Curling Centre Readying for the Shorty

July 27, 2018
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – The Cornwall Curling Centre is getting ready to greet many of the world’s top curling teams in September.

Shorty Jenkins Cornwall 2018

The 22nd Annual AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic is scheduled for September 12-16 and once again will be presented by WFG Financial Group and VIA Rail.

“We are still receiving interest from a number of teams who are vying for a spot in the tournament,” says John Dilabio, who co-chairs the Event along with Kevin Baker. “We will know soon how big the field is, but it is a safe bet that it will be bigger than ever. Other elements of the event are falling into place nicely. Other elements of the event are falling into place nicely.”

The Shorty is the longest running event on the World Curling Tour and every year features a who’s who of the curling world. Last year’s tournament featured athletes from Korea who went on to surprise many at the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

“Curling brings athletes from all over the world together, and many of the established teams are open to sharing insights with younger players,” adds Mr. Baker. “The Centre also offers fans a chance to meet top curlers such as Cornwall’s own Mat Camm, who is a key member of one of the hottest curling teams in Canada.”

The Shorty will once again have a combined purse of $90,000, which is the largest purse during the World Curling Tour season outside of the Grand Slam Events. To many people connected with the sport, the Shorty Jenkins Classic is often referred to as the Mini-Slam.

“Cornwall is fortunate to have an event like this – the strength of the field is a testament to the legacy that this event has created over the past 20 years,” says John Rattray, President of the Cornwall Curling Centre. “This event is an opportunity for Cornwall to show off our City to competitors from around the world.”

About Shorty Jenkins

The Shorty Jenkins Classic Bonspiel is held in honour of Shorty Jenkins, who is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential ice makers in the sport of curling.

Event Details

The AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic will take place at the Cornwall Curling Centre beginning on Wednesday, September 12th and will continue through to Sunday, September 16th, with the final match at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets will go on sale soon. Everyone is welcome.

Information regarding schedule, teams and events will be available at

About the Cornwall Curling Centre

The earliest recorded curling activity in and around the Cornwall area was in the 1850s when people played the game on the frozen St. Lawrence River near Farlinger’s Point. There was no club facility, but McNairn’s Hotel, located approximately where the present day Cornwall Golf and Country Club’s 10th green is situated, served pre and post curling refreshments.  In 1882, after thirty years of curling on the river, curlers built a facility at the northwest corner of First and Augustus Streets.  A dozen decades later, the Cornwall Curling Club began play at a brand new 6 sheet facility in September 2004.

The Cornwall Curling Centre is located at 220 Water Street near the Civic Complex and Aquatic Centre.  You can find out more online:

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