Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris have been named to Curling Canada's national team programme for the forthcoming season ©Getty Images

Olympic champions Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris are among Curling Canada's national team programme for the forthcoming season, it has been announced.

The duo were crowned as the first mixed doubles champions at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in February.

They are one of nine mixed doubles pairings to feature on the programme, along with Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson, Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers, Emilie Desjardins and Robert Desjardins and Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing.

Kalynn Park and Charley Thomas, Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant, Val Sweeting and Brad Gushue and Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres complete the mixed doubles pairings.

A total of 15 four-player teams have been named to programme, including those led by Kevin Koe and Rachel Homan.

Both skipped their teams at the Olympic Games but ultimately missed out on securing medals.

Brendan Bottcher, Reid Carruthers, John Epping, Jason Gunnlaugson, Brad Gushue and Brad Jacobs will lead men's teams.

Women's teams will be skipped by Chelsea Carey, Kerri Einarson, Tracy Fleury, Jennifer Jones, Darcy Robertson, Casey Scheidegger and Laura Walker, along with Homan.

The teams on the programme will all recieve Sport Canada, Own the Podium and Canadian Olympic Committee funding.

This will come in addition to ongoing sport science and sport medicine support from Curling Canada's national high performance staff of coaches and consultants.

Teams were named to the programme based on results from the 2017-2018 season, as well as the assessment of Curling Canada's high performance coaching staff.

Rachel Homan will lead one of 15 four-player teams ©Getty Images
Rachel Homan will lead one of 15 four-player teams ©Getty Images

"This is a seasoned group of athletes in whom we have a great deal of confidence, and we're pleased that we can offer them support from Curling Canada and our funding partners to help them take their games to new levels,” said Gerry Peckham, Curling Canada's director of high performance.

"We're also pleased that there is an amazing array of talent within the Curling Canada high performance staff/consultants realm that is truly dedicated to helping these athletes, both on and off the ice."

Curling Canada also unveiled its high performance staff for the season.

Jeff Stoughton will take over as national men’s coach and programme manager, replacing Rick Lang, who decided to step back from the position.

Lang will remain as a performance consultant, while Stoughton is set to continue overseeing the mixed doubles national programme for the time being.

Four-time world champion Scott Pfeifer and Adam Kingsbury, former coach of Team Homan, have joined the staff.

Pfeifer will be a performance consultant working primarily with Stoughton, while Kingsbury will take on responsibilities as a mental performance consultant and information technology manager.

Elaine Dagg-Jackson remains the national coach and programme manager for women's teams.

"This is a truly dedicated group of professionals who have a wealth of information to provide to our athletes," said Peckham.

"It takes a community to make this work, and our community is one that is in equal measures passionate and caring for these athletes, and will do whatever is necessary to help them succeed."