November 14, 2007 14:00 ET

CUETS Schmirler Charity Curling Classic Draws Top Teams, Offers New Format

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2007) - With the best athletes in Canadian women's curling, a new format and special events planned throughout the spiel, the CUETS Schmirler Charity Curling Classic promises to be a top draw as teams from across the province and country compete at the Caledonian Curling Club from November 23 to 26.

"CUETS Financial has introduced several innovations to keep this bonspiel an exciting and dynamic event enjoyed both by curlers and spectators," said Kenda Richards, co-chair of the organizing committee. The theme of innovation continues this year with the transformation of the draw to a round robin format with 24 teams playing eight-end games, a change from the triple knockout format of past spiels. "This significant modification represents some of the changes that are sweeping the curling world," said Richards.

This year's field promises exciting competition with teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the United States in attendance, among them Olympic, world and provincial champions.

CUETS Financial is thrilled to once again be the title sponsor. "This event is among the finest in women's spiels today, and we wanted to ensure its tradition of exceptional hospitality and competition can continue well into the future," said Bob Lane, vice-president of human resources and corporate support at CUETS Financial.

The company is also pleased to contribute extra funds to the Dr. Sandra Schmirler Scholarship at the University of Regina. In addition to a $2,000 donation, CUETS Financial will match every dollar raised for the scholarship during the event. "CUETS Financial is proud to be associated with the legacy of such a talented, dedicated and respected individual," Lane said.

CUETS Financial and the committee will carry on events that were introduced in 2006 including a meet and greet social during the evening of Friday, November 23, which will bring together the Classic's competitors with curling fans. On Sunday, November 25, six young curlers who participated in the Sweep with a Champion Skip contest will take to the ice with two of the Classic's skips to play a two-end game. During the game, the children will have the chance to meet two of the sport's role models, receive pointers on their form and delivery and learn about sportsmanship.

Competition in the 24-team round robin draw begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 23. The first place team from each pool will advance to the eight-team championship straight knockout draw. The next four qualifiers with the best records will also advance. The final draw takes place Monday, November 26 at 4 p.m.

Event passes are $20, daily passes are $8 and the evening draws are $5. There is no charge for children 12 and under. Passes and tickets are available at the Callie Club and are on sale now.

Contact Information

  • CUETS Financial
    Erin Harde
    Corporate Communications Officer
    (306) 566-1559
    Schmirler Committee
    Kenda Richards
    (306) 779-0007