Today's Junior Stars are both from the Richmond Curling Club, and will be joining Team Gushue from Newfoundland and Labrador at the 7:30pm EST draw.
Tyler Reddick is 12 years old. Even as a younger boy, Noah felt a connection to the game. "I'd go in the dining room and there would be a tiny space for me to "play" curling. I would set up a small plastic mat and throw tiny rocks (the size of a bite-size mini cupcake) trying to get them onto the rings, which was on that mat. The rocks had little balls on the bottom of it so it would roll until it stopped on the plastic mat."
It didn't stop there, though. "A lot of times I would be pretending to hold something when I was in my room, or holding a hockey stick on my driveway or on the ice, I would sometimes stick it
out and point it in a spot. "What sport is that?" I thought to myself. "Curling, that's right!". I was calling the shot."
Tyler finally got a chance to put his imagination into practice this year, joining his first Learn to Curl league.
16-year old Noah Ford has been throwing stones at houses for 10 years. He plays in a Bantam league, regularly bonspiels, and is captain of his high school curling team.
When asked what curling meant to him, Noah waxed poetic, writing a poem that is a "metaphorical comparison of a curling rock being thrown, to one’s life and what each side represents. Each stanza in the poem is used to represent a stage in one’s life, from being a new soul, to getting a degree, to working for a living, to slowing down and retiring, and finally to leaving a positive legacy."
The last stanza of his poem certainly summarizes the work done by the teams at this year's Brier, and the road that lies ahead for these junior curlers if they wish to reach the heights of the roaring game:
"The shot had a voyage
Of a really great length
It represents hard work
Perseverance and strength"