Two days ago the General Assembly of the World Curling Federation decided to uphold the suspension of Polish Curling Association as a member of WCF. PCA was initially suspended by the board in January for "bringing the sport into disrepute". This decision means that no Polish team can enter official competition held by the Federation, including European or World Championships.
2020 is a coming-of-age year for curling on Polish soil. It all started in 2002 with a few dedicated people who wanted to start playing this then-exotic sport. The beginnings were humble as there were no equipment and no areas to train. One of the early curlers told stories of the first practices taking place at a private home, using a toy turtle with a handle attached as a curling rock. Then it came to camping late at night at ice skating rinks to have some time on the actual ice. And the first clubs were founded.
Due to the recent course of events, we have decided to collect PCA’s greatest “achievements” of the last ten years. Please read the list and then give thought to how on earth it is possible that those people have not been sanctioned for what they have done.
Polish curling community has grown very quickly and unexpectedly last week. On Tuesday Polish Curling Association (Polski Związek Curlingu) announced that they have admitted 21 clubs to be members. The membership means, among others, having a vote in elections appointing the board of PCA. According to an announcement on PCA's website, "this ends a multi-annual period of Polish curling community being divided".
On Sptember 5th, right after Mazury Curling Festival 2016 has ended, the ice rink in Giżycko became an arena for Polish Academic Championships games. For the first time mixed doubles competition was included alongside traditional men and women categories.
Poland has a chance to take next big step in national curling development with building a first all-year curling facility in the country. The information comes from Adela Walczak, member of a former national team in mixed doubles and skip of one of top women teams in Poland. She informed on Facebook that the deal for a new hall is almost sealed. The information was also confirmed by journalist and curling player Paweł Burlewicz in Przegląd Sportowy.
After the successful LDZ Camp 2011 and Mazury Curling Festivals 2012-2014, it was the fifth edition of summer curling events organized by Academic Sport Association in Poland, Polish Curling Clubs Federation and curling section of Polish Sport Organization. Giżycko and Wilkasy hosted the impressive number of 190 curlers from 10 Polish clubs and several foreign teams from Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania and Hong Kong. I took place from 5th to 13th of Setpember 2015.
From 18th to 19th April in Roztyly curling hall in Prague International Wheelchair Curling Czech Championships were held. Among six competing teams there was one from Poland – ISRS "Culani" – that won silver medal there. After difficult (but won) game in semifinals against JU Praha, Polish wheelchair curlers lost to Slovakian team in the final and got silver. Congratulations!
Last weekend Polish National Championships in curling were played in Warsaw. None of defending champions managed to win again this year. New champions, that will represent Poland in Esbjerg on European Curling Championships are: Kofeina/Team Caffeine (skip Marta Szeliga-Frynia) and Marlex Team (skip Tomasz Zioło). Both teams represent Silesian Curling Club in Katowice.
Out of 54 teams that expressed their interest in Mixed Doubles Championships at first, only 18 actually took part in competition, that was held in Warsaw from February 26th to March 1st. The small number of final competitors was probably a result of PCCF's protest and clash with date of Letící Kameny tournament in Prague.