World Curling Federation

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World Curling Federation
Formation 1965 (as International Curling Federation)
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
Membership 50 member associations
Official language English
President Kate Caithness
Staff 10
Website worldcurling.org

The World Curling Federation (WCF) is the world governing body for curling accreditation, with offices in Perth, Scotland. It was formed out of the International Curling Federation (ICF), when the push for Olympic Winter Sport status was made. The name was changed in 1991.

The ICF was initially formed in 1965 as a committee of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in Perth after the success of the Scotch Cup series of world championships held between Canada and Scotland. At the outset, it comprised the associations of Scotland, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. In the wake of its formation, it sanctioned the World Curling Championships. The WCF currently sanctions fifteen international curling events (see below). The WCF is managed by an executive board of seven, each from a different country and elected by WCF member associations, and a permanent staff of ten employees. There are currently 50 member associations.[1]

Goals[edit]

The WCF mission statement reads: "The World Curling Federation represents curling internationally and facilitates the growth of the sport through a network of Member Associations/Federations."[2]

The purpose and aims of the WCF are as follows:[3]

  1. To represent curling internationally and to facilitate growth of the sport throughout the world
  2. To promote co-operation and mutual understanding amongst Member Associations and to unite curlers throughout the world
  3. To Defend and Further the interests of world curling
  4. To conduct world curling competitions
  5. To formulate rules of the sport of curling for world competitions and all other competitions approved by the WCF

Member Associations[edit]

Members of the World Curling Federation and its regional divisions. Green represents the Americas zone, Blue represents the Europe zone, and Purple represents the Pacific-Asia zone.

Following is a list of member associations of the World Curling Federation:[4]

Year Name Country President WCF Zone
1991 Andorra Curling Association Andorra Josep Duró Europe
2010 Armenia Curling Federation* Armenia Hayk Jaghatspanyan Europe
1986 Australian Curling Federation Australia Hugh Millikin Pacific-Asia
1982 Österreichischer Curling Verband Austria Marcus Schmitt Europe
1997 Belarusian Curling Association Belarus Dmitry Kirillov Europe
2005 Belgium Curling Association Belgium Peter Suter Europe
1998 Brazilian Ice Sports Federation Brazil Emilia de Souza Strapasson The Americas
1990 Bulgarian Curling Association Bulgaria Nikolay Runtov Europe
1966 Canadian Curling Association Canada Hugh Avery The Americas
2002 Chinese Curling Association People's Republic of China Ni Huizhong Pacific-Asia
2004 Croatian Curling Association Croatia Alberto Skendrović Europe
1990 Czech Curling Association Czech Republic David Šik Europe
1971 Danish Curling Association Denmark Susanne Slotsager Europe
1971 English Curling Association England Tommy Campbell Europe
2003 Estonian Curling Association Estonia Fred Randver Europe
1979 Finnish Curling Association Finland Olli Rissanen Europe
1966 French Curling Association France Didier Gailhauget Europe
2013 Georgian Curling Federation Georgia Nugzar Paikidze Europe
1967 Deutscher Curling-Verband Germany Dieter Kolb Europe
2003 Hellenic Curling Association Greece Andreas Papadimitrou Europe
1989 Hungarian Curling Federation Hungary András Rókusfalvy Europe
1991 Icelandic Sport Federation Iceland Líney Rut Halldórsdóttir Europe
2003 Irish Curling Association Ireland Peter J. D. Wilson Europe
2013 Israeli Curling Association Israel Alex Tripolski Europe
1972 Italian Curling Association Italy Giancarlo Bolognini Europe
1985 Japan Curling Association Japan Toyokazu Ogawa Pacific-Asia
2003 Kazakhstan Curling Association Kazakhstan Viktor G. Kim Pacific-Asia
2012 Kosovo Curling Federation Kosovo Besim Hasani Europe
2001 Latvian Curling Association Latvia Uldis Mucinieks Europe
1991 Liechtenstein Curling Association Liechtenstein Heinz Hasler Europe
2003 Lithuanian Curling Association Lithuania Vytautas Vidmantas Zimnickas Europe
1976 Luxembourg Curling Association Luxembourg Alex Benoy Europe
2012 Mongolian Curling Federation Mongolia Natsagdorj Nergui Pacific
1975 Netherlands Curling Association Netherlands Maurits van der Sluis Europe
1991 New Zealand Curling Association New Zealand Bruce Kissel Pacific-Asia
1966 Norwegian Curling Association Norway Morten Søgård Europe
2003 Polish Curling Association Poland Marek Jóźwik Europe
2010 Romanian Curling Federation Romania Allen Coliban Europe
1992 Russian Curling Federation Russia Dimitry Svischev Europe
1966 Royal Caledonian Curling Club Scotland Alan Durno Europe
2005 National Curling Association of Serbia Serbia Marko Stojanović Europe
2003 Slovak Curling Association Slovakia Juraj Kapolka Europe
2010 Slovenian Curling Association Slovenia David Stonič Europe
1999 Spanish Ice Sports Federation Spain Maria Teresa Samaranch Europe
1994 Korean Curling Association Korea Kim Jae-won Pacific-Asia
1966 Swedish Curling Association Sweden Björn Rudström Europe
1966 Swiss Curling Association Switzerland Louis Moser Europe
2009 Turkish Curling Association Turkey Fahrettin Kandemir Europe
1998 Chinese Taipei Curling Federation Chinese Taipei Rich K. H. Lee Pacific-Asia
2013 Ukrainian Curling Federation United Kingdom Dmitry Rotar Europe
1966 United States Curling Association United States James Pleasants The Americas
1991 US Virgin Islands Curling Association United States Virgin Islands John Foster The Americas
1982 Welsh Curling Association Wales Adrian Meikle Europe

*The Armenia Curling Federation was suspended for failure to pay subscriptions.[5]

Conditional Member Associations[edit]

Year Name Country President WCF Zone
2014[6] Hong Kong Curling Association Hong Kong John Li Pacific-Asia
2014[6] Qatar Curling Federation Qatar Rashed Al-Sulaiti Pacific-Asia

Executive board[edit]

The current executive board as of September 2014 is as follows:[7]

President: Kate Caithness (Scotland)
Vice Presidents:

Americas: Graham Prouse (Canada)
Pacific-Asia: Hugh Millikin (Australia)
Europe: Bent Ånund Ramsfjell (Norway)

Board of Directors:

Andy Anderson (United States)
Hew Chalmers (Scotland)
Laura Lochanski (Canada)
Toyo Ogawa (Japan)

Former presidents[edit]

Former presidents of the WCF and ICF are listed below:[8]

President Member association Years in office
Presidents of the ICF
Major Allan Cameron Scotland 1966–1969
Brigadier Colin A. Campbell Canada 1969–1979
Sven A. Eklund Sweden 1979–1982
G. Clifton Thompson Canada 1982–1985
Philip Dawson Scotland 1985–1988
Dr. Donald F. Barcome United States 1988–1990
Presidents of the WCF
Günther Hummelt Austria 1990–2000
Roy Sinclair Scotland 2000–2006
Les Harrison Canada 2006–2010

Competitions and Championships[edit]

The WCF currently manages or is involved in 15 events around the world. Following is a list of those events:[9]

Event Description
International Events
World Women's Curling Championship (WWCC) For twelve women’s teams from the Americas, European and Pacific Zones.
World Men's Curling Championship (WMCC) For twelve men’s teams from the Americas, European and Pacific Zones.
World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC) For ten junior men’s and ten junior women’s teams from the Americas, European and Pacific Zones.
World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC) Open Entry: one team may enter from each Member Association. One male and one female player on each team.
World Senior Curling Championships (WSCC) Open Entry: one team from each gender may enter from each Member Association. The players must not be less than 50 years of age.
World Wheelchair Curling Championship (WWhCC) The world championships for wheelchair curling; for ten mixed gender teams.
World Wheelchair Curling Championship Qualification Open to mixed gender wheelchair curling teams from associations that have not already qualified for the next WWhCC.
Winter Olympic Games Ten men’s and ten women's teams in format similar to WCC; an IOC event.
Winter Paralympic Games Ten mixed gender wheelchair curling teams in format similar to WWhCC; an IPC event.
Continental Cup of Curling Team North America (United States and Canada) vs. Team World. Twelve teams in total: three men’s and three women’s teams each for both teams. Features team games, mixed doubles games, singles shot-making round, mixed skins and skins games.
Regional Events
Pacific Curling Championships (PCC) For men’s and women’s teams from the Pacific zone; acts as qualification to the World Curling Championships (WCC).
Pacific Junior Curling Championships (PJCC) For junior men’s and women’s teams from the Pacific Zone; acts as qualification to the WJCC.
European Curling Championships (ECC) For men’s and women’s teams from the European Zone; acts as qualification to the WCC.
European Junior Curling Challenge (EJCC) For junior men's and women's teams from the European zone that have not already qualified for WJCC.
Americas Challenge For qualification to the WCC and WJCC, only if the second-ranked member association from the Americas zone is challenged. (ex. 2010 USA-Brazil Challenge)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldcurling.org/history-of-curling
  2. ^ http://www.worldcurling.org/about-the-wcf
  3. ^ http://www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations
  4. ^ World Curling Federation Members
  5. ^ "World Curling Federation Annual General Assembly April 2012". World Curling Federation. 6 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Hong Kong and Qatar confirmed as conditional Members of WCF". World Curling Federation. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "WCF Annual General Assembly 2014 - 7 September". World Curling Federation. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  8. ^ World Curling Federation. "Past Presidents of the WCF". 
  9. ^ World Curling Federation. "Championships Overview". 

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