Canada is the only team capable of stopping China from winning two curling gold medals at the New Zealand Winter Games. The men's team from Calgary is not the Canadian national team, but it has been invited by the organisers to compete at the Games.

Read the full Otago Daily Times article here.

The Czech Republic curling team would not be competing at the New Zealand Winter Games if their country had still been a communist state.

Curling became a serious sport in the country only after the collapse of the Iron Curtain in Europe and was first played in the Czech Republic in 1990.

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The Chinese women's curling team has done the hard yards and is now challenging Canada for world supremacy in the sport. The team of Yan Zhou, Qingshuang Yue, Yin Liu and skip Bingyu Wang won the world title in Korea in March.

The same team is favoured to win the gold medal at the inaugural New Zealand Winter Games at Naseby next week.

Read the full Otago Daily Times article here.

The draw for the curling competition at the first 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games has been published and is now available on-line. The tournament will run at Naseby's Maniototo Curling International rink from Sunday 23rd August through to Saturday 29th.

Eight countries are represented in the Men's competition and they will play a full round robin from Sunday through to Thursday, with the five Women's teams playing a double round robin during the same period.

Lorne DePape, Grunthal, Manitoba born New Zealand Olympian, has been a part of nearly 20 years of development of the sport of curling in New Zealand. As a competitor he has represented NZ at Pacific and World Championships and in the Torino Olympics. As a builder of the sport, he has been recognized for his contributions by NZ curlers with such honours as being made the first Honourary Life Member of the Auckland Curling Club. 

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