward to welcoming everyone back in October 2021 as we celebrate 10 years of our club at Mosaic Place!
MOOSE JAW, SASK., TO HOST 2022, 2023 CANADIAN WHEELCHAIR CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship has found its home for the next two seasons, it was announced today by Curling Canada.
The 2022 and 2023 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships will be played at the Ford Moose Jaw Curling Centre in Moose Jaw, Sask.
The venue is located inside Moose Jaw’s downtown Mosaic Place, the venue of the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The conjoined Ford Moose Jaw Curling Centre was used as the Heart Stop Lounge during the event.
“Moose Jaw is coming off of hosting a successful Scotties Tournament of Hearts and I’m thrilled to see another Canadian curling championship return to my home province of Saskatchewan,” said Mitch Minken, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Directors. “This host committee is determined to provide a first-class experience for our country’s wheelchair curlers over the next two years and they have our full support.”
It will be the first time Moose Jaw hosts the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship and it’s been hosted once in Saskatchewan prior – in 2016 at Regina. The 2022 championship is scheduled for Feb. 21-26, while the 2023 event will take place Feb. 20-25.
The Ford Moose Jaw Curling Centre is located downtown in Mosaic Place, the venue of the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. (Photo supplied, Ford Moose Jaw Curling Centre)
“We are looking forward to hosting the 2022 and the 2023 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships with great anticipation,” said Moose Gibson, host committee chair of the events. “It is our goal to provide an outstanding experience both in the curling club and in the city. Moose Jaw has a strong history of putting on successful Curling Canada events and that experience will ensure that this event is no different.”
In addition to hosting the 2020 national women’s championship, it hosted the 2015 Scotties, the 2012 Canada Cup of Curling, the 1994 Canadian Senior Curling Championships, the 1983 World Women’s Curling Championship (first time hosted in Canada) and the 1979 World Junior Men’s Curling Championship.
“The City of Moose Jaw welcomes the opportunity to host such a prestigious event,” said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. “The people of Moose Jaw are known for their hospitality, strong community volunteer support and access in hosting events.”
The 2022 event will be the 17th edition of the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, which made its debut in 2004. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
British Columbia leads the way with five national wheelchair curling titles courtesy of teams skipped by Darryl Neighbour (2007), Jim Armstrong (2008, 2009), Gary Cormack (2010) and Gerry Austgarden (2015).
Saskatchewan has won three Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships with skip Darwin Bender winning the first two in 2012 and 2016. In 2018, Paralympian Marie Wright became the first female skip to win the event, winning Saskatchewan’s third and most recent national wheelchair curling championship in 2018.
“We are very excited to welcome the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship back to Saskatchewan in 2022 and 2023. The City of Moose Jaw and local curling community has proven their ability to host first class events with the successful hosting of the 2015 and 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and 2012 Canada Cup of Curling,” said Ashley Howard, Executive Director of CURLSASK. “This championship will mark the second and third time respectively that the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship has been hosted in Saskatchewan and we are confident in the ability of host chairman Moose Gibson and his team; we know it will be a wonderful showcase for Canada’s best wheelchair curling teams.”
The most recent event was won by Alberta’s Jack Smart in Boucherville, Que., in 2019. The gold-medal victory was Alberta’s first at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship with Smart defeating Manitoba’s Dennis Thiessen in the final. Thiessen has previously skipped Manitoba to gold in 2014 and 2017.
“We are proud to host these athletes here in our city competing for the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship,” said Curl Moose Jaw president Kevin deDelley. “These athletes participating in Moose Jaw will generate more exposure to wheelchair curling as a whole in our city and province and we are proud to help build this interest.”
Representatives from all 14 Member Associations are eligible to compete in Moose Jaw. The teams are separated into two pools of seven and compete in a six-game round robin. The top team in each pool advances directly to the semifinals and the remaining teams crossover to play a qualification game. Winners of the semifinals games advance to the gold-medal game and the losers compete in the bronze-medal game.
YOUTH CURLING COORDINATOR
Position Summary: The Youth Curling Coordinator will be primarily responsible for coordinating and facilitating the Little Rocks Curling Program (Fun Curl) at Moose Jaw Ford Curling Club and assist with Junior(Youth) Development Program which are both offered on Sunday afternoons.
This is a seasonal position from October 25 – March 21.
Hours of Work: Sundays 12:30 – 4:30 pm (hours may change slightly to accommodate league times and some bonspiels)
Also helping run the Youth Bonspiel(CHAB) Dec 5-6
Salary Range: $20 per hour
QUALIFICATIONS: Must have or be willing to complete Club Coach or Competition Coach Level 1 course. Good communication and organizational skills. Experience working with youth and Knowledgeable about the sport of curling. Energetic, enthusiastic and interested in developing young curlers and promoting the sport of curling
1. Supervise and lead on-ice program and provide on-ice behaviour management.
2. Provide on-ice instruction and support as required.
3. Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the curling development program.
4. Plan and coordinate a training session for on-ice parent volunteers.
5. Other activities working with the youth curling program as required.
Please submit cover letter and résumé by email to:
Closing Date: October 14, 2020
September 08, 2020
Mosaic Place and the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre is excited to welcome all our returning curlers and new faces for another great season of curling!
The staff at Mosaic Place have been working hard this extended off season to provide a fun and safe environment that will host exciting game play from Competitive to Learn to Curl levels.
As we welcome you back to the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre you will find enhancements to make your experience a safe and positive one. Adjustments have been made to entrances, lobby layout and game play that will assist in the protection against the Covid-19 virus. Along with our high standard of cleanliness, additional sanitization and added disinfectant runs have been put in place to keep our guests healthy and curling.
The Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre is excited to be using a new curling registration platform called Curling IO, It may seem familiar to some as it has been adopted by many curling facilities and is a Curl Canada program. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and walk you through the steps when you need assistance. This Canadian based program is quite user friendly.
The Moose Jaw Ford Curling Club along with Curl Moose Jaw are working hard to continue to bring new added features to the Curling Center. Thank you, Curl Moose Jaw, for installing the remaining TV’s and on ice cameras. Be ready to catch the close-up action of the away end. Compass is also looking forward to better serving you from the new lower lobby concession as well as the Great Western Lounge.
Please review the attached FAQ’s that we hope will answer some of your questions and concerns as we move forward to the new normal for curling clubs during the pandemic. We are working hard to make this season the best one yet. We are all in this together.
Looking forward to seeing all your friendly faces soon.
Spectra Venue Management
At the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre
March 16, 2020
Effective end of day (5:00 PM) March 16, 2020, Mosaic Place and the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre will be closed to the public until further notice. We will be monitoring the situation closely and working with our internal and external partners to further a proactive approach to deal with COVID -19 (Coronavirus). In the coming days we will work with groups, associations, event organizers regarding their event or ice booking at Mosaic Place and the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
We continue to encourage all parties to follow standard health precautions, such as consistent handwashing for 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, practice "social distance" by not shaking hands or hugging, don’t touch surfaces and then your mouth, eyes or nose. We encourage individuals who are sick stay home.
Again, we will continue to monitor the situation very closely and follow recommendations from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the City of Moose Jaw. Check www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.
Any changes to upcoming events will be communicated via our website and social media channels.