While Gushue and Co. continue to compete at the world men’s championship in Edmonton, brother and sister Ryan and Sarah McNeil Lamswood of Stephenville hit the ice in Saskatoon today for the 2017 Canadian mixed doubles championship.
The siblings, who constitute one of 32 teams in the five-day event, earned their berth in Saskatoon by winning the Newfoundland and Labrador mixed doubles title earlier this year in rather unexpected fashion, even for them.
The McNeil Lamswoods entered the provincials in Stephenville mainly because they wanted to get in some extra practice to prepare them for competition with their respective youth teams out of the Caribou Curling Club.
This is the first time in five years a team from outside St. John’s is representing the province at the national mixed doubles. Last year, Erin Porter and Cory Schuh were entered as Newfoundland champions, although the Canadian mixed doubles final came down to teams that involved members of Gushue’s front end, with Brett Gallant and Jocelyn Peterman defeating Geoff Walker and Laura Crocker.
While this is the first Canadian mixed doubles championship for the McNeil Lamswoods, it is the third national event for Ryan, who represented Newfoundland at the Canadian junior men’s championship as a member of the Greg Smith foursome in 2015 and 2016.
With files from The Western Star