Stu­dent Ath­letes com­pete for curl­ing na­tional ti­tle

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

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.

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