22. 5. 2007
PERTH, Scotland – The World Curling Federation (WCF) announced that Le Gruyère AOC has renewed its title sponsorship of the European Curling Championships. The two-year agreement confirms that the 2007 and 2008 events will continue as the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships.
“We are delighted to have Le Gruyère AOC continue its strong partnership with the world’s fastest-growing winter sport,” said WCF President Les Harrison. “The Le Gruyère European Championships are a highlight of Europe’s sporting calendar.”
“This is a great day for curling,” said Malcolm Richardson, President of the European Curling Federation (ECF). “We have seen the men’s and women’s Le Gruyère European Championships grow with astonishing speed, with upwards of 30 countries participating in what is now two pools of competition. The partnership of Le Gruyère and this critical championship also grows in strength each year, and we are most pleased with this announcement.”
The 2007 Le Gruyère European Championships take place from December 1-8 in Füssen, Germany, with the 2008 event scheduled for December 6-13 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The top ranked men’s and women’s teams qualify for the World Curling Championships in 2008 and 2009.
Andy Kapp, 2007 silver medallist at last March’s Ford World Curling Championship in Edmonton, will serve double-duty in Füssen. Kapp is the vice-chair of the organizing committee and will also represent Germany on the ice during the men’s side of the Championship.
“We are pleased to renew our association with this great sport and these great Championships,” said Pierre Dubois, President of Le Gruyère AOC. “As curling athletes strive for Olympic and World Championship success it is our pleasure to support their efforts, and accompany them on their road to victory.”
The 2006 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships were won by Switzerland (men’s skip Andreas Schwaller) and Russia (women’s skip Ludmila Privivkova) in front of record crowds at the St. Jakob Arena in Basel, Switzerland. The event also set records with a remarkable 50 teams competing, representing 30 member associations.
ABOUT LE GRUYERE AOC:Le Gruyère AOC is a hard cheese produced in the Western part of Switzerland, with a characteristic taste obtained from the best quality of “not pasteurized” milk, coming straight from cows fed on grass. Depending on the age of the cheese (maturation of five to 18 months) it has more or less character.
Le Gruyère AOC has won numerous global awards for its product including World Champion of “all Categories” at the World Cheese Awards in London in 1992, 2002, 2005 and most recently in March of 2007.
Please visit: www.gruyere.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
George KarrysMedia Relations Officer, World Curling Federation 1-905-997-3348