Curling has come again to Canary Wharf during Ice Rink Canary Wharfâ€™s fortnight of Corporate Challenges.
Following on from the success of last yearâ€™s Curling Challenge, the stones are back at Ice Rink Canary Wharf for a week-long tournament, from 5-9 February. 32 teams of four will battle it out through the week, but only the top six teams will go through to the Friday finals. The competition is open to all abilities.
Today members of the English Curling team were on hand to give competitors some tips in advance of the main event beginning tomorrow.
Quote, from Tommy Campbell (President of the English Curling Association):Â â€śCurling is one of the fastest growing winter sports with more and more countries participating, even those in the Middle East such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The forthcoming Olympic Games will provide a showcase for the traditional 4-person game as well as the absorbing new discipline of Mixed Doubles which is making its first appearance at that level.
â€śIn England we are excited about the prospect of a new curling rink opening in Lancashire in a few months to join the existing one in Kent and hope that exposure to the sport via the Olympics will encourage others to look at investing in new facilities for the sport.
â€śThe event at Canary Wharf gives us a chance to let people get a feel for what the game is all about and we hope that some will decide to pursue their interest further, either at the Kent rink or by approaching their local ice rink and asking them to give curling some ice time.â€ť
On top of the prestige of winning the Championship trophy, the winners will receive a generous bar tab to be used at The Grandstand Secret Garden. There will be great prizes for the runners up too.
Prizes:Â Curling â€“ bar tab prize values: first place, ÂŁ250; second place, ÂŁ125; third place ÂŁ75.
Report courtesy of English Curling