Fifth and Final Blog Team Saskatchewan Girls
It is Tuesday – a full three days past the last day of the U18 Candadian Curling Championship and so much has happened since Blog #4!
We won a SILVER medal! In an extra end, we stole a win against Team Alberta in a Semi-Final to get to the Gold Medal Game. It was such an exciting game and we only had a few hours to recover and recooperate before we were back on the ice against Team Nova Scotia. We left everything on the ice but it wasn’t quite enough to beat Team Nova Scotia.
Our Silver Medal was not the only hardware brought home. Second, Chantel Hoag received the ‘Fair Play’ Award determined by the officials and Coach Patrick won the Coach Sportmanship Award. Both of these awards are well deserved and we couldn’t be more proud of our teammate and our coach!
After the initial disappointment of not winning gold, silver is always a hard medal to win, we have come to realize really what an accomplishment we achieved. The journey to winning this silver started in March 2017, so a full year before that piece of hardware was placed around our neck. The journey took us to three different provinces – Alberta, Manitoba, and New Brunswick and all over Saskatchewan – Saskatoon, Wadena, Assiniboia, Gravelbourg, Swift Current, North Battleford and of course, our home Moose Jaw. One of our greatest gifts we have received on this journey was all the people we have met. Fellow curlers, coaches, ice makers, officials, families, friends and volunteers; what an awesome curling community we are a part of.
Our season started out bumpy with two players injured – Chantel & Madison, but with the help of Makena Simmons, Kenzie Schwartz, and Cindy Simmons subbing in for us, our team was able to grow and learn. Thank you for helping us out and helping us achieve our dream of making it to the National stage.
The final blog was delayed because, well we were delayed in getting home. Some of us longer than others. With an ice storm going through Toronto flights were grounded, delayed, and cancelled. The last of our team made it home Tuesday at 1:30 AMalmost two days after leaving Saint Andrews resort.
We cannot say thank you enough for the words encouragement, support, duck calls, and congratulations, it makes us unbelievably proud to be able to curl for Saskatchewan.
Thank you Saint Andrews, the Algonquin (Derek and Mulinda in particular), the Heather Curling Club, Chris Tapley and all the volunteers for hosting a fantastic event, great ice, and providing memories that will last a lifetime.
Team Saskatchewan Girls – Skylar, Madison, Chantel, and Samantha