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Truro to host second Masters curling championship in October

Rachel Homan skipped her team to a Masters Grand Slam of Curling title at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in 2015. The event, which features the top 15 men’s and women’s teams in the world rankings, will return to Truro Oct. 23 to 28.
Rachel Homan skipped her team to a Masters Grand Slam of Curling title at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in 2015. The event, which features the top 15 men’s and women’s teams in the world rankings, will return to Truro Oct. 23 to 28. - SaltWire Network

TRURO, N.S. – For the second-time, the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) will host the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling.

“The Truro-Colchester community is proud once again to play host to the best male and female curlers in the world,” said Craig Burgess, chairman of the organizing committee. “Come join us again and make this the best curling venue in the grand slam series,” he said, of the event which will to be held Oct. 23 to 28.

Owned and operated by Sportsnet, a Rogers Media company, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an annual series of seven tournaments that attract the world’s best curlers. The Masters will be the second stop on the 2018-2019 Grand Slam schedule.

Featuring 15 of the top men’s and women’s teams in the world, the Masters is an elite-level competition with $250,000 and valuable tour points on the line.

The RECC last hosted the event in 2015 when it generated $1.94 million in economic activity and above-average ticket sales, compared to other tournament locations.

And RECC general manager Matt Moore said organizers are anticipating even greater success this year.

“We are thrilled to have this pinnacle event return to the Community Credit Union Arena,” he said, in a news release. “In 2015 this event was a very special milestone for our facility as our first on the international stage, so I know there will be no shortage of enthusiasm and excitement when the brooms and rocks start flying.”

Events Truro Colchester (ETC), a partnership between the Town of Truro and County of Colchester supported by other community organizations, was established following the event’s success in 2015.

Since then, ETC has promoted the region as a marque events destination and served as host to major sporting and cultural events. The group has also developed a Strategic Plan brand mark, and website (eventstc.ca) to assert Truro-Colchester into the competitive world of event attraction.

More information on volunteer opportunities, tickets, and sponsorship will become available in the coming weeks.

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