Winter Games Program

The Ontario Winter Games (OWG) and the Canada Winter Games (CWG) events do not have North and South representation, therefore both events will fall under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Curling Council as the recognized Provincial Sport Organization by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport and be run as province-wide events. The OCC has consulted with its members and board to create a fair and equitable qualification process which factors in access to competition and athlete development.

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The 2018 Ontario Winter Games are scheduled March 1-4, 2018 in the City of Orillia.  Curling has been fortunate to have their athlete quota increased through the inclusion of the Mixed Doubles discipline, therefore more athletes will have an opportunity to have a multi-sport games experience.

The 2018 Ontario Winter Games will host:

  • Six (6) – Men’s Teams (age: 17 or under as of June 30, 2018, born on or after July 1, 2000)
  • Six (6) – Women’s Teams (age: 17 or under as of June 30, 2018, born on or after July 1, 2000)
  • Six (6) – Mixed Doubles Teams (age: 20 or under as of June 30, 2018, born on or after July 1, 1997)
  • Six (6) – Wheelchair Teams

Men’s and Women’s

 Athletes must be 17 or under as of June 30, 2018 (born on or after July 1, 2000).  Teams must have a Certified Competition Coach accompany them.

Qualification Process for Ontario Winter Games:

The OCC will host six OPEN qualifiers.  Teams may enter any ONE of the six qualifiers, entry fees payable to the OCC will apply.  One winning team per gender from each of the six qualifiers will advance to the Ontario Winter Games.

The Men’s and Women’s Team qualifiers will happen prior to the Mixed Doubles Qualifiers (on separate weekends) so that Teams who do not qualify in the Men’s or Ladies’ team events may have a chance to compete in the Mixed Doubles Events.  Note:  Athletes may compete in only ONE discipline at the Ontario Winter Games.

Composition of Teams:  Each athlete must be a member of an affiliated club and have paid dues to an OCC Member Association (Curl ON or NOCA).  Team members DO NOT have to be a member of the same club.

NEW:  Winners of the Ontario Winter Games DO NOT PROGRESS DIRECTLY TO THE CANADA WINTER GAMES.

Winners* of the Ontario Winter Games will:

1)  Earn a “bye” directly into the Canada Winter Games Trials (to be held in December 2018)

2)  Gain entry in the OCC’s Next Gen Program for the 2018-2019 season

Second Place teams* at the Ontario Winter Games will:

1)  Earn a “bye” directly into the Canada Winter Games Trials (to be held in December 2018)

* Teams will need to retain 3 of 4 original players to retain entry into Canada Winter Games Trials or Next Gen Program (if applicable).

Please note- the competition schedule for 2017-2018 season will differ from regular due to the Olympics, this impacts youth curling significantly.  OCC will schedule the qualifiers in cooperation with the OCA and NOCA U21 and U18 playdowns, and will announce competition dates on the OCA and NOCA competition calendars.

Mixed Doubles at the Ontario Winter Games

Athletes will need to be 20 or under as of June 30, 2018 (born on or after July 1, 1997). Teams will need a Certified Competition Coach to accompany them.

To qualify for the Ontario Winter Games – the OCC will host six OPEN qualifiers. Teams may enter any ONE of the six qualifiers, entry fees payable to the OCC will apply.  One winner from each of the six qualifiers will progress to the Ontario Winter Games.

Composition of Teams:  Teams must consist of one male and one female player.  Each athlete must be a member of an affiliated Club and have paid dues to an OCC Member Association (Curl ON or NOCA).  Team members DO NOT have to be a member of the same club.

This is a provincial event only and will not progress any further.

Wheelchair

The top three teams from Curl ON 2016-2017 Wheelchair Provincials, and the top two teams from the NOCA 2016-2017 Wheelchair Provincials will receive invitations to the event and one Lottery team will round out the field.  All invitations will need to be accepted or denied by October 20, 2017.  A call for applications for the lottery position will occur by November 1, 2017.

Invitations for teams will stand providing 3 of 4 original players remain on the team.  Newly formed teams will have to apply for entry through the lottery system.  If any one of the five invited teams are no longer eligible or decline their invitation, that spot will become a lottery spot.

Composition of Teams:  Teams must consist of four players with a minimum of one female player.

Coaches will need to be Certified Competition Coach. Each athlete must be a member of an affiliated Club and have paid dues to an OCC Member Association (Curl ON or NOCA).  Team members DO NOT have to be a member of the same club.

Teams will need to remit participant fees (as determined by the Ministry, Tourism Culture and Sport and the Ontario Curling Council) to the Ontario Curling Council.


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Men`s and Women`s ONLY (age 17 and under as of June 30, 2018, born on or after July 1, 2000)

In an effort to create a more relevant qualification procedure, to provide more opportunities for teams to qualify for the Canada Winter Games and to find the “strongest” representative, Ontario`s Canada Winter Game Representatives will be declared through the following structure:

Canada Winter Games Pre-trials (Entry fee payable to the OCC)

  • Six open qualifiers to declare six teams who progress to the Canada Winter Games Trials

Canada Winter Games Trials

  • Six teams from the open qualifiers
  • 1st place team from previous year`s Ontario Winter Games
  • 2nd place team from previous year`s Ontario Winter Games

Winners of the Canada Winter Games Trials will represent Ontario at the Canada Winter Games.

Competition Calendars will be established in cooperation with our members Curl ON and NOCA, but it is anticipated that the Pre-trials and Trials will occur in the month of December 2018.

Composition of Teams:  Each athlete must be a member of an affiliated Club and have paid dues to an OCC Member Association (Curl ON or NOCA).  Team members DO NOT have to be a member of the same club.

Coaches will need to be Certified Competition Coach.  Coaches of teams who earn the right to represent Ontario at the Canada Winter Games will need to have Competition Coach Certification with Canada Winter Games Professional Development Module as minimum certification level or Competition Development.  The OCC will assist winning coaches in meeting coaching certification requirements.

Canada Winter Games will be held in Red Deer, Alberta February 15 – March 3, 2019.

 

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Download the announcement:  OWG CWG Qualification Announcement – 012017.


Exciting News: 

On January 9,  2017 it was announced that the 2023 Canada Winter Games will include Mixed Doubles Curling.  This is a significant achievement due to the increase quota of more athletes and coaches in an already large event.

In an effort to systemically develop this very important new Olympic discipline, Curling Canada applied to have Mixed Doubles included as a NEW discipline for the Canada Winter Games.

As described above – the OCC has done the same in Ontario for the Ontario Winter Games and grateful to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for adding this exciting discipline to the Ontario Winter Games.

What is not known is the age requirements for the 2023 Canada Winter Games Mixed Doubles participants.  When that is determined by Curling Canada, the Ontario Curling Council and its members determine Ontario’s age requirements and qualification processes.


 

Have questions about the program?  Contact Jennifer Ferris, Manager – Programs and Operations at jennifer@ontcurl.com or 289-527-0352.

 

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