The Royal Caledonian Curling Club and the World Curling Federation (WCF) have announced that Perth, Scotland will host the 2011 World Junior Curling Championships from 5-13 March 2011.
The World Juniors will return to the Dewars Centre in Perth, where fifteen years ago Tom Brewster Jr. won the 1995 title in front of his home crowd with a 6-3 win over his German opponents. Approximately 70km north of the Scottish capital Edinburgh, Perth hosts many national curling championships, including the Scottish Championships.
“The World Curling Federation is delighted to confirm that Perth will host the World Junior Curling Championships in 2011,” said World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness. “The City of Perth has shown great commitment over the years to staging first class international curling events. The World Juniors in 2011 are set to be no exception with the great synergy already in place between the WCF’s event partners: The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Perth and Kinross Council, EventScotland and Dewars Centre,” added Caithness.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “Securing the World Junior Curling Championships for Perth in 2011 is fantastic news for Scotland and will ensure the country’s reputation as a destination for the sport continues to flourish. Last year Aberdeen hosted the European Curling Championships, an event which attracted a world class field, thousands of spectators and a substantial economic impact. Hosting the Juniors will raise awareness of the sport among young people and encourage participation to ensure that Scotland retains its position on the leader board in the sport for years to come. The Juniors will also generate economic impact in Perth as the area welcomes competitors from all over the world and their families and support teams.”
Scottish Junior curling has captured several medals at World Junior Championships in recent years with Ally Fraser’s junior men’s team claiming the silver medal at the 2010 World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland and Eve Muirhead claiming three consecutive World titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Both Ally Fraser and Eve Muirhead will be aiming to return with their teams to the Championships in Perth in 2011 in their quest for another medal.
Image: (L-R) Bill Duncan (chairman of the organising committee), Kay Adams (Royal Caledonian Curling Club), Eve Muirhead (3 times World Junior Champion) and Councillor Callum Gillies (Common Good Fund, Perth).