Curling in Canada is rich in history, with the first curling club established in Montreal in 1807. This morning, 216 years later, another first in Canadian curling history took place as Mixed Doubles Curling made its Canada Games debut at the Montague Curling Club.
Draw 1 saw three separate games occur simultaneously in today’s historic debut. Team Alberta jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Team Yukon 10-2. Team British Columbia upended Team Quebec 7-4, and Team Saskatchewan scored two in the eighth and final end to edge Team Newfoundland and Labrador 5-4 in a closely contested battle. The games were fast paced and action packed as teams exchanged shots in front of spirited fans.
Evan Crough and Kaylee Raniseth of Team Alberta were the first pair to secure a victory. The two athletes, who have been preparing together for the past four months, were pleased with their performance.
“The first stones, we were quite nervous, but after the first couple of ends we kind of settled down, did our thing, and focused in on each other,” said Crough, adding that he and Raniseth haven’t missed a step since they joined forces as a pair.
In a sport where communication is so important, Raniseth echoed how their team chemistry will be key for continued success this week. “Our personalities really mend well together…we know how to pick each other up if we miss and pump each other up when we make a good shot,” said Raniseth.
The mixed doubles format is largely similar to regular curling, but the sport has some distinct differences. For instance, each team is composed of two players rather than four, and each end begins with both teams placing one rock in play, either in the house or as a guard.
Curling has been featured in every Canada Games since 1967, but with mixed doubles new to the program, this will be a historic week of firsts for the event. As teams compete for the first-ever spots on a Canada Games podium, Crough has a simple message for prospective fans. “It’s a fun game. Come, check it out, and cheer hard.”
Hurry hard to the rink, folks. It’s not every day that you get to see history unfold before your eyes. Mixed doubles curling is officially in the house at Canada Games!
After 16 incredible days, the 29th edition of the Canada Games will officially conclude tonight with the Closing Ceremony from Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown at 7:30 PM AST.
There have been records smashed and countless debuts made by athletes here at the 2023 Canada Games, but yesterday, history was made when female boxing got underway on P.E.I.
Women’s hockey at the Canada Games returns to P.E.I. where it made its original debut in 1991. In the tournaments since then, numerous Canadian hockey idols have laced up and begun their glorious careers at the Canada Games.
In just six contests this Winter Games, McKenna recorded 29 points including 14 goals, smashing a Canada Games record that stood for 28 years. The previous record for points in a tournament was 27, set by Francois Methot of Quebec in 1995 and tied by Kelsey Tessier of New Brunswick in 2007.
With the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games officially underway, the Canada Games Council (CGC) and the 2023 Host Society are thrilled to celebrate the nation’s top young athletes and their families and friends with the launch of Canada Games House, presented by Canadian Tire.
Let the Games begin! Reminiscent of an Island kitchen party, the athletes were all smiles and a capacity crowd was brought to its feet during the Opening Ceremony of the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games.
After many years of planning, the town of North Rustico reached a historic milestone today with the opening of Eliyahu Wellness Centre at Canada Games Place.
The PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games Host Society is ready to give a warm Maritime welcome to over 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches as they descend on PEI’s friendly shores for the 29th edition of the Canada Games.
The PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games Host Society and Canada Games Council are proud to unveil the new cauldron that will house the flame to ignite the spirit of Canadian sport throughout the 2023 Canada Games, February 18 - March 5, 2023.
It’s only fitting that boxing occurred during Week Two of this year’s Canada Winter Games, coinciding with Women’s History Month, which runs the month of March.
Team Alberta’s figure skater, Lia Cho, is this year’s youngest athlete at Canada Winter Games. She is only 10 years old and stands just over four rulers high.
For the first time in Canada Games history, medals will be awarded in mixed doubles curling. The event made its historic debut this week at the Montague Curling Club.
On day 13 of the 2023 Canada Winter Games, the host province, Prince Edward Island, landed on the podium for the first time. Lucas Macdonald of Stratford, claimed the silver medal in the Men’s +81 kg Judo division Thursday afternoon.
Chants of “Novaaa Scotiaaa” echoed throughout Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre in Charlottetown as proud fans watched Ritu Shah and Thomas Ashton add two silver medals to Team Nova Scotia’s growing medal count.
When people speak of the legacy of the 2023 Canada Winter Games the conversation usually focuses on two things, the lifelong memories people take away from the Games and the new sports facilities the Games leave behind.
At the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta’s Evelyn Beaton took home a gold medal for the individual female - 44 kg Judo division.
Sport and competition often draw metaphoric comparisons to life. For PEI’s Crawford family, it’s remarkable how a sport with a tiny target has brought life’s bigger picture into clear view.Sport and competition often draw metaphoric comparisons to life. For PEI’s Crawford family, it’s remarkable how a sport with a tiny target has brought life’s bigger picture into clear view.
Sporting bright green and blue uniforms, the PEI 2023 volunteers are a dedicated and committed group, intent on making sure the Games provide the best possible experience for the young athletes representing their respective provinces and territories.