Nova Scotia

Halifax curlers hope to rock world men's championships

Local curlers are holding their breath in hopes that Halifax will be the home of the 2015 world men curling championships.

2015 event coming to Canada

Canada skip Brad Jacobs, centre, watches his shot during the gold medal draw at the World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, B.C. Sunday, April 7, 2013. (The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

Local curlers are holding their breath in hopes that Halifax will be the home of the 2015 world men’s curling championships

The international event is coming to Canada, but the host city has not yet been chosen.

A local bid committee is asking the city and the province to share the $300,000 bidding fees.  City council will vote on the request this week.

There's a lot of interest from western Canada, but Matthew Harris, the interim chair of the local bid committee, is optimistic about Halifax's chances.

"We do know that the [Canadian Curling Association] would like to come to Halifax with this event, so if we can get the government financing in place I think we stand a very good chance of being awarded the championship," he said.

Halifax hosted two national curling events in 2003 and 2010, but has yet to host the men’s world tournament.

It’s a nine-day competition with 12 teams from North America, Europe and Asia

Jeremiah Anderson, the executive director of the Nova Scotia Curling Association, said an international competition would have a huge impact on local curlers. 

"It most definitely puts Halifax on the map as a big player. A world championship would provide a great deal of economic spinoff to the community as well as exposure for the game," he said.

Bids have to be submitted to the Canadian Curling Association by the first of July.

A final decision will be made this fall.

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