Imagine being teenagers and offered the opportunity to compete for Canada on the International stage?
The dream is a reality for four young Canadian kids who will compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria running January 13 to 22. The squad, selected by the Canadian Curling Association from across the country include to compete include Thomas Scoffin of the Yukon, Corryn Brown of Kamloops, BC, Derek Oryniak of Winnipeg, and Emily Gray of Prince Edward Island. Brown was also honoured with the task of carrying the Canadian Flag in the opening ceremonies.
The mixed squad was put together last season for the purposes of preparing together for this season, in an experiment that will certainly be examined closely, something unheard of in Canada.
Gray documented here season on the CCA website, with a blog in preparation for the event, with her lastest entry found here. Best of luck to the team in the event, the memories of the experience will last a lifetime and is great preparation for these young curlers.
The Stars and Stripes of the United States will also be represented in Austria, by a team from the East Coast. Korey Dropkin, Thomas Howell and a set of twin sisters, Sarah and Taylor Anderson of Broomall, Pennsylvania, who have double the fun!
Some Quick Hitters:
How about some Beer and Curling? The go together so well that the CCA has welcomed on a new sponsor, in the Great Western Brewing Company, for events in Western Canada. Welcome aboard!
Curling continues to pop up in new places in the United States, and Indiana is no exception. After a successful competitive cash spiel this fall in Fort Wayne, the capital city of Indianapolis also has grabbed a foothold with the Circle City Curling Club.
Junior playdown news updates in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and a pair of siblings hope to sweep the Manitoba provincials this week.
Another story on the passing of curling legend Garnet Campbell, from the Regina Leader-Post.