Okotoks will welcome the top men’s and women’s teams the roaring game has to offer as it was announced as the host of the 2016 Masters Grand Slam of Curling to be held Oct. 25-30 at the Pason Centennial Arena.
“It will bring together the 15 top men’s, 15 top women’s teams in the world. It will include Canadian, world and Olympic champions,” said Ron McLaren, chairman of the Okotoks Curling Club’s executive committee. “The Masters is one of the original Grand Slam events. It’s considered a very prestigious title in the world of curling and has been won by some of the best teams in the world.”
One such past champion was on hand for the announcement, 2003 Masters winner and 2010 Olympic and world champion curler Kevin Martin.
“It’s such a sporting town,” said Martin, now a broadcaster with Sportsnet. “The Grand Slam of Curling, it’s all about the growth of the game, that’s what it is.”
Next year will mark a season of unprecedented growth for the Grand Slam series with Okotoks on board as one of the biggest number of tour dates in the circuit’s history.
“Last year the Grand Slam of Curling property had five events, this year the Grand Slam property had seven events,” Martin added.
The event, co-hosted by the Town of Okotoks and Okotoks Curling Club, has been held in Canada since 2002 yet the 2016 Masters will mark the first time Alberta has hosted the Masters in the history of the Grand Slam.
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Caption: Current world champion curler Kevin Koe is expected to compete at the Masters of Curling in Okotoks Oct. 25-30.