19 November 2021 – International Men’s Day
In celebration of International Men’s Day the Australian Curling Federation takes a moment to highlight the trailblazers in Australian Curling history. Over six days, we will celebrate some of the contributions of Australian men in Curling. There are many individuals who have influenced and shaped Australian Curling since its inception.
This year we highlight the following: Jim Oastler as the First ACF President, First Men’s Curling team (1990), First Senior Men’s Curling team (2003), Dave Thomas and Matt Panoussi who collaboratively created the first Member Protection Policy enabling the ACF to successfully apply for National Sports Recognition, and the First Men’s team to compete in the Olympic Winter Games (1992). Each team and individual are remarkable. Read more…
30-31 October 2021 – Australian Mixed Doubles Team Win WFG Okotoks Mixed Doubles Classic
Released 1 November 2021 – The Australian Mixed Doubles Team of Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt are currently in Alberta, Canada training. This weekend they went undefeated at the WFG Okotoks Mixed Doubles Classic after playing the Canadian Team of Laura Walker and Kurt Muyres in the finals.
The event hosted 16 teams in four pools of 4 teams. Team Gill/Hewitt placed at the top of Pool D with the following results:
|Game 1||Gill/Hewitt 8-5 Broderson/Stewart|
|Game 2||Gill/Hewitt 9-0 Wytrychowski/Dumont|
|Game 3||Gill/Hewitt 9-3 Johnson/Fenrich|
|QF||Gill/Hewitt 7-6 Skrlik/Hamilton|
|SF||Gill/Hewitt 10-0 Brunton/Lyon-Hatcher|
|Finals||Gill/Hewitt 8-3 Walker/Muyres|
14 October 2021 – Australian Mixed Doubles Team Takeover Australian Olympic Team Account
Released 14 October 2021 – The Australian Olympic Team’s Instagram account was taken over today by Team Gill/Hewitt while they train in Alberta, Canada.
For those on Facebook you can check out the post by clicking here. This is what it said:
Australia’s top Mixed Doubles Curling Team are working hard in Alberta, Canada, to qualify a spot at next year’s #Beijing2022 Winter Olympics. Tahli and Dean are taking over our Facebook and Instagram story on Thursday to give you an insight into their sport and answer all your curling questions – submit your questions via our Instagram stories!#ChasingWinterOlympic Winter Institute of Australia
17 – 23 May 2021 – World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship Results – Aberdeen, Scotland
Released 24 May 2021 – At the end of the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland, Team Australia placed 7th in Group A during the round robin games retaining a place in the 2022 WMDCC and 13th overall in the event. This is a fantastic outcome for Australia as future Mixed Doubles events, will see the field split into a qualification event for the Worlds and World event. Going forward, the bottom 2 ranked teams from the 2022 WMDCC event will move into the World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event (WMDQE) and the top two teams from the WMDQE will move into the WMDCC event. More information can be found about Team Australia retaining a place at the WMDCC here.
Currently Australia is ranked 14th in the World. World Curling rankings are listed here, select the Mixed Doubles button at the top.
Team Australia (Tahli Gill/Dean Hewitt) Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki
19 May 2021 – World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship – Aberdeen, Scotland
Released 19 May 2021 – After the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship was cancelled last year due to the Pandemic, athletes were thrilled to be getting back on the ice to compete in the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC). Strict Covid-19 protocols were in place to ensure athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers were kept safe and healthy for the duration of the event.
Today was a strong performance by the Australian Mixed Doubles Team of Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt when they got their first win on the board at the 2021 WMDCC. The Group A match up, with Team Australia playing Team Canada, ended with a final score of 8-5 and Team Australia securing the win. More information can be found on the World Curling Federation News page here.
A Curling Canada article written about the game said: If there was an MVP named for this game, look no further than Australia’s Gill. Her 89 per cent shooting average is outstanding for a mixed doubles game and can cause any opponent trouble when she’s placing the first and last rocks of an end with that kind of efficiency. A link to the Curling Canada article Tough Loss to Aussies is here.
12 May 2021 – National Curling Season Update
Released 12 May 2021 – The Australian Curling Federation (ACF) recently issued an expression of interest to seek input from all Australian Curlers as to their intention to compete should a National Championship be held for the Men’s and Women’s disciplines.
As part of the extensive consultation process, input from the Athlete Commission and all the athlete submissions, comments and questions were considered. During the expression of interest timeframe, stakeholders were further consulted. Many individuals need to be acknowledged for their contributions. Read more…
1 May 2021 – Expressions of Interest Sought for Men’s and Women’s Nationals
Released 1 May 2021 – As Australia has not qualified for the Olympic Qualification Event in either of the Men’s or Women’s disciplines, Australia is eligible to send a Men’s and Women’s team to the Northern Hemisphere autumn 2021 Open Men’s/Women’s World Curling Federation (WCF) Pre-Olympic Qualifier event. To determine what team will be given first preference to compete at this event, the ACF Executive, in consultation with the Athlete Commission, will refer to Eligibility Document V2.0. As part of that process, the ACF is considering the feasibility of holding a National Men’s and Women’s competition now that the Australian/NZ bubble presents opportunities for un-restricted travel to a location with prepared curling ice. Read more…
9 April 2021 – 2020 Annual General Meeting Announcement
Released 9 April 2021 – The Australian Curling Federation’s (ACF) Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 2000 hours AEST. Please see below for a description of the documents pertaining to the AGM and nomination forms which can be found on the website link here. Read more…
8 March 2021 – International Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day the Australian Curling Federation takes a moment to highlight the trailblazers in Australian Curling history. Over the years there have been many contributors in Australian Curling with each Curling team or individual Curler inspiring future female Curlers.
This year we highlight the following: first Women’s Curling team (1991), First Australian Curler to be named as one of the game umpires for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, first Senior Women’s team (2013), first and highest qualified Coach, first female President of the Australian Curling Federation. Each team and individual are remarkable. Read more…
9 January 2021 – Carlee Millikin Successful with Scholarship
Congratulations to Carlee Millikin who was successful in her scholarship application for the Postgraduate Certificate, “International Sports Management“, developed and delivered in conjunction with the University of London. Carlee received news from the World Curling Federation that she was the recipient of a half scholarship and starts this month. As a current member of the Women’s National team it is fantastic to see athletes furthering their interests. We wish her success in this exciting new challenge!
This opportunity was offered by the World Curling Federation — in partnership with the World Academy of Sport — to provide Member Associations with greater opportunities to learn new skills to help them improve their professional careers and the curling community around them.
29 November 2020 – Ian Palangio (1972 – 2020)
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…
11 June 2020 – Australian Umpire, Sandy Gagnon, To Umpire at Olympic Winter Games 2022
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…
7 May 2020 – All Australian Curling National Championships Cancelled for 2020 Season
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…
31 March 2020 – Announcement of 2019 AGM to be held 19th May 2020
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 AGM documents can be found under the Resources Heading at the top of the website, then select “Policies and Documents” and then “Annual General Meeting“.
18 February 2020 – Emil Cooper in Russia on Sports Media Trainee Opportunity at World Junior Curling Championships, Russia
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.
13-18 January 2020 – Australian Women’s Team Compete in World Qualification Event
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
2-9 November 2019 – Pacific-Asia Curling Championships
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.
12-19 October 2019 – World Mixed Curling Championships – Aberdeen, Scotland
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.
3-5 September 2019 – Gold Medal to Team Australia at WCT Pacific Ocean Cup 2019
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.
27-30 August 2019 – Mixed Doubles Silver Medal to Team Australia New Zealand Winter Games
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.
April 2019 – 4th Place Finish for Australia at World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships
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