The Trent University Curling Philosophy is to support each student athlete in their academic endeavours and also engage them in the pursuit of excellence on ice. Apart from the obvious physical attributes of coordination, endurance, balance and sensitivity, competitive curling develops mental toughness and team-building skills – invaluable personal traits in many other walks of life.
Each year, varsity tryouts begin near the end of September. The selection process usually includes on-ice video assessments, and individual evaluations conducted by the coaches. As with most Canadian universities, Trent’s depth of competitive experience in any given season is a function of new talent arriving for their first year versus the vacancies left by graduating veterans. In the past, Trent curling teams have included players who have competed and won at provincial and national championships. At the other extreme, some Excalibur Curling alumni had their first exposure to curling while at Trent University. Players at all levels of development are encouraged to participate in tryouts every year.
Experienced competitive players entering Trent in their freshman year may also be considered for recently instituted athletic scholarships of $500.
In most years, five-or six men and five-or-six women are selected to the varsity teams (four “regulars” and one-or-two alternates). Trent varsity teams play in a Wednesday night open league at the Peterborough Curling Club, one of the oldest constituted clubs in North America.
Following a format first implemented in February 2011, the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) interuniversity annual championships take place in one 5-day event held in mid-February. The participating Ontario universities (fifteen women’s and fifteen men’s teams in 2015) play a modified round robin series. The top six teams from round robin play advance to quarter finals. Semi-finals and finals for OUA gold, silver and bronze medals for both men’s and women’s teams follow. The top two men’s and women’s teams (gold and silver medalists) earn the right to play in the CIS/CCA Canadian University Championships.
On February 21, 2011 Trent’s varsity men won the university’s first-ever OUA championship curling banner, defeating Wilfrid Laurier in the gold medal final. In February 2012, Trent University hosted the OUA provincial championship event in Guelph. Both Trent varsity teams missed the 2014 podium despite solid efforts throughout the week. Trent’s coaches look forward to their varsity teams competing in the 2015 OUA’s in Guelph.