Wisconsin Rapids to host 2014 Mixed Championship
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., has been selected to
host the 2014 USA
Curling Mixed National Championship March 15-22.
Curling Club will host the 10 teams for the competition, which will take place
at the South Wood County Recreational Center (SWCRC).
Wood County Recreation Center is thrilled to contribute to the enthusiasm and
tradition that the Tri-City Curling Club shares for the sport of curling,” said
Jim Arnold, rink manager for the South Wood County Recreation Center. “Our
staff is looking forward to joining forces to host the 2014 USA Mixed National
Curling Championship here in Wisconsin Rapids. We hope all the participants and
families look forward to visiting us in Central Wisconsin.”
This is the
first time Wisconsin Rapids will host a national championship for USA Curling.
for building the SWCRC were made, a goal in the mind at least one of its
promoters, and one shared by a few members of the Tri-City Curling Club, was to
host a national curling championship at the arena sometime in the future,” said
Mike Swanson, event chairman and member of the Tri-City Curling Club. “While
curling has been around the Wisconsin Rapids area since 1958, it is still a
hidden treasure. The opportunity to introduce our sport to the community
through the USA Curling Mixed National Championship was too great to pass up.”
curling competitions feature teams of two men and two women. At the moment, this
event is a national championship that does not lead to a world championship.
Regional competitions will take place this winter to determine the 10 teams
that qualify to the national event in Wisconsin.
Curling Mixed National Championship is the perfect event to bring to Wisconsin
Rapids, with the combination of high level competition and enough time off the
ice to really get to know the players,” said Rick Patzke, chief operating officer
for USA Curling. “It is also very satisfying to see the partnership developed
between the Tri-City Curling Club and South Wood County Recreation Center to
host this championship. With the strong and proud history of curling in the
Tri-City area, we anticipate that the 2014 hosts will raise the bar even higher
for future host sites.”
event took place in Willmar, Minn., with Connecticut’s Derek Surka rink
defeating Wisconsin’s Sean Murray team, 10-4, for the title.
national championship is a major challenge and we have had tremendous
cooperation and support from our partnering organizations, Visit Wisconsin
Rapids, formerly the Visitors and Convention Bureau, the South Wood County
Recreation Center and the Wisconsin Rapids Area Sports Commission,” Swanson
said. “We look forward to working with area, regional and national sponsors to
present a unique sports experience for the residents of Central Wisconsin and a
high quality, memorable competition for the qualifying teams.”