Kelowna to host 2025 Montana’s Brier

Curling (Earl Andrew, Wikimedia Commons)

Kelowna is set to host the 2025 Montana’s Brier. This will be the second time Kelowna will have hosted the Canadian National Men’s Curling Championship. The interior British Columbia city previously won in 1968, and was won by Ron Northcott of Innisfail, Alberta. Northcott died earlier this year on May 15 at the age of 87.

Kelowna previously hosted the 1986 Women’s World Curling Championships. That year Marilyn Darte (later known as Marilyn Bodogh of Toronto, Ontario) won the gold medal. In the final, Canada beat Andrea Schopp of West Germany 12-5 in the final. It was one of two Women’s World Curling Championship titles won by Bodogh. Exactly one decade later, she won the 1996 Women’s World Curling Championships in Hamilton, Ontario.

Then in 1998, Kelowna hosted the World Mixed Curling Championship. Mike Anderson of Markham, Ontario skipped Canada to the gold medal. In the final, Canada won by a score of 6-2 over Spain.

Kelowna was supposed to host the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships. The tournament was cancelled because of coronavirus.

The 2023 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship will be in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The 2024 Montana’s Brier will be in Regina Saskatchewan. The 2024 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be in Calgary, Alberta. The 2024 World Women’s Curling Championship will be in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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