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Saskatoon hosts nationals.

Entrants are being accepted for this year's National Aboriginal Curling Championships.

The national bonspiel will be staged March 25 to March 28 at the Granite Curling Club in Saskatoon. Organizers are hoping the event attracts 32 men's and 16 women's teams.

Though the event is being held in Saskatoon, it is being hosted by the northern Saskatchewan village of Ile-a-la-Crosse in conjunction with the Sakitawak Development Corporation and the Ile-a-la-Crosse Friendship Centre.

Participating teams will be vying for a share of the $22,300 up for grabs. Registration fees cost $500 for men's teams and $400 for the women's entrants.

The top eight finishers in each division will end up receiving a cash prize. The men's winners will be awarded $4,000 while the members of the winning women's side will share $2,000.

Despite the fact there will be no divisions for younger participants at the nationals, the event will include a youth clinic.

This clinic will be led by Stefanie Lawton, a Saskatoon-based curler. Lawton has been a member of four provincial championship women's teams in Saskatchewan and has competed in the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts four times.

Lawton's teams placed fourth at the nationals in all four of her appearances.

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Title Annotation:Sports Briefs; National Aboriginal Curling Championships
Author:Laskaris, Sam
Publication:Windspeaker
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CSAS
Date:Mar 1, 2016
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