The top curlers in Manitoba came together at the Lakeview Gimli Resort in celebration of the 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The annual women’s provincial curling championship features a banquet prior to the on ice action.
Representing Team Beth Peterson — Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club at the banquet was third Jenna Loder (left) and second Katherine Doerksen showed plenty of enthusiasm during the event.
Loder, 30, who lives in Winnipeg, couldn’t stop smiling during the three-hour event. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she participated in her ninth Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Manitoba.
When asked what it takes to compete at this level, Loder said that it takes to qualify for a berth into the Scotties.
Not making it to the Scotties in 2018, provided extra incentive to qualify to compete at the 2019 Scotties.
“Last year was my first year not making it since I was out of juniors,” Loder said.
Loder told The Interlake Spectator that Team Peterson is a made up of new players as the team was assembled during the off season last year.
“We were were really looking forward to starting new and starting the four-year quadrant together…We were really hungry to get back there,” Loder said. “I’ve never been the oldest person on a squad. So here I am today, being a mom on the team. It’s been really nice to play on girls that are hungry to compete again.
25-year-old Doerksen said prior to competition that the team was focused on getting the best record possible.
“We have so many good teams here,” Doerksen. “At the end of the day, it’s just who plays the most consistent throughout the week and that’s who will deserve to be in the playoffs.”