Student Athletes compete for curling national title
Left photo: (l-r) Sara McMann, skip, Coach Bradley Hamilton, Brett Day, third, Shelby Primrose, fourth, Ashlyn Wozny, alternate, and lead Katie Primrose crouch for a team photo. Right photo: Skip Sara McMann Deer College (RDC) Queens curling team for a chance at winning a second national title.
Despite strong efforts on the ice, the team was unable to Katie and Shelby Primrose of Rumsey competed on the Red make headway in Leduc for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling National Championships from Saturday, March 24 to Wednes- day, March 28.
“We had a great time at Leduc. Curl 4 Canada put on a great event and it was exciting to curl alongside the Universi- ties,” said Katie Primrose. Katie, the lead for the team, was one of the key components to helping her team win three times during the high-stakes bonspiel.
She is a second year Management Certificate student who showed her true colours on the ice by having the second highest shooting percentage in her position among female curlers. She shot 70 per cent at the championships, including games as high as 84 per cent and 93 per cent.
She was also named RDC athlete of the week because of her above average performance. The team had three wins and four losses throughout the bonspiel, putting the Queens in 6th place in the Women’s Standings.
The Fleming Knights overtook the Queens 13 – 5 in the morning draw of the final day of competition.
“The competition was really tough this year but everyone brought their best to Nationals,” said Katie. “Curling on arena ice was a big change for most of us considering none of us had curled on it before.”
Last year, the Queens came out on top winning the national title in Camrose.
This will be Katie’s last year as a Queen as she completes her Management Certificate later this year.
“I had the second highest shooting percentage in my position so that was a great way to end my college curling,” said Katie. “Nationals was a great experience. It wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for but we had a great time curling in Leduc.”
throwing, Brett Day, left, Katie Primrose, right, and Shelby Primrose take their turn during competition.