A rookie Canadian skip will take aim at ending a seven-year dry-spell when the 2016 Ford World Women’s Curling Championshipgets underway Saturday at the Credit Union iplex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Newly crowned Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Chelsea Carey and her team from Calgary will represent Canada in the 12-team field, looking to give her country its first gold-medal at the Ford Worlds since Jennifer Jones’s victory in 2008 at Vernon, B.C.Round-robin play gets underway Saturday at 2 p.m.
But while it will be Carey’s first time wearing the Maple Leaf on the world stage, her teammates have all done it before.
Vice-skip Amy Nixon played vice-skip for Shannon Kleibrink’s Canadian team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, winning bronze, and was the alternate for Heather Nedohin’s team at the 2012 Ford Worlds in Lethbridge, Alta., winning another bronze.
Second Jocelyn Peterman skipped Canada at the 2012 World Juniors in Östersund, Sweden, losing out in a playoff tiebreaker, while lead Laine Peters played lead for Nedohin at the 2012 Ford Worlds, and was the alternate for Colleen Jones’s team at the 2003 Ford Worlds in Winnipeg (silver) and 2001 in Lausanne, Switzerland (gold).
While the focus is on the 2016 Ford Worlds, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, will certainly be on the minds of the players in Swift Current.
Canada has won a leading 15 gold medals at the World Women’s since 1979, followed by Sweden with eight.