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Proclamation of first Curling Week highlights Manitoba’s pride, success in ‘roaring game’: Ewasko
The Manitoba Progressive Conservative Caucus is joining in celebration with curlers across the province as the first Manitoba Curling Week, Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, has been proclaimed by Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage.
The proclamation is the result of last year’s passage of a private member’s resolution by Wayne Ewasko, MLA for Lac du Bonnet and PC Caucus chair, to have the province declare an annual Manitoba Curling Week every third week of January.
“Manitoba has a long and proud history with curling, a sport in which our province has won more men’s and women’s national titles combined than anywhere else in Canada,” said Ewasko, a competitive curler and coach of high school curling teams. “By marking Manitoba Curling Week every year, we are demonstrating what the ‘roaring game’ means to Manitobans.”
Minister Cox’s proclamation comes as Manitoba continues its progress toward development of an International Curling Centre of Excellence, which would promote the sport, train players and coaches and play a major role in the hosting of international competitions. An advisory committee, which has been established by the Progressive Conservative government, will recommend key steps for the creation of the Centre of Excellence in Winnipeg.
“The sport of curling is part of the cultural fabric of our province, seen in the vast number of players at nearly 100 clubs across Manitoba,” said Minister Cox. “It’s important to celebrate what the game means to Manitoba, and to encourage grassroots participation in this inclusive and social pastime for people of all ages and abilities.”
In addition to Ewasko, the Manitoba PC Caucus has accomplished curlers in Premier Brian Pallister and Justice Minister Cliff Cullen. Pallister won the Manitoba mixed championship as a skip, and Cullen won the Manitoba firefighters championship.