2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors leaves lasting legacy

May 8, 2013 (Fort McMurray, AB) – The 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships Host Committee is delighted to announce a lasting legacy fund that supports junior curling in the Wood Buffalo region well into the future.

The 10-day national event, which took place at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre from January 31 to February 10, raised $80,000 for the Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club and its junior program. The funds will be used for junior curling program and coaching development, high performance training and accessibility to the sport among the region’s youth.

“This is possible because of the incredibly strong support of the community and our corporate partners and due to strong ticket sales,” said Tyler Spitzer, Host Committee Co-Chair. “Our partners contributed over $250,000 in funding and in-kind support for Junior Nationals, while close to 200 volunteers worked tirelessly with the Host Committee, Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club and the ‘Mi Team’ at MacDonald Island Park to deliver an exceptional experience to players, visitors and fans alike. We’re excited to take the next step.”

Co-hosted by Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club and MacDonald Island Park, the event saw 120 athletes and coaches from 10 provinces and three territories and hundreds of fans descend on Fort McMurray along with the thousands of spectators that attended at CNRL Arena 2 and Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club.

Team Manitoba and skip Matt Dunstone captured the men’s side of the draw by defeating Team Alberta 4-3 in the Final, which was broadcast on TSN live across Canada along with the women’s Final, won by skip Corynn Brown and Team British Columbia, 6-3 winners over Team Manitoba.

A number of notable attendees were part of the 2013 Juniors, including TSN SportsCentre anchor Dan O’Toole, who acted as on-ice Master of Ceremonies for the men’s and women’s Finals and Closing Ceremonies. Six-time Canadian and two-time world women’s champion Colleen Jones was on the sidelines in support of her son, Nova Scotia men’s second Luke Saunders, while Fort McMurray native and Cheryl Bernard rink second Lori Olson-Johns delivered the keynote address at the Canadian Curling Association Awards Banquet. Vic Rauter and Russ Howard called the men's and women's Finals in the TSN broadcast booth at CNRL Arena 2.

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