Team was short a body
When 15-year-old Sarah Hedges starts throwing rocks at the Grand Falls-Windsor Curling Club this week, she won't be doing it for Grand Falls-Windsor.
Ironically, she's a Grand Falls-Windsor native who normally curls for a girls' team in her hometown.
But this time, Sarah, a Grade 9 student at EVI, will be curling with the Mount Pearl/South team instead of with the Grand Falls-Windsor girls.
It's not because she moved to Mount Pearl, but that the girls' curling league in Grand Falls-Windsor was divided into two teams, which played against each other for the top spot to secure a berth at the Winter Games.
Sarah's team didn't make it to the Games, though the other one did and is competing Thursday and Friday.
"The Mount Pearl team asked me to play with them, because they needed an extra player," she said.
The Grand Falls-Windsor players are a recreational girls' team that meets to play every Monday and Tuesday. Coach Liz Noseworthy suggested that Sarah, who usually plays skip on her own team, could take the Mount Pearl team on their offer.
She asked what position she would hold with Mount Pearl.
"They said you'd be either be playing second or third," said Sarah. "When I first got out I first thought I would be volunteering for it. Then I got the call, and I said 'yeah, I'll be playing for them. It's just an opportunity."
The female curlers representing Grand Falls-Windsor include Jessica Cook, Katey Hart, Katherine Sweeney and Maria Roberts.
"It's kind of strange (to be competing against them," said Sarah.
She's been curling for four years.
This is the first time Sarah has competed in a major curling event.