The Martensville Curling Club (MCC) is always looking for new ways to grow and gain exposure both in and outside of the community. This is what led to a new and exciting announcement that was recently made. On July 29, the MCC shared via social media that they would be hosting the first ever Aly Jenkins Mixed Doubles Memorial from September 15-19.
This event will be the first of its kind for Martensville, and the MCC couldn’t be more excited to bring this exciting opportunity to the community. The purpose of the event is to not only promote the local curling club, but also to help promote the sport of mixed doubles curling within the province.
The Aly Jenkins Mixed Doubles Memorial will consist of a 36-team, round-robin format with 12 qualifiers.
“We have some Saskatchewan mixed doubles teams that are up and coming, and we want to help profile them. In addition to that, an event like this can help get the Martensville Curling Club on the map,” MCC representative Cara Zukewich explained.
A partnership between Curling Canada, Curling Zone and title sponsor First Nations Capital & Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan is what makes this event possible. Additionally, SaskTel will be contributing by helping support the installation of cameras within the facility so all games can be live streamed. The MCC is also looking for additional sponsorship to help increase the prize money, which currently sits at approximately $30,000. Not only is the prize money an incentive for teams, but Curling Canada has also provided a spot within the Olympic trials for the winning team of this event.
“This is an event that we are super excited about. It will feature some high-profile mixed doubles teams from across Canada and is not only a big deal for our Curling Club, but also for the City of Martensville as it will bring people to the community,” Zukewich explained.
Martensville doesn’t currently have a mixed doubles league, so the hope is that the Aly Jenkins Mixed Doubles Memorial can help encourage interest and potentially get a league up and running.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. “We are hoping that people will come out, support this event, watch their favorite curlers and help us promote the sport of mixed doubles in our province. This is something that can help put our club on the national stage and we would like to see this event become an annual one,” Zukewich added.
More information about this event can be found on the ‘Aly Jenkins Mixed Doubles Memorial’ page on Facebook, or by emailing email@example.com. More details, such as names of participating teams, will be announced as the event nears.