Junior Curling: two regional Canadian
Even without training completely regional, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean will be well represented at the canadian Championships of curling, from 19 to 28 January, in Prince George, Saskatchewan.
The two members of the Club Kenogami, Noémie Gauthier and Jesse Mullen, will participate in the national competition with their training respective, after having won major honours in the provincial championship U21 Brush performance, played at the end of last week to Chapais.
Noémie Gauthier will participate in the canadian Championships for a second year in a row with the same training supplemented by captain Laurie St-Georges and his sister Cynthia, and Emily Riley. Last year, in Shawinigan, they had passed very close to the title, losing in the grand final in the face of Nova Scotia. They will now have a second chance.
Noémie Gauthier (3rd) will participate in the canadian Championships of curling for a second year in a row. Last year, the team led by Laurie St-Georges was bowed in a grand final.
“There was a lot of prepared for this event. Our goal is to win. It is estimated that we have everything in our bag to get there, ” stresses Noémie Gauthier, who is studying at Cégep de Sainte-Foy and travels to Laval on the weekends to train with her teammates.
The double champions provincial governments have experienced a tournament very successful in Chapais. They have first won their four duels of a preliminary round to go directly into grand final. They then defeated the training almatoise of Émilia Gagné account of 7-4, to earn a second consecutive title.
On the male side, Jesse Mullen and his partners Bradley Lequin, Stephen Almaleh as well as captain Vincent Roberge (Etchemins/Kénogami/Boucherville/Valleyfield) also had a perfect record, winning their six clashes. The Saguenéen evolves with Roberge for the past two years, while the other two joined them this season.
For Jesse Mullen, it will be a third national experience. He had won silver in the under 18 years of age and took part in the canadian Championships mixed doubles last year, in Alberta.
“This is my first in the junior. I know what to expect a little. I’ve already played against a lot of all the teams that will be there. It will perhaps be different from other tournaments, but I don’t think there will be big differences, ” to tell Jesse Mullen, who is in her last year at the age of 21 years.