Edmonton skip Cathy King wishes her curling Hall of Fame induction presentation done at Brier, not at CCA meeting
EDMONTON - Cathy King is honoured to have been inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame this week for becoming the first curler to win national titles at the junior, men’s or women’s, and senior levels.
But she doesn’t understand why the Canadian Curling Association wouldn’t make the presentation in front of her family and friends at the Tim Hortons Brier at Rexall Place instead of the CCA’s annual general meetings in Eastern Canada in June.
“I wish they’d change their mind because then my kids and my dad could be there,” said King, who returned from a vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., on Friday to watch the Canadian men’s curling championship.
King, 53, pointed out that when a curler plays and practises as much as she has over the past four decades, “you sacrifice something along the way,” and it’s usually family time.
She admitted that she never thought about making the Hall of Fame while spending all that time on the ice.
“You just want to win,” she said. “Anyone who knows me knows I’m very competitive at anything I do, whether it’s cards or golf or anything. I just hate to lose.”
King’s 1998 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship team was previously inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame. She also was one of 632 Albertans to receive the Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee medal in January.
Brier Hot Shots get their chance Friday
The Ford Hot Shots competition will be held for the 19th straight year before the Brier gets underway Saturday. The skills competition includes the following six shots: hit-and-stay, hit-and-roll, double takeout, draw the button, draw through a port, and a raise.
It starts Friday afternoon for all the curlers, with the preliminary rounds at 1 and 3 p.m. at Rexall Place. The top eight shooters advance to the quarter-finals at 11:30 a.m. Saturday after the opening ceremonies, with the semifinals and final following shortly afterwards.
Ontario skip Rachel Homan won a two-year lease on a 2013 Ford Fusion at the recent Canadian women’s championship in Kingston, Ont. She defeated Sharon Cormier of the Northwest Territories/Yukon 23-11 in the final.
Homan third Emma Miskew and Team Canada skip Heather Nedohin, who led all curlers by scoring 28 of a possible 30 points in the preliminary round, lost in the semifinals.
One shot to the button for $1 million
Bob Stewart of Longbow Lake, Ont., is the finalist in the Capital One Million Dollar Button contest. He’ll have one chance to throw a rock to the button during the fifth-end break of the Brier’s championship final on March 10.
Stewart, who hadn’t curled for the last 20 years, earned an all-expenses paid trip for him and three friends to the Brier by getting the closest to the button (four feet, 4-1/2 inches) among four semifinalists at the recent Scotties.
Jones’ rink Scotties’ backup plan
The Canadian Curling Association announced Wednesday that if Homan wins the Olympic Trials in December, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones will be Team Canada at next year’s Canadian women’s championship. Homan defeated Jones in the Scotties final on Sunday.
Flory wins another provincial title
Karynn Flory and her NAIT rink of Richell Baer, Klara Smiley and Katie Roskewich breezed undefeated through the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championship at Olds last weekend.
Flory, who, along with Smiley and Roskewich, represented Alberta at the Canadian junior girls championship in early February, won all five games, including the women’s final 9-2 over MacEwan University’s Krysta Hilker.
NAIT’s Matt Brown and his squad of Kenton Maschmeyer, Kyle Reynolds and Travis Jones won the men’s event, but had to beat each of the other three teams in the playoffs. MacEwan’s Jordan Steinke got the bronze medal.
All four teams that competed in the ACAC men’s and women’s events will participate in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association championship March 19-23 at the Avonair Curling Club.
Calgary rinks capture masters titles
Harold Breckenridge and Linda Wagner won the provincial masters championships at home last weekend in Calgary. Breckenridge defeated Larry Taylor of Lethbridge 10-4 in the masters men’s final while Wagner doubled up Jean Quigley in the all-Calgary masters women’s final.
Edmonton rink in world deaf playoffs
Canada’s Judy Robertson and her Jasper Place Curling Club team of Sally Korol, Nyla Kurylowich and Lynda Taylor is playing Russia in Saturday’s final of the second world deaf curling championship at Bern, Switzerland.
Robertson posted a perfect 4-0 record in the round-robin portion of the championship, then defeated Croatia 10-6 in the Page Playoff 1-2 game on Thursday.
The Robertson rink, coached by Diana Backer (the second on Deb Santos’s recently crowned Alberta senior women’s championship team), was also undefeated in the Winter Deaflympic at Salt Lake City in 2007 and the first world championships at Winnipeg.
Meanwhile, the Canadian men’s team lost 7-5 to Russia in the Page 1-2 game but trounced Switzerland 13-1 in the semifinal to earn another shot at the Russians in the final.
The provincial juvenile boys and girls championships started Friday at Sylvan Lake. The Saville Centre’s Aiden Proctor and Brendin Serna are skipping the Northern Alberta Curling Association’s boys teams while Danielle Schmiemann of the Saville and Selena Sturmay of Ellerslie are the girls skips.
The NACA mixed playdown starts next Thursday at Lancaster Park.
The world junior championships started Thursday in Sochi, Russia. Matt Dunstone of Winnipeg and Corryn Brown of Kamloops, B.C., are the skips of the Canadian men’s and women’s teams, respectively.
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