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Inside Junior Curling: Strength in family

If you look at the line-up of teams at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships, you will find one common trend: parents. Parents who are coaching their kids and enjoying the journey of living their dreams together. From the Northwest Territories to Newfoundland and Labrador, parents of players were found on the coaches’ bench at the recent national junior curling championships in Liverpool, N.S.

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Q&A with junior curling athlete Keely Brown

Meet Keely Brown, third on the junior team that represented Canada at the World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland.

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Junior Athlete Q&A: Tyler Smith

Starting young has paid off for Tyler Smith of the Montague Curling Club in P.E.I. Smith’s father enrolled him in the Little Rocks program at age six and he’s been hooked ever since.

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Inside Junior Curling: Chasing the dream

Every year, junior curlers from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nunavut begin chasing their biggest junior curling dream with their eyes set on representing their province or territory at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

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Inside Junior Curling: Learning Life lessons

The day you get to pack your curling shoes in your carry-on baggage and take off on a plane is an extremely exciting “first”, one many junior curlers experience the first time they earn the right to represent their province.

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Junior Athlete Q&A: Shannon Birchard

If the name Shannon Birchard sounds familiar, there’s a very good reason for that! Birchard is most well-known for skipping Team Manitoba to a second place-finish at last year’s M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Championships in Fort McMurray, Alta., losing a close final to B.C’s Corryn Brown.

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Inside Junior Curling: Forever young

As Team Newfoundland and Labrador was announced at the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Senior Curling Nationals, out walked best friends and teammates Geoff Cunningham and Rob Thomas, the reigning Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships silver medalists.

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Junior Curler Q&A with Sadie Pinksen

Throughout the season, we’ll be sitting down with young, up-and-coming athletes to find out everything from their favourite food to eat on the road to what their goals and dreams are.

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Inside Junior Curling: Tales of a curling addict

My name is Cathlia Ward, I’m a 19-year-old Leadership student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and I love curling.

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Inside Junior Curling: Optimist International U-18 Curling Championships

The Optimist International U-18 Curling Championships is Canada’s premier youth event for players under 18 years of age.

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Inside Junior Curling: A Junior Program Coordinator’s Perspective

Ever wonder what it’s like to jump head first into teaching a group of youngsters each week? Would you be brave enough to take on that challenge? Well Sherrie Burechailo did just that and never looked back.

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Inside Junior Curling: Final thoughts on the World Junior Curling Championships

Cathlia Ward, fifth for Team Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships, has just returned home from Sochi, Russia after a whirlwind journey. The team had some ups and downs during the week; however, as you read Ward’s account, it is very apparent that the team reflects very fondly on their exciting adventure.

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Inside Junior Curling: Journey to Sochi for Junior Worlds

Cathlia Ward was chosen to be the fifth for the Canadian junior team who is currently in Sochi, Russia for the World Junior Curling Championships. I asked Cathlia about her experience of joining Team Canada, and she shared her experience with me in her own words – which isn’t surprising since she’s also blogging about it at Memoirs of a Fifth.

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Inside Junior Curling: Chatting with the Canadian Junior Champions

It’s been less than a week since Corryn Brown and Matt Dunstone won the women’s and men’s titles at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships, and the two young skips are still in awe… and a little bit of shock. You can’t miss the emotion in their voices when they are asked how it feels to be the newest junior champs.

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Inside Junior Curling: Team Dynamics a Big Factor

With the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships just around the corner, fans across the country will turn their attention to the nation’s best young curlers, February 2-10. So what makes these teams so successful and sets them apart from the rest?

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