It’s no secret that curling fans travel well, and fans from across the country are gathering in Swift Current this week for the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship. 

Sue Gates is the mother of Northern Ontario lead Amanda Gates, and came from Sudbury, Ontario, to watch her play early in the week. 

“She’s not playing as much as she used to, but she played juniors and women’s, so we follow her,” Sue said, adding that she’s been to Moose Jaw twice when that city hosted the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but this is her first visit to Swift Current. 

“We’ve eaten at some really great local places and the service has been excellent and so friendly,” she said. “Our hotel, same thing. Everybody from the cab drivers to the police officer that bought us coffee this morning has been great... we came up to Starbucks and she told us that the person in front of us paid for a coffee and it was a policewoman, so that was special.” 

Sue Gates

The championship and seeding round games will be happening on Thursday and Friday with the semi-finals and final on Saturday at the Swift Current Curling Club, and admission for fans is absolutely free.