Homan leads youth movement in women’s curling
At just 24 years of age, Rachel Homan has already secured a position among the ranks of the very best in the world of competitive curling. The young skip from Ottawa, Ont. leads her team, comprised of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle, to Las Vegas, Jan. 16-19, for the World Financial Group Continental Cup in the Orleans Arena. Homan is the defending Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion, symbolizing supremacy in Canadian women’s curling. She defeated Jennifer Jones in the championship final last year and also represented Ontario at the Scotties in 2012. With the exception of Weagle, currently in her fourth season at lead, the team has been together for a dozen years. Homan began her winning ways in her early days on the ice, prevailing four consecutive years at the Ontario Bantam Girl’s Curling Championship, for competitors under the age of 16. After losses the first two years in the province’s junior playdowns, she qualified for the 2009 Canadian Junior Women’s Curling Championship, losing the gold-medal game to Kaitlyn Lawes of Manitoba. But she returned in 2010 to win the national title with a perfect 13-0 record. At the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, the team was defeated in the semifinal match by fellow Ontarian Sherry Middaugh. “You Gotta Be There” when 12 of the top teams in the world meet in Las Vegas to compete in the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup. Reserve your seats today by clicking here.