Posted By Pete Lucarotti, Herald-Tribune Staff

The Peace Curling Association announced the development of the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Peace Curling Tour on Saturday.

The league is being introduced with the intention of helping promote and rejuvenate curling in the region.

“It’s all about development of curling for the 28 teams that the Peace Curling Association sends out each year to represent us at provincial championships,” said PCA co-chairman Colin Griffith.

The tour will consist of the three major super leagues in the area – Grande Prairie, Sexsmith and Dawson Creek/Fort St. John. Teams will accumulate points by competing in their respective leagues as well as the three major cashspiels that take place in Grande Prairie, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek over the winter.

The tour championship will take place in Sexsmith on Jan. 22-24.

“I am totally thrilled that this is happening up here in the Peace Country,” tour director Renne Sonnenberg said. “It’s kind of like bringing the World Curling Tour home.

“It fits the Peace Country. We don’t have enough men’s teams to have a men’s division. We don’t have enough women’s teams to have a women’s division. Now we can put them all together and they can choose the level of play that they wish to compete at and develop curling in the Peace Country and that’s what it’s all about.”

The tour will be divided into three divisions.

The Sun Life Competitive Division will be for teams that have represented the PCA in the past at provincial or national events.

The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Challenge Division will be for teams that have not yet competed at a provincial or national level, but are looking to play competitive curling.

Finally, the CanWest Group Benefits Junior Division will be for teams with members 20 and younger. Junior teams will be able to play in the other divisions if they feel they can compete at a higher level.

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