Inside Junior Curling
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.
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?
Let’s start off the year with a reflection on one hugely significant event for junior curlers around the world in 2012 – the Youth Olympic Games.
In this week’s edition, we’ll turn our attention to junior curling in the northern part of our country – Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Jill Mouzar is one of Nova Scotia’s former junior stars and one of Canada’s rising curling stars. Though she currently resides in downtown Toronto, her heart still lies with her Nova Scotian roots.
While chatting with the creators of the junior curling tours across the country, I’ve been in awe of how incredibly talented, dedicated and visionary these individuals are. Barely out of juniors themselves, they are working hard to change the face of junior curling in not only their provinces, but also their country. Brett Zubot, the man and mastermind behind the Alberta Junior Curling Tour (AJCT), is no exception.
A coach can make a big difference in a player’s development, especially when it comes to the young, impressionable generation. I have seen firsthand how good coaching has had a positive impact and I believe it’s important to acknowledge the vital role these dedicated individuals play with the young players.
During this series, we will be catching up with some former junior stars to see what they are up to today. Meet Dean Joanisse, 1987 Canadian junior curling champion and two-time B.C. men’s champ from Abbotsford, B.C.
In the previous column, we met the creator of the first junior curling tour in Canada. Now it’s time to discover how the junior curling tour idea spread west like wildfire.
Wes Johnson – a name that you may or may not have heard of, but one you should know about. Johnson has been instrumental in the development of junior curling not only in Ontario, but also across Canada.
Let’s take it back to the beginning – the very beginning, starting with Junior, Bantam, even Little Rock days.