Bally Haly Golf and Country Club in St. John’s will be the site of the 64th Canadian Police Curling Championship which opens Saturday.
It’s the fourth time the Newfoundland and Labrador Police Curling Association (NLPCA) has played host to the event, reportedly the third oldest curling event in Canada.
The police curling championship mirrors the Tim Horton’s Brier and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in that teams from across Canada compete in provincial championships to qualify for one of 12 spots at the national championship.
The championship encompasses peace officers Canada-wide, including — in the case of Team Newfoundland Labrador — police officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. In addition to police officers, those with Canada Border Services, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Corrections Canada take part in the playdowns.
The NLPCA is part of the Canadian Police Curling Association (CPCA), and is non-profit and aside from curling, the main goal is to raise funds for the association’s charity of choice,
Over the years the CPCA, along with the NLPCA, has raised over $400,000 for Tourette Canada.