GRAVENHURST - Mayor Paisley Donaldson will be out of town for the week, as she’s got another type of house she needs to see get in order.
THE RIGHT STUFF.
Holly Donaldson and her curling team are taking their second consecutive run at a national championship in the 2013 Ontario Junior Women’s Provincial Curling Championships.
The town’s municipal head is off to Fort McMurray, Alberta, where her daughter Holly, 19, and the Sinclair Team of Manotick are taking their second consecutive run at a national championship in the 2013 Ontario Junior Women’s Provincial Curling Championships at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre.
The rocks began to roll this past Saturday, Feb. 2 and will continue until Feb. 10, when the national champions will be crowned.
“It’s going to be nerve-wracking to watch,” Mayor Donaldson said.
Holly’s team, skipped by Jamie Sinclair with Katelyn Wasylkiw and Erin Jenkins rounding out the lead and second spots, became one of only four Ontario teams to ever win back-to-back provincial championships to earn the national berth. The 2012 nationals experience saw them reach fourth place out of 13 teams, but Donaldson, who plays the vice-skip role, said the crew spent the better part of this year to vastly improve on that finish.
“We’re going in there this year looking for that big prize,” she said.
This year the divisions have been expanded to 14 teams with Nunavut making its first appearance at the round-robin tournament.
If successful, the team would earn a berth to represent Canada at the World Juniors, Feb. 28 to March 10, in Sochi, Russia, which would also be a precursor event for the 2014 Winter Olympics curling competition.
TSN and its French version RDS will be covering the men’s and women’s finals event live. The men’s final is scheduled for 7 p.m. (5 p.m. MT) Saturday, Feb. 9, while the women’s final goes Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. (5 p.m. MT) as well.
The full play schedule and updated results are available through curling.ca.