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Local rinks headed to under-18 nationals

Members of the Newfoundland and Labrador under-18 boys’ and girls’ curling teams taking part in the Optimist U18 curling championships in Edmonton are, from left, first row: skip Megan Kearley, third Chantal Newell, second Lauren Barron, lead Michelle Taylor; second row: skip Greg Blyde, third Liam Gregory, second Connor Stapleton and lead Zachary Payne.
Members of the Newfoundland and Labrador under-18 boys’ and girls’ curling teams taking part in the Optimist U18 curling championships in Edmonton are, from left, first row: skip Megan Kearley, third Chantal Newell, second Lauren Barron, lead Michelle Taylor; second row: skip Greg Blyde, third Liam Gregory, second Connor Stapleton and lead Zachary Payne.

Two teams from the Remax Centre (St. John’s Curling Club) will be in Edmonton next month to curl in an under-18 international championship.

Teams skipped by Greg Blyde and Megan Kearley will curl in the Optimist U18 championships which feature 12 male and female teams from Canada, United States and Japan.

The competition has been held annually since 2001, and has only been accessible to Atlantic Canada for the last three years. This is the first time that Newfoundland and Labrador has had the option to attend.

In addition to playing, curlers participate in development sessions where they have the opportunity to learn from some of the top coaches in Canada.

The Newfoundland and Labrador teams were determined at the provincial U18 championships in Gander.

Kearley’s team, which consists of Chantal Newell, Lauren Barron and Michelle Taylor, won all four games to claim the girls’ title. Blyde’s team of Liam Gregory, Connor Stapleton and Zach Payne won in an extra end in a hotly-contested boys’ final with a Stephenville rink.

Teams skipped by Greg Blyde and Megan Kearley will curl in the Optimist U18 championships which feature 12 male and female teams from Canada, United States and Japan.

The competition has been held annually since 2001, and has only been accessible to Atlantic Canada for the last three years. This is the first time that Newfoundland and Labrador has had the option to attend.

In addition to playing, curlers participate in development sessions where they have the opportunity to learn from some of the top coaches in Canada.

The Newfoundland and Labrador teams were determined at the provincial U18 championships in Gander.

Kearley’s team, which consists of Chantal Newell, Lauren Barron and Michelle Taylor, won all four games to claim the girls’ title. Blyde’s team of Liam Gregory, Connor Stapleton and Zach Payne won in an extra end in a hotly-contested boys’ final with a Stephenville rink.

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