MEDIA RELEASE - AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR TEAMS AT 2013 PAJCC

MEDIA RELEASE

AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR TEAMS TO PARTICIPATE IN

PACIFIC-ASIA JUNIOR CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JAPAN

TEAM PREPARATIONS

INTRODUCTION

1. The Australian Curling Federation is pleased to announce that the Australian Junior Men’s’ and Women’s’ Curling Teams will represent the country at the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships to be held in Japan in January 2013.

2. The Australian Teams feature participants from South-East Queensland and Victoria ranging in age from 15 to 21. Each team numbers five players and represent the best in Australian Junior Curling.

3. Both teams are in the final stages of preparations for the competition. Chef de Mission, Debbie Hamsey has been working hard to ensure that all participants are properly registered, travel plans have been made and uniforms and equipment is ready.

4. Curling is not a well-known sport in Australia so each player must fund their own way to Japan and pay all their own expenses to represent our country. It will cost each player approximately $5000 and considering the fact that the Australian contingent will consist of 19 athletes, coaches and supporters, the investment in the two teams is rather large and very personal. The World Curling Federation from Perth, Scotland does assist with airfares for the players as a way of promoting junior curling around the World, but it is only a drop in the bucket.

5. Fortunately, the uniforms and equipment are not cumbersome. The uniforms are basic and the equipment consists of shoes and brooms. The specialised Curling Shoes allow the players to walk safely on ice and slide when delivering the 20 kg granite stones or rocks and the Curling Brooms that the players use to sweep the ice in front of the rocks to “curl” them on to the target.

6. Also fortunately, the Japanese Curling Federation will supply the rocks for the competition. Imagine, 8 rocks per team at 20 kg each! That would quickly blow any airline’s baggage allowance.

7. The players will be profiled in greater detail in media releases to come, but a few quick facts are presented now. Of the ten players, we have the first brother and sister combination and the first brother and brother combination within the teams. Of the ten players, seven currently reside in South-East Queensland, one is away at university in the USA, one resides in Victoria and one is serving in the ADF.

8. Final preparations will continue through next week. All players are eager to get to Japan and take their next shot at making World Championship competition.

CHAMPIONSHIP DETAILS

4. Location: Tokoro, Kitami City, Hokkaido, Japan
5. Dates: 10 – 16 Jan 2013
6. Participating Countries: Australia, New Zealand, China (PRC), Japan, South Korea, and (for the first time) Kazakhstan.
7. Championship Goal: The top two Men’s’ and Women’s’ teams will represent the Pacific-Asia region at the Junior World Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia 28 Feb – 10 Mar 2013.

MEDIA SUPPORT

8. The Australian Curling Federation Media Representative to the PAJCC is Mr Russell Hamsey. Mr Hamsey will accompany the teams to Japan and report on the progress of the teams during the championships. Photos and text reporting will be provided throughout the tournament by e-mail.

MEDIA Contact

11. Russell Hamsey may be contacted via telephone 61 0404 022 298 or by e-mail at russhamsey@hotmail.com.

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