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Gatineau Returns for 10th Year of Arena Challenge

The 10th edition of the Challenge de Curling de Gatineau is part of the World Curling Tour and will take place October 17th to 21st 2018 in Gatineau, Quebec.

This year, the Buckingham Curling Club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and we are planning a big celebration as a new junior event is added along with the existing 32 team men's elite competition and the 32 team open division drawing many teams from Ontario, Quebec, eastern Canada and the northeast United States.

The juniors will play from October 12th to 14th, with the Open and Men's event beginning days after will be jointly held at the Centre Sportif Robert Rochon (in the Masson sector of Gatineau) and the Buckingham Curling Club. The elite men's event is now considered one of the most prestigious on the World Curling Tour and is one of the only non-Slam event played on Arena ice.

"The Challenge de Curling de Gatineau will feature $55,000 in purse money between the men's and open events and the addition of the juniors will see another 40 teams playing," said Richard Faguy, co-organizer of the event. "We will see over 450 athletes participating over the two weeks in Gatineau in one of the biggest tournaments in the world."

These events will be a great happening and no doubt showcase great curling for the many fans of this sport in this region. We are also anticipating that this event and the influx of many out of town teams will generate a significant economic boost to the Gatineau-Ottawa Region.

The 2017 Men's tournament was won by China's Rui Liu with Brad Gushue (2013, 2015) of St. John's, NL and local-hero Jean-Michel Menard (2009, 2011) having eacho won twice in the nine previous years of the Challenge. John Epping (2016) of Toronto, Mike McEwen (2014) of Winnipeg, Mark Dacey (2012) of Halifax and Serge Reid (2010) of Saguenay each won a single title. Sylvain Dicaire of Val d'Or, Quebec won the 2017 Open event.

The organizing committee can rely on the following Elite Partners: la Ville de Gatineau, the Buckingham Curling Club, Education, sport et loisir Quebec, Curling Quebec and the Ottawa Valley Curling Association.

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