Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel

The Ontario Curling Council (OCC) is the recognized Provincial Sport Organization for curling in Ontario. 

After the Covid-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 Cathy Kerr International Wheelchair Bonspiel, we are pleased to announce that we are planning for a 2021 event at this time.  We appreciate the contribution of our sponsor, Ottawa Valley Curling Association for this year’s event.

The 16th annual Cathy Kerr International Wheelchair Bonspiel will be hosted at the RA, Centre in Ottawa.

  • This event will be subject to local and provincial health guidelines.
  • This event may be cancelled with short notice if local or provincial health authorities deem that necessary – in which case refunds will be issued.  Travel costs for teams affected by cancellations are the responsibility of the team.

Date:  November 26-28, 2021

Location:  RA Centre, Ottawa, ON

Format:  Pools leading to Playoff

Deadline: November 11, 2021

Maximum # of Teams: 10 teams

Fee: $449 + HST

Includes:  Guaranteed 5 games + Cash Prizes** (**contingent on full draw)

Event Guide:  Will be emailed to all registered teams after Registration deadline.

Registration:  Click HERE

 

Additional Information:

  • In accordance with Provincial Law all participants will be required to be provide proof of full vaccination (2 doses + 14 days) in order to participate.
  • Pending inclusion of Ontario Winter Games (pending site selection) the top two Ontario based teams from this event will qualify for Ontario Winter Games. 
  • Please respect the health considerations of others.
  • Please communicate any dietary restrictions to bonspiel organizers upon registration.
  • Games will be timed.

Questions about the event should be directed to:

Jennifer Ferris, Manager of Programs and Operations – jennifer@ontcurl.com or  289-527-0352

 

Thank you to our sponsors for this event:

   

 

About Cathy Kerr

The annual Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel is held in memory of Catherine (Cathy) Kerr av person, who always advocated inclusion and accessibility.

Cathy was a loyal and devoted friend to many. Her generosity, wit and sense of humour were only a few of her gifts that she shared in friendship. From a young age Cathy participated in the political and community life of Ottawa – the City she loved dearly – and was proud to call home. Her career in the government spanned several decades. She volunteered her time and organizational skills to many election campaigns, and worked in the Prime Minister’s office during the 1970’s. A highlight for Cathy was the time she spent as the Director for Operations Co-ordination for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Cathy was active in a variety of community events, always mindful to those less fortunate. The disabled of the Ottawa community lost a passionate and faithful advocate. She was a board member of the Disabled Persons Coalition and worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituency. She served as a board member for the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre, and was chair of their Consumer Advisory Group for 7 years. In recognition of her service, Cathy was awarded the Rick Hansen Award in 2000, the United Way Community Builder Award in 2001 and the City of Ottawa Civic Appreciation Award in 2004. In 2003, she was instrumental in organizing Wheelchair Curling. As a member of the original executive board for the Capital Wheelchair Curling Club, Cathy shared her curling knowledge and leadership skills.  Cathy passed away October 22, 2004 from cancer.

Click here to view an article from The Messenger that describes what Cathy meant to those around her.

Historical Results of the Event

The Capital Wheelchair Curling Club hosted the Cathy Kerr bonspiel for 11 years – thank you to the organizers and volunteers who successfully have grown this event into a world class competition.    The Ontario Curling Council took over the event in 2016.  Historical Results of the Event can be found here.