LITTLE CURRENT—The Little Current Curling Club hosted the Northern Ontario Mixed Provincial Doubles over the weekend for the second year in a row.
Four teams competed to represent Northern Ontario at the 2016 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Saskatoon next month.
The teams include Bobby Ray and Joanne Come from the North Bay Granite Curling Club, Liam Brunton and Megan Smith from the Sudbury Curling Club, Matt Gordon and Chloe Gordon from the Copper Cliff Curling Club and Chris Glibota and Megan St. Amand from Community First Curling Club in Sault Ste. Marie.
The final saw the Gordon/Gordon team against Glibota/St. Amand, with Glibota/St. Amand winning 9-0.
Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) Director Joan Sheppard explained that the event rotates annually within the six regions and that this was the second time that Little Current had hosted. She added that mixed doubles is a relatively new division that will be introduced as an Olympic event for the first time in 2018.
“Curling Canada has been working towards growing the event in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics,” said Ms. Sheppard.
During the award presentation, Ms. Sheppard thanked the Little Current Curling Club for hosting and the curlers who competed throughout the weekend.
She congratulated Mr. Glibota and Ms. St. Amand on their win and presented them with their plaques.
Ms. St. Amand, 23, is a student at Confederation College in Thunder Bay and is studying to be a medical lab assistant, while Mr. Glibota, 22, is at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
They both have been curling from a young age and have been friends for some time, but began dating and curling together less than a year ago.
“We met through curling,” said Ms. St. Amand. “We did a mixed doubles camp together in Thunder Bay and decided to play together.”
The pair said they are looking forward to representing Northern Ontario at the 2016 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Saskatoon, March 31 to April 1.
Ms. St. Amand noted it was going to be a busy month for her as she was also representing Confederation College at the College Nationals in London from March 23 to 26.