Former Manitoba Women’s Curling Champ Chelsea Carey of Morden is now the Queen of Canadian Curling after knocking off Krista McCarville of Northern Ontario 7-6 in Sunday’s Night’s Scotties Final at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie.
Carey and her Calgary based rink of Third and Vice Skip Amy Nixon, Second Jocelyn Peterman, Lead Laine Peters, Fifth Susan O’Connor, and Coach Charley Thomas were the best team at this year’s event, from a 6-0 start to a 4-0 finish.
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In Sunday’s Final, Carey was a tad heavy with her final shot, but still drew to the 8 foot with room to spare to set off a celebration that included her parents, and fulfilled a life long goal. “I’ve dreamed of being a Canadian Champion since watching my Dad do it in 1992,” Chelsea told reporters in referring to her father Dan who was the third for Vic Peters championship rink in the 1992 Brier in Regina. “I have no words honestly, I just don’t even know what to say. And that doesn’t happen very often.”
So what is it like, stepping into the hack with a Scotties title riding on the final shot? “You’re freaking out in your head a bit, but it’s just deep breaths and stay calm,” was how Carey described her approach. “All you can do is trust all your million hours of practice are going to pay off.”
Carey and her crew will now represent Canada in the World Women’s Curling Championship, scheduled for March 19-27 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Defending Canadian Champ Jennifer Jones defeated Kerri Einarson 8-7 in an all Manitoba match up in the Bronze Medal Final.