As qualifying for the 2024 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts was completed earlier this month, CurlManitoba has announced plans to stage the 2025 championship in Pilot Mound’s Millennium Recreation Complex.
The Pilot Mound host committee, chaired by Jackie McCannell, will be particularly interested in the 2024 event as the champion will become the first team to qualify for what will be the first Manitoba curling championship ever staged in the south-central Manitoba community.
“The Manitoba championship’s new 12-team format has given us the opportunity to bring the event to new communities which have never hosted before. We are pleased to be adding Pilot Mound to the list of Manitoba towns hosting one of our arena championships for the first time,” says CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker.
“It is special to give curling fans in this great curling community a chance to watch their favorite sport in an arena setting close to home.”
The Manitoba Women’s Championship presented by RME will take place in Pilot Mound, January 21-26, 2025.
Speaking on behalf of the host committee, Co-Chair Jackie McCannell says she is looking forward to the excitement the announcement is going to create in the Pilot Mound Curling Club and in the extended community.
“From experience attending other events and talking with organizers in other communities, we know that hosting the championships provides benefits beyond the curling club,” McCannell says.
‘We know there are many curling fans who are no longer active curlers, and many community supporters who may not even be curlers or curling fans. Working together to stage a successful event is important for community image and community pride. We are eager to get started on the preparations.”
Pilot Mound’s arena joins East St. Paul (2023), Carberry (2022), Rivers (2019), Eric Coy-Charleswood (2017), and Winkler (2015) arenas as first-time arena championship host venues in the past nine years. There was no championship due to Covid in 2021. The 2018 event was the second hosted by Gimli. Beausejour, which hosted in 2016, had previously hosted a provincial men’s championship in their arena.
The 2024 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by RME will take place January 23-28, 2024 in Morden.