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Curling receives development boost ahead of PyeongChang 2018

13 Oct 2017
Perth, Scotland, October 13, 2017: The Foundation for Global Sports Development has given the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Celebration Tour a boost ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, due to be held in PyeongChang, Korea, from February 9-25, 2018. For the 2017-2018 season the Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) will invest $USD 50,000 in the programme.

The two organisations have worked together to deliver this initiative – which sees Olympic medallists travel to developing Member Associations and curling clubs to help generate interest in the sport – since 2013.

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said: “The Olympic Celebration Tour has inspired Member Associations from Estonia, Japan and Mexico, United States, amongst others, to introduce our sport to new people across the globe.

“The simple concept of taking curling Olympic medallists to developing Associations and clubs has proved successful for the past five years and I am certain it will continue to be, particularly in this very special year for our sport.

“Curling will be showcased every day of the Games, with four medals up for grabs [mixed doubles, men’s, women’s and wheelchair], and this support will help us capitalise on the interest that exposure will generate.”

Interested Member Associations and curling clubs are encouraged to contact the World Curling Federation to find out more about the Olympic Celebration Tour and/or to apply to host a stop – info@worldcurling.org

*Working closely with international sports federations, generous donors and committed athletes, The Foundation for Global Sports Development promotes sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics among the world's youth.
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