Next Generation Program

The Ontario Curling Council (OCC) and its membership, CurlON and the Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) are committed to the growth and development of competitive athletes with the intent of putting Ontario and Northern Ontario athletes on national and international podiums for years to come.

The OCC is also working closely with Curling Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) to identify athletes who are specifically tracking towards potential Olympic podium performances in the next 2-3 quadrennials, Curling Canada has a clear plan for 2026 targeted athletes and are awaiting a funding decision from Own the Podium.  The OCC will work in concert with Curling Canada to develop athletes and feed Curling Canada’s National Next Gen Program.

Already recognized as a National Best Practice, the OCC is continually reflecting on programming to ensure a best in class system.  Feedback is considered from:

  • Curling Canada’s High Performance Plan
  • Survey results obtained from this year’s Next Gen Participants
  • General survey results obtained during Strategic Planning Intitiatives
  • Feedback from our membership (CurlON and NOCA)
  • Performance/Engagement of teams within the program
  • Feedback and input from our funding partners (Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, Curling Canada, Membership).

 The Ontario Curling Council High Performance Team is responsible for developing team selection criteria.  When developed, the OCC (Board of Directors) approves the criteria.  The Operations team then applies the criteria for team selection.

*Members of the High Performance Team:

  • Jennifer Ferris, Manager – Programs and Operations, Ontario Curling Council (Ex-officio)
  • Heather Houston, Ontario Curling Council – Board Representative (Ex-officio)
  • Andrea Ronnebeck, Ontario Curling Council, Education Manager – North – Staff representative
  • Sean Turriff, Education Manager – South – Staff representative 
  • Ryan Lafraniere (Sudbury, ON)
  • Jim Waite (St. Thomas, ON)
  • Murray Etherington (Niagara Falls, ON)
2019-2020 High Performance Program

The HP team is working on updating this year’s criteria.  The scope of the program is uncertain at this time (Mid May) as annual funding investments from the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, Canadian Sport Institute and Curling Canada is not yet known.  A date for program release is not known.  We are hopeful that teams will be selected by late June.

Save the Date

Teams planning to apply to the program should save one of the following dates for training camps (not mandatory but highly recommended):

  1.  August 23-25, 2019 – K-W Granite, Waterloo, ON
  2. September 27-29,2019 – Tam Heather – Toronto, ON