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Manitoba Curling Tour "Under New Management"

Thursday Mar 24 2016
by MCT News Release

An “Under New Management” sign has been posted on the virtual doors of the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. 

Curtis Atkins, Keith Doherty, and Justin Twiss will head the volunteer Manitoba Curling Tour (MCT) committee, as of March 21, 2016. Atkins has been elected President with Doherty as his Vice-President. Twiss will serve as the committee’s secretary. 

The new leaders plan to expand the organizing committee to include both rural and Winnipeg as well as female and male representation. While they have identified some possible additions to the Board, they invite other interested curler-volunteers to connect with them. 

The plan for the immediate future of the Manitoba Curling Tour includes a return to its roots with the volunteer-directed committee taking a very hands-on approach. “As curlers, we want to work directly with the event organizers, the players, our sponsors and partner organizations such as CurlManitoba to build upon the success of the Manitoba Curling Tour,” said new President Curtis Atkins. “We also want to explore ways to re-new and improve upon the way the MCT has operated, basically unchanged since its inception.” 

The Manitoba Curling Tour was created in the summer of 1991, to provide a means of co-ordination and support for the series of local bonspiels or cashspiels in the province. Initially, it involved only men’s events but in 1996-97, a women’s division was added. 

Atkins says the new MCT organizing committee will be contacting event organizers, players, sponsors and other stakeholders during the remaining few weeks of the current curling season to hear comments and suggestions for the future and to confirm an MCT schedule for 2016-17. 

“On behalf of all Manitoba curlers, we want to express our appreciation to retiring Tour Coordinator Resby Coutts and former Coordinator Bob Picken as well as to Andy Stewart and all of the past volunteer directors of the Manitoba Curling Tour. Their efforts have helped the MCT play an important role on the Manitoba curling scene,” Atkins said. 

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Interested curler-volunteers may contact:
Curtis Atkins (curtis_atkins@hotmail.com)
Keith Doherty (kdoherty17@hotmail.com)
Justin Twiss (justin.twiss@mccain.ca)



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