Author Archives: Cathlia Ward

Author Archives: Cathlia Ward

Northern Ontario sweeps gold medals at inaugural Under-18 Championships

April 22, 2017

(Story by Cathlia Ward) The inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships saw the first-ever champions crowned in Moncton, N.B., on Saturday night, and it was a clean sweep for Northern Ontario with Sudbury’s Jacob Horgan and Kira Brunton winning their respective gold medal matches.

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Playoff teams set at Under-18 championships

April 21, 2017

(Story by Cathlia Ward) The final day of championship and seeding pool play wrapped up in Moncton, N.B. at the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships on Friday, determining the final four women’s and four men’s teams who are still in the hunt for the national crown.

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Hard work pays off in Northern Ontario

April 20, 2017

(Story by Cathlia Ward) After just four years of competitive curling, Nick Bissonnette of Northern Ontario has already attended three national championships – a pretty impressive record for anyone, especially considering many athletes train for decades for that one shot at a national title. This week, Bissonnette is playing second for Team Northern Ontario at the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in Moncton, N.B., and his team remains in the hunt for playoffs after crossing over into championship pool play.

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Young Yellowknife curlers soaking up the experience at U18 Championships

April 20, 2017

(Story by Cathlia Ward) It’s a long trip from Yellowknife, N.T., to Moncton, N.B. Add in a week of playing some of the top teams in Canada, and being the youngest athletes in the event and you’ve got a tiring week ahead. The young team skipped by Oberon Lee of the Yellowknife Curling Club have found themselves in brand new territory this week at the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships and are soaking in every minute of the experience.

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Comeau and Tardi remain undefeated at Under-18 Championships

April 19, 2017

It was big day in Moncton for the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships, as front-runners moved ahead of the pack, and upsets across the board kept playoff hopes alive heading into Thursday, the third day of round robin play.

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New Brunswick sisters making waves at U-18 Championships

April 19, 2017

When you think of curling families in Canada, names that come to mind might be the Howards, the Richardsons or even the Koes. However, there are a couple of young curlers on the East Coast of Canada looking to soon become household names. Justine and Brigette Comeau are sisters representing the host province this week at the inaugural Canadian U-18 Curling Championships taking place in Moncton, N.B.

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First day wraps up at Under-18 championships

April 18, 2017

The inaugural Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships continued in Moncton on Tuesday with lots of exciting action happening at both Curl Moncton and the Superior Propane Centre.

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Elite curlers find their balance – on and off the ice

November 23, 2016

Story by Cathlia Ward The roaring game of curling has certainly evolved over the years. Now we celebrate curling as a high-performance Olympic sport, and we watch in awe on television or at championship events as some of our biggest heroes chase their dreams. What we don’t see, as curling fans, is what goes on behind the scenes in the lives of our hard-working athletes.

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Camp Carruthers: Two passions combined

November 2, 2016

Today you can find Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers back into the full swing of his competitive curling season, but it was also a busy summer for the 2011 World Champion. Carruthers, who is a teacher by trade, noticed a gap in his province in terms of high-level camps for junior curlers during the off-season. That gap provided an opportunity for him to bring his passion for curling and love of teaching together.

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Dreaming big, on and off the ice

June 23, 2016

(Story by Cathlia Ward) At just 18 years of age, Mary Fay has quickly risen to Canadian and world curling stardom. The Chester, N.S., native captured the 2016 Youth Olympic gold medal, the 2016 Canadian Junior Championship and the 2016 Junior World Championship all in the span of about a month and a half. Pretty crazy for a grade 12 student, right? “(Curling) has made the past 10 years so enjoyable and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Fay says now, after what many would consider a dream curling season. “Curling has just given me so much that I could never ...

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The Daly family: A tale of three hearts

May 5, 2016

(Story by Cathlia Ward) Happy, energetic and active would have been the best way to describe Ottawa’s Colton Daly when he was eight years old. Colton, along with his two sisters, Camille and Calissa, enjoyed all sorts of physical activities. From hockey to triathlons, all three kids were always on the move – that is, until a sudden diagnosis. After experiencing some chest pain and shortness of breath in a grocery store, and another similar episode while at home with a babysitter, Colton was rushed to the hospital.

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Learning to curl in Kelowna, B.C. – with Kelly Scott

November 30, 2015

She’s a Canadian and world champion curler, and an all-star mom – and now Kelly Scott can add avid Learn-to-Curl instructor to her already glowing resume. In early November, Scott invited students from her son’s (Nash, 7 years old) elementary school in Kelowna, B.C., to come out and give curling a try – for free.

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Sibling rivalries on the ice

November 17, 2015

Curling has always been a family affair for 20-year-old Andrew and younger sister Karlee, 17, of Truro, N.S. However, the closer-than-most siblings took things to a whole new level over Halloween weekend when both siblings competed at the BrokerLink OVCA Superspiel in Ottawa, Ont.

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A new curling skills competition for Ontario kids

October 14, 2015

Young Ontario curlers aged 6-13 now have a new and exciting way to test out their curling skills as the Ontario Curling Association has announced its inaugural Hit, Draw & Tap Challenge for the 2015-2016 season. Curlers of all skill sets are invited to head down to their host club to test out their skills, with an opportunity to compete in a provincial championship event – on arena ice!

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Inside Junior Curling: Finding the next Brad Gushue

March 17, 2015

After years of watching the Brier on television, a young Brad Gushue was finally able to convince his family to let him try out the sport for himself. He didn’t know it then, but the moment his young feet hit the ice, a legend was born.

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