28 July - 31 July 2022
|Peter Becker at the Maniototo Curling International rink, Naseby © NZ Curling|
27 Jun 2022 – The World Curling Federation has announced that Central Otago's Peter Becker is one of five new inductees into the World Curling Hall of Fame.
He becomes the first New Zealander to receive World Curling's highest honour.
He joins as a "builder" of the sport, along with four players –- the remaining three members of Canada’s Team Schmirler, first-ever women’s Olympic champions as well as multiple world champions, and another Canadian Ian Tetley, a three-time world champion.
World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said, "I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our World Curling Hall of Fame 2022 inductees. Their contribution to our sport both on the ice and behind the scenes to develop curling cannot be underestimated."
|Brett Sargon and Holly Thompson, winners of the Wendy Becker Trophy for Sportsmanship. Photo © NZ Curling / Liz Matthews|
21 Jun 2022 – Team Sean Becker and Team Jessica Smith are the New Zealand Men's and Women's Curling Champions for 2022 following the national championships at MCI Naseby last weekend.
Smith's win was remarkable as they lost the experienced Bridget Becker from their squad to illness after the opening game. So Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson and Natalie Thurlow played their remainder of the tournament three-handed, winning every game along the way.
Five Women's teams and eight Men's – the biggest field in 12 years – started their event on Thursday afternoon. Each Championship played a full round robin, with the top four from each gender then qualifying for playoffs.
20 Jun 2022 – This year's NZ Curling Training Camp will run in the first week of the next school holidays, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th July, at the MCI rink in Naseby.
This training camp is open to beginning and intermediate Curlers who want to learn more about the game. We have experienced facilitators who have a wealth of knowledge. Over the two days, participants will learn about delivery, sweeping, strategy, nutrition, and much more. Experienced curlers are welcome to come along and help the facilitators; this will help you develop your game and refine your skills.
There is no cost to participants. Registrations are due by Wednesday, 6th July.
|NZ Curling President Liz Matthews with champions Brett Sargon, Holly Thompson, Shay Bijoux and Kieran Ford. Photo © NZ Curling / Lorne DePape.|
9 Jun 2022 – Brett Sargon, Holly Thompson, Kieran Ford and Shay Bijoux won the 2022 NZ Mixed Championship in style over Queen's Birthday Weekend, winning all of their five games handsomely.
The record ten teams started their pool games on Sunday afternoon, with the draw worked around the limited ice time available to the Auckland Curling Club organisers.
It was the third-round contest between the two top-ranked sides in Pool A, Team Sargon and Team Benjamin Frew. that ultimately decided which of them would contest the final.
|Sportsmanship Award winners, Darcy Nevill and Eirin Mesloe. Photo © WCF / Cheyenne Boone.|
25 May 2022 – The New Zealand Juniors Men's team didn't bring home any medals with them from the recent World Junior Championships in Sweden, and in fact finished at the foot of the table.
However, NZ's Darcy Nevill did receive the recognition of his fellow competitors who voted him and Norway women’s skip, Eirin Mesloe, as best exemplifying the spirit of curling throughout the tournament.
They were presented with the event's Sportsmanship Awards by Chief Umpire Joaquim Reimertz at the closing ceremony.
|New Zealand v Estonia. Photo © WCF / Celine Stucki|
30 Apr 2022 – The World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors Championships in Geneva this week were not a happy hunting ground for the two Kiwi teams.
Dave Watt's NZ Senior Men won two of their six games, with the highlight being an extra-end 6-5 victory over pool runners-up Scotland.
But there was no success for the Mixed Doubles side of Natalie Thurlow and Warren Dobson, who finished at the bottom of their 10-team pool.
"We just weren't accurate enough, consistently enough," said Dobson. "We felt we were improving as the week went on, but our last few games were against the top finishers in our pool so the scorelines didn't look any better."
|Team NZ at YOG 2020. Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik|
1 Apr 2022 – In January 2020 New Zealand competed in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland. Our curling team placed 4th in the World in the Mixed tournament, an exceptional result.
Are you interested in representing New Zealand at the next Youth Olympics? The NZ Curling Association is seeking expressions of interest from youth who would like to curl for New Zealand at the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics in Gangwon, South Korea.
Competitors must be born in the years 2006 to 2009 (i.e., turning 15, 16, 17, or 18 in 2024).
|Team New Zealand at the 2019 Pacific Asia Championship. Photo © WCF / Tom Rowland|
To all Competitive Curlers and administrators
NZ Curling is looking for self-nominations for
The NZCA Executive encourages athletes to self-nominate to be considered for selection for several international events through the 2022-2023 Curling Season. Secondary School Teachers, please pass on this information to any students interested. The Junior (U21) self-nomination may be of particular interest to some. Covid19 has generated much uncertainty around our domestic and international seasons during 2021. However, with restrictions lifting, we can now support NZ representative ;teams to travel overseas.
Click here to self-nominate. The deadline for self-nomination is Friday 15th April.
Specifically, the events where teams will be selected are
3 Feb 2022 – The Beijing Winter Olympics are under way!
Sadly no NZ curlers qualified for Beijing, but we'll still have literally hundreds of hours of top-class curling to feast our eyes on for the next 17 days.
The Mixed Doubles competition is on now, with the finals on February 8th. The Men's and Women's fours then get underway and run through until the last day of the Games on February 20th.
Where can I try curling?
There are three dedicated curling rinks in New Zealand – in Dunedin, Naseby, and Alexandra. Auckland Curling has hired Paradice Avondale for "Have a Go" sessions on 26 February and 5, 13, 20 March (bookings essential). All venues require My Vaccine Pass.