Curling Canada, September 22, 2021
The competition has begun for curling teams to represent Canada at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Nine men’s and women’s teams will descend on Saskatoon Nov.20-28 for the Canadian Curling Trials, with four women’s teams and five men’s teams claiming spots so far.
Two of the remaining men’s spots and three of the women’s spots will be filled following a direct-entry event in Ottawa Sept. 22-26. Saskatoon’s Colton Flasch and Regina’s Matt Dunstone will be among the teams competing for the men’s spots at that event.
Teams that don’t qualify for the Trials at the direct-entry event will have a second chance to do so at the Canadian Pre-Trials scheduled for Oct.26-31 in Liverpool, N.S., where the final two spots for the Trials will be decided.
Also in Ottawa Sept.22-26, there will be a Pre-Trials direct-entry event where eight men and women’s teams will compete for two spots each at the Liverpool Pre-Trials. Saskatoon’s Ashley Howard and North Battleford’s Jessie Hunkin will be competing on the women’s side, while Saskatoon Shaun Meachem will compete on the men’s side.
Teams who don’t qualify for the Pre-Trials event are out of Olympic contention. Those who do qualify, will take on the teams who didn’t earn direct entry to the Canadian Curling Trials, as well as multiple teams who earned their spot at the Pre-Trials based on their World Curling Team Ranking. On the women’s side, those teams will include Saskatoon’s Sherry Anderson and Moose Jaw’s Penny Barker.
Learn more at curling.ca