Billing itself as the largest winter sports event outside of the Winter Olympics, the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games begins tomorrow. It includes a curling competition, to be held at the Maniototo rink in Naseby. Eight countries (Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and USA are represented in the men's competition and will play a round robin beginning on Sunday. Five women's teams (Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand) will play a double round robin during the week. Tiebreakers (if required) and semifinals will be next Friday, with the medallists being decided on Saturday, August 29.
The draw and results can be found here.
New Zealand's SKY Sport will be televising fourteen games live over the week, with highlights shown from other matches! The Winter Games event website is here. The opening ceremony is tomorrow, August 21, and the whole thing winds up on August 30.
It looks as if the idea is to hold this event every four years, to provide, in the southern hemisphere, a training and competition opportunity in a variety of sports in the lead up to the Winter Olympics. The sports include alpine skiing, free skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating in addition to the curling.