En­glot’s cheer­ing sec­tion is gen­uinely cut out for curl­ing

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - KEN WAR­REN kwar­ren@post­media.com

As a rule, curl­ing fans are gen­er­ally a laid-back lot, quiet ex­cept for oc­ca­sional po­lite ap­plause to praise great shots.

Now along come Brandy West­cott and Jor­dan Ho­gan.

They’ve made their voices heard at the Roar of the Rings, oc­ca­sion­ally scream­ing out “I love you” in the mid­dle of the ac­tion in praise of their bet­ter halves on Team En­glot.

They’ve also made their pres­ence felt by dress­ing up in de­cid­edly non-curl­ing spec­ta­tor at­tire, in­clud­ing flu­o­res­cent green, full­bod­ied span­dex suits.

They’ve also helped fill a few of the many empty seats at Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre, plop­ping down larger-than-life card­board cut-outs of En­glot team mem­bers.

“We carry them in a big TV box,” West­cott says of the ex­tra faces. “We need it with all the pad­ding and ev­ery­thing, but I hear peo­ple ask­ing, ‘Why are they bring­ing a TV in to watch curl­ing?’”

Curl­ing runs in West­cott’s blood. His sis­ter, Raunora, plays lead on Michelle En­glot’s Win­nipeg-based squad. His wife, Les­lie Wil­son, is the team’s sec­ond. His fa­ther, Ron West­cott, is the coach.

Ho­gan’s girl­friend, Kate Cameron, serves as the third.

The card­board cut-outs have been around since a Win­nipeg sign shop made them in ad­vance of the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts at St. Catharines, Ont., in Fe­bru­ary. The idea seems to have grown. Large faces were spot­ted at the men’s Brier in St. John’s, N.L., in March. Across the rink from West­cott and Ho­gan on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon were a few Jen­nifer Jones card­board cut-outs.

While it has been a long few days on the ice for Team En­glot — Wed­nes­day’s 9-6 win over Julie Tip­pin’s squad was the rink’s first af­ter four de­feats — their fans have brought en­ergy to the arena.

“It’s so cool, it’s awe­some,” Wil­son said. “I love when my hus­band comes out to these events be­cause he’s just so loud in the stands and I al­ways hear his voice cheer­ing me on. And I’m so glad my mom and dad are here, too.”

KEN WAR­REN

Jor­dan Ho­gan, left, and Brandy West­cott have helped fill a few of the empty seats at Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre, plop­ping down larger-than-life card­board cut-outs of En­glot team mem­bers.

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