(CCA) - Fredericton, New Brunswick was named host of the 2013 World Senior Men's and Women's Curling Championships and World Mixed Doubles on Monday.
All three world championships will take place at the new Grant-Harvey Centre, April 13-20, 2013. Approximately 30 teams are expected to compete for global honours in Mixed Doubles while almost 40 teams will seek to capture Senior Men's and Senior Women's world titles.
"We are delighted to be returning to New Brunswick for two events which will run side by side in 2013 – the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and the World Senior Curling Championships," said World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness.
"Following on from the success of the 2009 Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Moncton, the World Curling Federation is looking forward to being able to showcase the discipline of Mixed Doubles Curling in Canada and, at the same time, offer a world class Senior Curling Championship event for curling fans to enjoy."
It marks the first time that Canada will host the World Mixed Doubles, which began in 2008 in Vierumäki, Finland. However, Canada has previously staged the World Seniors in 2003 in Winnipeg and 2007 in Edmonton.
"Canada has played host to many major curling events, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to further expose these unique world properties, in addition to the Ford World Men's Curling Championship (in Victoria), all being staged in Canada in 2013," said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association.
"Of particular note is the World Mixed Doubles, which we hope this hosting in Fredericton will serve as an exceptional showcase to the International Olympic Committee for this discipline being a potential great addition to the Olympic platform in the future."
Fredericton has hosted a number of curling championships over the years - the 1975 Brier, 1988 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, 1965 Canadian junior men's, 1985 Canadian Junior women's, 2005 Canadian Juniors (men and women) and the 1980 Canadian senior women's.