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Brandon set to Host 2008 Safeway Championship

Thursday May 03 2007

May 3, 2007: MCA News Release

Thursday, 03 May 2007 Representatives from the Manitoba Curling Association, Canada Safeway and the 2008 Safeway Championship host committee met today in Brandon to officially announce Brandon as the host city for next year?s championship. The 32 team championship will be played February 13 ? 17, 2008.
?The Manitoba Curling Association is happy to be awarding the province?s premier curling event to Brandon. It has been 4 years since they hosted the provincial men?s championships and I am sure they?ll put on a great show.? Dale Brooks ? MCA President-Elect.
?Canada Safeway is thrilled to be returning to Brandon and the Keystone Centre where our company has enjoyed sponsoring many world, national and provincial events over the years.? said John Graham, Public Affairs Manager, Canada Safeway. ?We have no doubt that along side enthusiastic Brandon Safeway employees, the volunteers of this community will do themselves proud again this February."
While all committee heads have yet to be recruited the committee has actively begun setting up their team and there is no doubt they will be ready when the curlers hit the ice on February 13, 2008. "Our event management team has accepted the challenge of showcasing this unique sporting event in Brandon's world class Keystone Center and our community volunteers will now begin the process of creating a venue that is warm and friendly for our spectators and highly competitive for our 32 qualifying teams as they fight to represent our Province at the 2008 Brier being held in Winnipeg" said Dick Scott, Host Committee Chairperson
The 2007 Safeway Championship was held in Dauphin, MB, where the Jeff Stoughton rink of Ryan Fry, Rob Fowler and Steve Gould won the championship. This is much to the delight of the 2008 committee as second Rob Fowler hails from Brandon. As the defending champion, the Stoughton team has an automatic berth into the 2008 Championship.
(Editor's Note) Today's announcement confirms the understanding that Brandon would be the location of the 2008 Safeway Championship. At the conclusion of the 2007 Safeway Championship at Dauphin, Safeway's Jim Okolita handed off the Safeway Championship banner to Brandon committee leaders Dick Scott (r) and Dave Shepherd.

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