NAIT teams will have home ice advantage at curling nationals
The Ooks men’s and women’s curling teams will have home ice advantage when they compete at the 2013 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling Championship, March 20-23. While NAIT has hosted numerous high-profile athletic events, this will mark the first time in the polytechnic’s 50-year history that it has hosted a national curling championship.
“Our student-athletes have represented NAIT well in the past and this year is no exception as both the men's and women's curling teams won their respective Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) divisions,” said Linda Henderson, director of athletics and recreation. “We’re proud of their achievements and excited to see them compete at their home rink.”
Eight men’s and eight women’s teams have been confirmed for the round robin competition including several who competed in last year’s championship as well as the top ACAC teams. The four-day event takes place at the Avonair Curling Club directly across from NAIT on Princess Elizabeth Avenue.
“On behalf of the 2013 CCAA Curling Championship organizing committee, I am excited about the opportunity to welcome some of the most outstanding college curlers to Edmonton, NAIT and the Avonair Curling Club,” said Gregg Meropoulis, NAIT’s athletic manager. “From this group of curlers could come the next Heather Nedohin, Kevin Martin, or Kerry Burtnyk, to name just a few of the great curling names who benefitted from the opportunity afforded them by curling at the collegiate level.”
NAIT has a proud curling history. Martin and Adam Enright, both world-class curlers, honed their craft while at NAIT under the leadership of coach Jules Owchar. While Owchar retired from teaching in 2003, he remains coach of the NAIT Ooks curling and golf teams. NAIT’s men and women curlers won ACAC gold last month. This was the 15th gold for the men’s team (the last one was 2008-09) and the 13th for the women (the last one was 2003-04).
NAIT has hosted national athletic events ranging from badminton (1987, 1998, 2002, 2010) to basketball (1989, 2005) and hockey (1989, 1992).
For tournament details, including the complete schedule, please click here.
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