Des­tined to win

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS -

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.

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