Gan­der’s Gushue Girls

Six friends be­come fa­mous fans

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@tc.tc

Six friends be­come fa­mous fans at 2017 Brier.

Betty Hansen can’t help but laugh at the no­tion of be­ing fa­mous.

Hansen, along with five other friends from Gan­der, have be­come af­fec­tion­ately known as the Gushue Girls.

In their hot pink shirts, in­di­vid­ual let­ters spell­ing out “G-US-H-U-E” the ladies ap­peared on tele­vi­sions across the coun­try dur­ing the 2017 men’s curl­ing Brier in St. John’s.

“I don’t know about fa­mous,” said Hansen, “but we sure had a lot of pic­tures taken and a lot of mes­sages from peo­ple let­ting us know that they saw us on T.V.”

The six ladies – Jeanne Collins, Lorna O’Reilly, Nancy Dawe, Alice McCarthy, Doris John­ston and Hansen – love curl­ing. They have been mem­bers of the Gan­der club since it opened in 1974.

The idea for the shirts came about last year, when they de­cided to at­tend the 2016 Brier in Ot­tawa.

They wanted to show their sup­port for their home prov­ince team, and came up with the idea of the in­di­vid­ual let­tered shirts. Last year the shirts were a laven­der colour and got a great re­cep­tion.

With this year’s Brier be­ing held in St. John’s, the Gushue Girls were de­ter­mined to make an­other ap­pear­ance.

“We de­cided to go with hot pink and it re­ally stood out in the stands,” she said.

Their sup­port didn’t go un­no­ticed by Team NL ei­ther.

Af­ter win­ning the Brier, the ladies got to meet up Brad Gushue at the Brier Patch.

“We got to of­fer our con­grat­u­la­tions to him . . . and have a few pho­tos,” Hansen said, not­ing that Gushue im­me­di­ately rec­og­nized the group.

“’The Gushue Girls!’, he said,” re­called Hansen.

The Brier it­self was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, she said.

All six friends at­tended the event from start to fin­ish, walk­ing to games in the morn­ing and tak­ing cabs back to their ho­tel at night.

“It re­ally was an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Hansen. “The fans, the sup­port, to win on home ice, it was just an elec­tri­fied place.”

Asked whether the Gushue Girls might show up again, Hansen says to never rule any­thing out.

She doesn’t think they’ll at­tend the Curl­ing World Cham­pi­onships in Ed­mon­ton later this year, but noted that Gushue has an au­to­matic en­try into next year’s Brier in Regina, Saskatchewan.

“So you never know.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The ‘Gushue Girls’ from Gan­der — Jeanne Collins, Lorna O’Reilly, Nancy Dawe, Alice McCarthy, Doris John­ston and Betty Hansen (with Gan­der MHA Dr. John Hag­gie get­ting in the frame for this photo) — made nu­mer­ous ap­pear­ances on tele­vi­sion screens across Canada dur­ing the 2017 Brier in St. John’s.

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