Young Kentville curlers win gold at home rink

Published on January 23, 2017

Kentville curlers Nick Campbell and Wyatt Schofield hurry hard to direct a rock from Eric Schnare during the Earl MacKinnon Classic.

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KENTVILLE - Two local teams went home with hardware at the close of the 7th annual Earl MacKinnon Classic.

The hosting Glooscap Curling Club in Kentville welcomed 32 teams from throughout the province to curl in the U12-U14 tournament the weekend of Jan. 21.

Glooscap’s U14 Team Bennett emerged victorious in their division and their club mates from U12 Team McMahon finished as consolation winners.

Nancy Belliveau, coordinator of the junior program at Glooscap Curling Club, says the tournament is a fitting tribute to a man who was an influential leader of Glooscap’s junior program for many years.

“He was an important member of our club. He still is… he’s unable to come to the bonspiel anymore but he was a member of our club and he ran the junior program for a number of years,” said Belliveau.

“Earl was just passionate about the sport and he shared his passion with the young curlers – and it showed.”

Belliveau believes curling is a sport that teaches young athletes the importance of being supportive teammates and gracious opponents.

“It’s a sport of etiquette,” she said. “It enforces etiquette and fair play and good sportsmanship.”

Skip Kailey Bennett, third Abby MacLean, second Danielle Cumby, and lead Jessica Dionne brought home the gold as a U14 team representing the hosting Glooscap Curling Club.

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The U12 team of lead Caitlyn Davis, second Casey Fraser, third Ryleigh Lake, and skip Irelande McMahon, won the U12 Consolation division. This team was newly formed this year and this is only their second bonspiel together.

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