Red Deer Col­lege (RDC) Queens curl­ing team bring home na­tional gold

The Drumheller Mail - - THE DRUMHELER MAIL -

RDC Queens team mem­ber Katie Prim­rose grew up just north of Rum­sey and was one of the team mem­bers to win the big medal.

“We didn’t re­ally ex­pect it, I mean you al­ways hope to do the best and win it all but go­ing in we were kinda like the un­der­dogs,” said Prim­rose. “We were just hop­ing to medal so when we won it, we were pretty sur­prised.”

The gold medal served as a good send-off to Prim­roses’ skip, Marla Sher­rer as she is in her last year of school­ing.

“It was a good way to end it,” said Prim­rose.

Prim­rose be­gan curl­ing at a very young age as her siblings, par­ents and grand­par­ents all played the sport.

At age ten, she started to curl reg­u­larly after school through the Rum­sey ju­nior curl­ing pro­gram held at the Rum­sey curl­ing rink.

“There’s a when I’m pic­ture prob­a­bly of me three Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Agri­cul­ture.

The Cana­dian Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (CCAA ) Curl­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships were held in Camrose from Wed­nes­day, March 22 to March 25 with 16 teams play­ing for the ti­tle.

The team kept a level head through­out the sea­son, fac­ing many tough op­po­nents along the way. “The com­pe­ti­tion through­out the whole sea­son for our women’s curl­ing was very com­pet­i­tive,” said Prim­rose. “Each team had their strengths.”

As the round robin came to a close on the Fri­day, the RDC team had played four games, win­ning one and three, faced with the task of win­ning the rest of the games in or­der to see Satur­day.

“There was a lit­tle pres­sure,” said Prim­rose.

The team took ad­van­tage of the sheets close to home as many more fam­ily and friends were able to come out and cheer them on.

“It’s crazy to think that you’re na­tional cham­pi­ons, I’ve only ever been pro­vin­cial [cham­pion],” said Prim­rose. “You’re just that one step higher.”

Prim­rose’s coach Brad Hamil­ton will scout at lo­cal bon­spiels and watch up and com­ing curlers. Prim­rose also had an ‘in’ as her older sis­ter Julie had played for the RDC Queens be­fore she joined.

“If you are into curl­ing and you know there’s a curl­ing pro­gram, you fig­ure out the try­outs and just go and hope for the best,” said Prim­rose.

To fu­ture curlers, Prim­rose gave ad­vice telling oth­ers to make the most of each op­por­tu­nity to curl.

“Any op­por­tu­nity to curl or any bon­spiel you can en­ter – just go for it.” said Prim­rose. “You never know what friends you’ll make.”

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