Destined to win
explained Mr. Lessard. You’d think that this competitive team would keep that improvement to themselves, but that’s not the case. “We’re sharing this improvement in the equipment because we want the sport to get even better. We want the sport to grow,” added Mr. Lessard who first took up curling to improve his water-skiing abilities and then “got hooked.”
“Since this team first started competing, people have been saying that they were destined to win, they’re so good. They have been going to the Nationals for a few years now and Ben is a ‘stand-by’ for the Canadian wheelchair curling team,” said Alfred Whittier who began the wheelchair curling program at the Lennoxville Curling Club and who attended the Championship finals, in Ottawa. “They are all involved in other sports as well and they work out at the gym,” he added.
The Magog team played nine games at the tournament, winning eight. Their only defeat was against the team from British Colombia, who they went on to play in both the semi-final and the final, beating them when it really counted. The semifinal ended with the score of 10 to 4 while the final was even more decisive, ending 10 to 2. The last end didn’t have to be played. “Every shot in the final was so intense,” said Mr. Whittier.
With multiple expenses such as airline flights and hotel accommodations, this team is always on the lookout for sponsors to help defray some of their costs.