The Delia mixed curling team struck gold in Cochrane on Tuesday, February 13, at zones.
Round robin competition began on Monday, February 12, where the team played strong, winning all three games. This put them into the A pool where they played against the B pool finalists.
This match win brought them into the final gold medal round match against Carstairs.
“My team curled pretty well, of course in any sport you’re going to have your ups and downs but they came out on top and prevailed with five straight wins in zones,” said Barry Mason, coach of the team.
Jared Mason, Kali Richardson, Ryan Francis, and Presley Battle make up the winning team. Mason and Battle are from Delia School, and Richardson and Francis are from Hanna JC Charyk School. Three out of the four players are in their final year of high school.
Mason credits their success to hard work and ‘a little luck too’.
“I guess dedication to do as well as you can,” said Mason. “They put their heart and soul into it.”
The team will be off to Provincials on Thursday, March 1 to Saturday, March 3, in St. Albert.
“They are ecstatic, they cut loose and jumped for joy,” chuckled Mason. “I was pretty proud of my team.”
Marc Kennedy will be the guest speaker at the Provincials Banquet the first day of the tournament. He is the third for Kevin Koe’s team competing for Canada at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang this year.
“The team is pretty excited to meet him,” said Mason. “Marc is such a dynamic curler.”