Peterman/Gallant to worlds!
Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant selected to represent Canada at the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
The two-time Canadian mixed doubles champions and world silver-medallist team of Jocelyn Peterman (Winnipeg) and Brett Gallant (St. John’s, N.L.) will represent Canada at the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Championship.
The team will travel to the Curling Club Trois-Chêne in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 23-30, vying for the chance to claim Canada’s first world mixed doubles gold medal at the event. Canada’s senior men’s and women’s national teams, skipped by Alberta’s Wade White and Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson respectively, will also be competing at the World Senior Curling Championships, held concurrently.
“We’re excited to have this chance to represent Canada once again. As an athlete, you never know when you’ll get those opportunities and have to appreciate when they come around,” said Peterman. “Like everyone else, we wished we could have competed for this chance to represent Canada, and we won’t take this for granted. We want to make our country proud in Switzerland.”
It will be Peterman and Gallant’s second trip to the world mixed doubles. In 2019 the pair won silver in Stavanger, Norway, and it marks the most recent time Canada has been on the podium at an international mixed doubles event. Peterman and Gallant also won the Canadian mixed doubles championship in 2016 but did not compete at the world event due to scheduling issues with their four-player teams.
The pair is in the midst of a busy season after winning the Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials, presented by AGI, with their respective four-player teams and earned the opportunity to represent Canada in men’s and women’s competition at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Gallant, who plays second on Team Brad Gushue, earned the bronze medal at the 2022 Olympics.
“Since 2019 we’ve been wanting to get back to this event and improve on our silver-medal finish. We’ve both learned a lot since then with some big wins and heartbreaking losses while representing Canada at the Olympics. Those were all character building moments and we’ll use those to come out strong at worlds this year,” said Gallant.
Canada’s team at the world mixed doubles was to be determined at the 2022 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship scheduled for March 22-27 in Sudbury. However, the event could not be staged due to restrictions and health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We once again find ourselves in the unfortunate position of selecting a national team instead of allowing for the results to play out on the ice. There’s no shortage of talented Canadian teams that would bring a lot of pride to Canada at this event. As was the case in deciding our mixed doubles representative at the Olympics, Curling Canada took many factors into account, most notably international experience at world championships and the Olympics, and experience playing together in mixed doubles competition. It’s unfortunate that we find ourselves in this position of not having this decided on the ice because of the pandemic, but we feel confident that Jocelyn and Brett will make Canada proud at the upcoming championship,” said Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson.
Curling Canada used the same grading system to determine Canada’s mixed doubles team at both the Olympics and the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.
The ranking – which combined Canadian Mixed Doubles Rankings points, international experience, and combined win/loss percentage – included the previously ineligible teams due to four-player team commitments at the Olympics.
Sixteen teams will compete at the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. Canada is coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2021 event hosted in Aberdeen, Scotland, where Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue advanced to the bronze-medal game.