TORONTO - May 25, 2016 - Focusing on the development of the high performance student curling athlete, the Ryerson Rams Curling Program is pleased to announce the following major changes and additions for the 2016/17 season:

  • With many thanks to the support of the Leaside Curling Club and its membership for the inaugural year of the Rams Curling program, the Rams curling teams will move its regular competitive league play and practice environment for the 2016/17 season to a new home base, the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.  The Toronto Cricket Club or TCSCC, as many in the curling world refer to it as, is one of the leading sport, social and activity clubs in Canada and shares the Ryerson program's desires to become a high performance centre for curling development in the Greater Toronto Region.  The Rams curling program will become a cornerstone and catalyst for future team, individual athlete and program development for the sport of curling

  • With this move to the Toronto Cricket, both men's and women's teams will now play there in a competitive, open league on Tuesday evenings starting in October of 2016.  This will create much needed flexibility for the program and enhance the team competitive development profile with the type of teams being played
  • Tryouts for the 2016-17 Rams will be held at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club on Monday September 26 and Tuesday September 27 starting at 8:30PM.  With a number of returning student athletes and a great incoming class, we expect to build on our many successes of the 2015/16 season

  • We also announce the creation of the Rams U25 Development League that will be based at the TCSCC.  With play to commence at the end of September and running through March 2017, the league will offer a new competitive environment where teams with national and international competition goals like the Rams and be comprised of athletes 25 years of age and younger and/or still involved in a full time school environment.  Teams and individual athletes can compete against peer teams supported by coaching and athlete development not necessarily found in other league environments.  For information on this new Rams initiative, go to www.ramscurlingleague.com or contact Rams Curling Head Coach, Perry Marshall at curling@ryerson.ca

  • To support the focus on development and to also promote the new U25 league, Rams Curling also announces the continuation and expansion of its sponsorship and operational support of the Stu Sells Event Series on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour.  Rams Curling will be involved in supporting three events this curling season:

    • the Stu Sells Junior Tankard is a U21 event to be held at the High Park Club September 16-18 for women and September 23-25 for men at the TCSC.  Many of the top performing U21 teams in Ontario and from other parts of Canada and the United States will compete for top prize money and a chance to play a World Curling Tour event in October.

    • the Stu Sells Mixed Doubles U25 Championship at the TCSC on October 8-10 introduces a premier event for the newest Olympic curling discipline targeted at the university aged curling athlete as they prepare for first OUA U21 and the provincial and national championships in the spring of 2017

    • and finally, a new event for U18 curling athletes (potential future Rams curlers), the Stu Sells Slam will run January 28-30, 2017 at the TCSC.  Rams Curling is pleased and proud to be partnering with the High Park Club, the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club and Stu Sells Real Estate to present these events

It promises to be an even more exciting year in 2016-17 filled with more firsts for Rams Curling.  

If you are interested in getting involved, contact Head Coach Perry Marshall at curling@ryerson.ca and come out to our information session to be held September 14, 2016 at 6:30PM in the Blue and Gold Room at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, home of the 2017 Rams Challenge Cup.