The top 9 men’s rinks and 9 women’s rinks in Canada are in Ottawa to see what two can advance to the Pyongchang Olympics.
The first draw of the “Roar of the Rings” Olympic curling trials goes Saturday afternoon with the winners being decided next weekend.
While only one team calls Saskatchewan home, which is Steve Laycock’s rink from Saskatoon, there are seven curlers participating who are from the province.
One of them is Michelle Englot. The Montmartre native is skipping the Winnipeg rink that she took to the Scotties final in 2017 before losing to Rachel Homan.
She admits this could be her last end when it comes to competitive curling.
“It is a very significant commitment. I’m just not sure how many more competitive years I do have in me, but we’ll see how this goes and play it by year,” Englot said. “We do know that we can compete against the best teams. We just need to put together a consistent run and hopefully things will go our way.”
Another Regina curler participating is Catlin Schneider. After playing for provincial men’s champ Adam Casey last year, he was recruited to throw second stones for John Morris this year. It is something he doesn’t regret as he prepares to take the last step to perhaps being an Olympian.
“This is going to be a great week, and is obviously the biggest event I have ever played in.” Schneider said. “With so much on the line, I don’t expect the friendliness and camaderie that teams normally have on and off the ice because the goal is clear. I’m OK with that though.”
The players from Saskatchewan competing are Englot, Schneider, Braeden Moskowy (Regina), Ben Hebert (Regina), Steve Laycock (Saskatoon), Kirk Muyres (St. Gregor) and Dallan Muyres (Humboldt).