The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is the annual Canadian women’s curling championship, sanctioned by Curling Canada, formerly called the Canadian Curling Association. The winner goes on to represent Canada at the women’s world curling championships. Since 1985, the winner also gets to return to the following year’s tournament as Team Canada. It is formally known as the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship.
Scotties Tournament of Hearts History
Pre-history: 1913 marked a significant point in women’s curling when both the Manitoba Bonspiel and the Ontario Curling Association began holding women’s curling events. Other provinces would later add provincial women’s championships, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that a higher level of women’s curling began to occur. At this time there was a Western Canada Women’s Championship but no tournament existed for the eastern provinces. By 1959, Eaton’s pulled their sponsorship, giving the organizers of the Western championships an initiative to have a national championship.
Early history: In 1967, Dominion Stores were unable to reach a compromise with the organizers of the tournament, and their sponsorship fell. The Canadian Ladies’ Curling Association ran the tournament by themselves with no main sponsor. Sylvia Fedoruk, after assuming the presidency of the Canadian Ladies’ Curling Association found a title sponsor in the Macdonald Tobacco Company, the same sponsor as the Brier. Their sponsorship began in 1972 with the tournament being called the Macdonald Lassie championship, after the company’s trademark.
Sandra Schmirler Most Valuable Player Award: The Sandra Schmirler Most Valuable Player Award is awarded by the media to the most valuable player during the playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The 2020 winner was Kerri Einarson of Manitoba.
Shot of the Week Award: The Shot of the Week Award is presented by the organizing committee to the player who makes the most outstanding shot during the tournament. The award has not been presented since 2013.
Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award: The Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award is awarded annually to the most sportsmanlike curler at the Tournament of Hearts every year. The award has been presented since 1982, and has been named in Mitchell’s honour since 1998. In 2020, the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award was presented to Rachelle Brown of Team Canada.
Joan Mead Builder Award: The Joan Mead Builder Award goes to someone in the curling community that significantly contributes to the growth and development of women’s curling in Canada. It has been awarded annually since 2001.
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