With apologies to our final round of Stars for the delay in this post, here's the Junior Stars recap for Thursday and Friday. The host teams will be in brackets beside the Junior Stars' names
For Hannah Marceau, 13 from North Grenville (PEI), curling is the answer to all of life's problems. "Happy? Go curling! Sad? Go curling?" She probably sums up curling better than any wordsmith ever could - "Curling is.....bacon!"
13 year old Natasha Fortin of Vankleek Hill (PEI) loves the feeling of her daily troubles being released as she releases the stone.
Granite's Evan Robins (13, QC) says "if a problem shared is a problem halved, then problems in curling are miniscule because you're only carrying 25% of the weight." He realy enjoyed the celebrity coaches he was able to interact with, like Jason Camm, Lee Merklinger, Craig Saville and Jean-Michel Menard.
Breanna True of RC Navy (15, QC) hopes to pass on to the Little Rocks that she coaches the same enthusiasm for the game her grandfather instilled in her.
A pair of 12-year old curlers from Granite got to meet Team Koe from Alberta. Leo Keenan really likes the creativity and improvisational nature of the game, as there aren't very many set plays. Emrys Moffette thinks the game is worth a fortune, as shown by the fortune cookies featured in the application. Emrys like the strategy, building strength and exercise.
Jesse O'Connor, 16, from Huntley (NONT) was introduced to the game by his adoptive parents. The friendships formed and the sportsmanlike nature of the game helped him feel 'normal'.
Alicia Bedford, also 16 from Huntley (NONT) says the game connects her to her father, whom she lost to cancer. In the game, she found the way to beat cancer - "by not letting it dictate your life." She says her father always found a way to watch her bonspiel or to curl with her and her brother at the annual Huntley Clanspiel, regardless of where he was in his battle.