Pass­ing on the knowl­edge

Cana­dian curl­ing leg­end Mar­cia Gud­ereit coach­ing son’s team at pro­vin­cial ju­nior qual­i­fier

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - SPORTS - RANDY PALMER

When Kronau’s Breck­lin Ger­vais has any ques­tions about a po­ten­tial shot dur­ing the pro­vin­cial ju­nior men’s qual­i­fy­ing bon­spiel this week­end at the Moose Jaw Ford Curl­ing Cen­tre, he can prob­a­bly rest as­sured his coach will have it han­dled.

You don’t win three world curl­ing cham­pi­onships and an Olympic gold medal with­out know­ing a few ins and outs of the game.

No, Mar­cia Gud­ereit has a pretty good grasp of the game after her years spent play­ing lead with the San­dra Sch­mir­ler and Jan Betker rinks, high­lighted by their world ti­tles in 1993, ’94 and ’97 to go along with their gold at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.

She took over the coach­ing reigns for Ger­vais this win­ter when her son, Jared Gud­ereit, joined the team.

“I coached him when I was younger and took a few years off and this is my first year back,” she ex­plained while watch­ing the first end of Ger­vais’ game against Moose Jaw’s Ter­ence Stark on Fri­day af­ter­noon. “He played lead for a few dif­fer­ent teams that al­ready had coaches, so I got to sit back and en­joy watch­ing from up­stairs for a few years.”

The Kronau-based team fea­tures a spread of ages from 15 to 20, with Jared in the mid­dle of the bunch at 18. Work­ing with the young­sters while putting her ex­cep­tional base of knowl­edge to work has turned out well in the early go­ing for the coach and her team.

“They’ve been pretty good to coach and they take in what I have to tell them,” Gud­ereit said. “For the most part they lis­ten and try to ex­e­cute what I try to say… you def­i­nitely un­der­stand what shots are im­por­tant shots to make, like when they have a hit and stick and they roll out, you kind of know when things are go­ing south be­fore they do.”

And be­fore you ask, yes, Gud­ereit had to go through the whole coach­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process, just like ev­ery­one else.

“But I guess you could say I had more than enough prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said with a laugh. “It’s a lot of fun and in a way it tested me, try­ing to ex­plain things to them and in a way they will un­der­stand and pick up right away. There are dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties on this team, so they all take in­for­ma­tion dif­fer­ently.”

The ju­nior men’s pro­vin­cial qual­i­fier runs in con­junc­tion with the ju­nior women’s tour­na­ment at the Curl­ing Cen­tre and is the last chance to reach provin­cials in Regina be­gin­ning Dec. 27.

Moose Jaw’s Stark, David Gray and Car­son Ack­er­man are vy­ing for the four spots on the boys’ side, while Sky­lar Ack­er­man and Am­ber Mont­gomery are in ac­tion in the girls draw.

Tour­na­ment play con­tin­ues through­out the week­end, with the ‘A’ fi­nals set for 2 p.m. Satur­day, ‘B’ fi­nals at 2 p.m. Sun­day and ‘C’ fi­nal games at 7 p.m.

RANDY PALMER/TIMES-HER­ALD

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