The Australian Curling family is mourning the loss of Ian Palangio, a long-time National Athlete and Executive member for the Australian Curling Federation. Ian wore ‘lucky number’ 13 for the Rock Wallabies, the Men’s National team, and began representing Australia at the Pacific Curling Championships in 2001. Nicknamed “Ice Nut”, Ian logged a total of 153 Pacific-Asia Championship Curling games over 16 years, winning 2 Gold medals along the way. Ian went on to represent Australia at the World Men’s Curling Championships (WMCC) 4 times narrowly missing out on Olympic qualification in 2010. When writing a World Curling Championships bio he once stated the 2005 WMCC was his most memorable sporting achievement. Read more…
The World Curling Federation announced today the list of International Technical Officials for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and Australian, Sandy Gagnon (Vic), has been named as one of the Game Umpires – a first for Australia. Read more…
As you know, the current worldwide situation due to COVID-19, including Australian state and territory border restrictions, business closures and social distancing requirements, have impacted the Australian Curling Federation’s ability to adequately plan and host National Championships on dedicated curling ice this calendar year. As a result, the Australian Curling Federation (ACF) must provide an alternative to the Australian National Championships in order to appoint Australian representative teams to 2020/2021 World Curling Federation (WCF) sanctioned events. Read more…
The Australian Curling Federation’s (ACF) Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 19th May 2020 at 2000 hours AEST. Please see the attached document (click here) for information about documents pertaining to the AGM and nomination forms. All documents can be found “Policies and Documents” page under the Resources Heading at the top of the website.
National Junior Men’s Team player, Emil Cooper (Qld), is currently in Krasnoyarsk, Russia photographing the World Junior Curling Championship as part of the World Curling Federation’s Sports Media Trainee Programme. This is the seventh year of the programme and this season (2019-2020) six students from six different countries are attending three different events (1 student photographer and 1 student journalist per event) to gain first-hand experience working in a fast-paced media team at international curling events. They will be mentored by professionals in the field. Emil is studying Bachelor of Design (International) Major in Landscape Architecture in Brisbane. Catch up on Emil Cooper’s final media blog on his Sports Media Trainee opportunity here. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray
10 February 2020 – National Mixed Doubles Team Gill/Hewitt win Silver
National Mixed Doubles Team Gill/Hewitt have just finished the final competition on their Mixed Doubles World Curling Tour in Canada with a silver medal at the Sutherland Mixed Doubles Classic in Saskatoon, Canada. The team comprised of Tahli Gill (Qld) and Dean Hewitt (Vic) have been travelling through Canada for the past few weeks. This concludes the Canadian competitions in the lead up to the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Championships in Kelowna, British Columbia in April.
The Australian National Women’s Team are currently in Finland competing in the World Qualification Event being held for Women and Men’s teams seeking qualification to the World Curling Championships. The purpose of this competition is to qualify the last two women’s and two men’s teams for the subsequent 13-team World Curling Championships, later in the season. The event in Lohja, will qualify teams for the World Women’s Curling Championship 2020 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada (14-22 March) and the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland (28 March-5 April). Photo Credit Jyrki Paajanen
The Australian Men’s and Women’s teams competed in the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Shenzen, China. The event website is https://worldcurling.org/events/pacc2019
The Men’s team of Sean Hall, Dean Hewitt, Tanner Davis, Jay Merchant and Matthew Millikin finished in 6th place out of 10 teams with a 4 wins and 5 losses record, and failed to qualify for the World Championships.
The Women’s Team of Lauren Wagner, Jennifer Westhagen, Kristen Tsourlenes and Carlee Millikin finished in 6th place out of 8 teams with a record of 2 wins and 5 losses. Due to two Women’s teams declining to attend the World Qualifier Event in Finland for Jan 2020, the Australian Women’s team will be able to attend this next event with the goal of qualifying for the World Women’s Curling Championships in 2020.
The World Mixed Curling Championships occurred from October 12 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The event website is https://worldcurling.org/events/wmxcc2019
The Australian team of Hugh Millikin, Kim Forge, Steve Johns and Anne Powell finished in 26th place with a 3 wins and 4 losses record.
The National Mixed Doubles Team of Tahli Gill (Qld) and Dean Hewitt (Vic) won a Gold Medal at the World Curling Tour Mixed Doubles tournament in Vladivostok, Russia. They played Korea in the Gold Medal game and hung on for a tight 5-4 win.
Competing in the 2019 New Zealand Winter Games Team, Australia 1, made up of National Team winners Tahli Gill (Qld) and Dean Hewitt (Vic), took out the Silver medal in Naseby, New Zealand this week. The Maniototo Curling International rink in Naseby is the only dedicated curling rink in the southern hemisphere and is a favourite training facility and National competition rink for Australian teams. Countries participating in the 2019 NZWG were Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States. Final results can be found here.
14-19 August 2019 – Nationals for Men, Women and Senior Men – Naseby, New Zealand
A few disciplines for the Australian National Championships took place in Naseby, New Zealand. The champion teams are: Team Hall for Men, Team Wagner for Women, Team Millikin for Senior Men and Team Gagnon for Senior Women (who were unchallenged).
For the women, Lauren Wagner, Anne Powell, Kristen Tsourlenes and Carlee Millikin won the final in a high scoring game 11-7. On the Men’s side Sean Hall, Dean Hewitt, Tanner Davis, Jay Merchant won the final in a very close battle 8-7. In Seniors, Hugh Millikin, Steve Johns, James Boyd and Hamish Lorraine-Smith won the final with a score of 7-4.
6-9 June 2019 – Nationals for Mixed Doubles and Mixed – Naseby, New Zealand
Mixed Doubles: The team of Dean Hewitt and Tahli Gill won the Mixed Doubles tournament to qualify them for the April 2020 World Championships in Kelowna, Canada where Olympic points can be earned.
Mixed: The team of Hugh Millikin, Kim Forge, Steve Johns and Anne Powell won the Mixed Curling tournament to qualify them for the October 2019 World Mixed Curling Championships in Scotland.
The team of Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt finished the World Mixed Doubles Championships with a very strong performance in 4th place. This qualifies Australia directly to the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in 2020 where the top 16 countries from the previous year are granted a spot automatically. This is the highest finish of any Australian Mixed Doubles Team since the inception of Mixed Doubles in 2008. More information can be found here. Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik
Jan 2019 – World Junior B Curling Championships – Lohja, Finland
The WJBCC occurred in Lohja, Finland in early January. Australia sent two Junior teams. The Junior Men’s team consisted of Mitchell Thomas, Matt Millikin, Jordan Ensinger, Nicholas Hurford, Jonathan Imlah with coach Matt Panoussi and finished 20th out of 23 countries. In the Men’s event, China (Gold), Russia (Silver) and Germany (Bronze) all qualified for the World Junior Curling Championships later in the year at Aberdeen, Scotland – 3-10 March, 2018. On the Junior Women’s team, Tahli Gill, Samantha Jeffs, Ivy Militano, Kirby Gill, Jayna Gill and coach Lyn Gill finished 20th out of 22 countries with China (Gold), Turkey (Silver) and Norway (Bronze) all qualifying for the World Junior Curling Championships Scotland.
14 July 2018 – Tahli Gill Awarded Keith Wendorf Award at International Junior Camp
National Junior Women’s Team player, Tahli Gill (Qld), has been awarded the Keith Wendorf Award while attending the World Curling Federation Füssen Junior Camp in Germany. This award is voted on by all camp instructors and assistants. It is awarded to the camper who best displayed leadership & teamwork. The World Curling Federation hosts annual training camps for juniors and adults. Photo © WCF / Christian Leibbrandt