Meaghan Roberts remembers what it was like the first time she stepped on the ice at the Canadian Juniors.
"We played all over Atlantic Canada in small curling clubs, but that was it," she says. "For us, we had never played in anything as big as the nationals."
Roberts played with her teams in the national juniors in 2001 in St. Catherine‚Äôs Ontario, and 2002 in Summerside PEI. She also competed in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2005 in St. John's Newfoundland.
She says the experience can be quite unreal the first time you step onto the ice
"You walk in and yours eyes get huge," she says.
Once over the shock though, it's time to get down to curling.
"Once you get over your first game, you forget there's all this other stuff going on around you," says Roberts.
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The fans can be much more enthusiastic as well, with cheers, noisemakers and horns going all throughout the play. It's not something the curlers can tune out, she says, but it can also be a benefit.
"They keep you up and motivated no matter what is going on," she says, adding you get used to it after the first draw.
In the 2001 tournament she played with Jill Mouzar, Meghan MacAdams and Carolyn Marshall. There may be a reunion this weekend as well, with Mouzar already here and MacAdams and Marshall hoping to make the trip down.