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3 Team Canada sports to watch this weekend: March 29-31 – Team Canada

3 Team Canada sports to watch this weekend: March 29-31 – Team Canada

Mathias Capizzano, The Canadian Press/Adrian Wilde, International Judo Federation/Tamara Kolombegashvili

Team Canada brought the action last weekend, capturing world championship titles in women's curling and snowboarding, as well as multiple Crystal Globe awards for top honors in various downhill disciplines.

But fear not, this weekend there are a lot of exciting events in store!

There's more curling to watch as the World Men's Curling Championship gets underway and Team Canada's men look to match the success of their counterparts. It's a big week on the water for Canadian sailors at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Spain, and Canadian judokas will hit the tatami in another Grand Slam, this time in Turkey, after the success they enjoyed last weekend in Tbilisi.

Here's what you don't want to miss:

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The Canadian women just won the World Women's Curling Championship on home soil in Sydney, Nova Scotia, but there is still more curling to come with the World Men's Curling Championship getting underway on Saturday. The Canadian men will be hoping to match the efforts of Team Homan as the top 13 teams in the world battle it out for the title in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

READ: Canada wins gold at 2024 World Women's Curling Championship

Team Canada Skip is led by Brad Gushue – world champion and three-time world silver medalist. The accomplished team includes third Mark Nichols, second EJ Harnden, captain Jeff Walker and alternate Kyle Doering. Canada last won gold at the world championships in 2017, with Gushue skipping.

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Canada will face the Czechs first on Saturday morning. The tournament continues until Sunday, April 7.

Sailing

Canadian sailors will take to the waters of Palma, Spain, April 1-6 to participate in the 2024 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta. The event will provide the opportunity for additional athletes to participate Eligible to run For the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Leading up to the event, Canada qualified boats in four events (49er, 49erFX, ILCA 6 and women's kitesurfing). With the exception of Antonia and Georgia Lewin LaFrance in the 49erFX race, the athletes who will race on those boats have not yet been determined. During the regatta, Canada will seek to qualify boats in the ILCA 7, iQFoil, Nacra 17 and men's kitesurfing.

Following the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, Sail Canada will announce the names of the athletes who will race the country's qualifying boats in the 49er and ILCA 6 classes. The selection process is based on sailors' performance during a series of three competitions. Sarah Douglas currently leads the ILCA 6 standings, and William Jones and Justin Barnes lead the 49er class standings.

Watch: 24 Questions with Sarah Douglas

The regatta will be the first of two competitions to determine which athlete will take the nation's place in women's kitesurfing. Emilie Pogia, Martina Dakovic, Natalia Leshko and Marie-Eve Mairan will participate in the event.

Judo

Ten Canadian judokas will participate in the Grand Slam tournament in Antalya, Turkey. Some of them will return to the mat just a week after being on the podium at the Grand Slam tournament in Tbilisi.

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This is the case of Catherine Beauchemin-Benard, last weekend's gold medalist, who will compete in the women's 63kg weight category on Saturday, as she currently leads the International Judo Federation's world rankings in this weight category. Christa Diguchi, who also tops the world rankings in her category (57kg), will be looking to make it to the podium for the second time in as many weeks on Friday, after winning bronze in Tbilisi. Shadi Al-Nahhas, who won the silver medal last weekend, will participate in the championship in the men's under 100 kg category on Sunday.

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