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Berwick's Jennifer Smith proud to represent Nova Scotia in Canada Games curling


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - It was a heartbreaking loss in the final game for Berwick's Jennifer Smith, but she is glad to be coming home from the Canada Games with a silver medal in curling.

 In an interview just prior to the closing ceremonies in Prince George, B.C., Smith said the outcome “still hurts a little. But I think we should be proud.

"We’re proud Nova Scotians.”

Smith, who was mate for Nova Scotia skip Mary Fay, had been hopeful after the team went undefeated in their pool throughout the tournament.

Read more about the championship game.

The final game was “very close for sure,” but in the end the Ontario squad, skipped by Sudbury’s Megan Smith, came out on top.

“My teammates are a bunch of incredible people,” Smith said. The Grade 11 student at West Kings High School said her curling mates: Fay, second Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc will remain each other’s best friends.

The foursome “tried to focus as much as we could on curling,” while at the games. They did manage to take in some judo, hockey and squash played by fellow Nova Scotians.

Smith, who just turned 16, said she appreciated the support of family and friends back home. Her parents, uncle and brother were all in the stands in Prince George with enough Nova Scotia fans that she saw a "sea of blue and white."

She said everybody in the family, except her mother, curls “and she enjoys watching curling. They were awesome.”

Smith, who has been curling for almost a decade, said the four Nova Scotia curlers got together and unwound after their heart =breaking loss on Feb. 28.

“This is definitely not the finish we waited for,” she said.

The next day Smith was busy packing, getting to the closing ceremonies and later heading to the airport. She described the Canada Games organization as amazing and called the facilities in Prince George incredible.

Smith expects to be back in school in Auburn on Tuesday.

Keep up with Team Nova Scotia with TC Media's coverage.

 In an interview just prior to the closing ceremonies in Prince George, B.C., Smith said the outcome “still hurts a little. But I think we should be proud.

"We’re proud Nova Scotians.”

Smith, who was mate for Nova Scotia skip Mary Fay, had been hopeful after the team went undefeated in their pool throughout the tournament.

Read more about the championship game.

The final game was “very close for sure,” but in the end the Ontario squad, skipped by Sudbury’s Megan Smith, came out on top.

“My teammates are a bunch of incredible people,” Smith said. The Grade 11 student at West Kings High School said her curling mates: Fay, second Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc will remain each other’s best friends.

The foursome “tried to focus as much as we could on curling,” while at the games. They did manage to take in some judo, hockey and squash played by fellow Nova Scotians.

Smith, who just turned 16, said she appreciated the support of family and friends back home. Her parents, uncle and brother were all in the stands in Prince George with enough Nova Scotia fans that she saw a "sea of blue and white."

She said everybody in the family, except her mother, curls “and she enjoys watching curling. They were awesome.”

Smith, who has been curling for almost a decade, said the four Nova Scotia curlers got together and unwound after their heart =breaking loss on Feb. 28.

“This is definitely not the finish we waited for,” she said.

The next day Smith was busy packing, getting to the closing ceremonies and later heading to the airport. She described the Canada Games organization as amazing and called the facilities in Prince George incredible.

Smith expects to be back in school in Auburn on Tuesday.

Keep up with Team Nova Scotia with TC Media's coverage.

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