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.
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 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 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