Manitoba Champions crowned by Curling Canada!


“Kara Balshaw’s Manitoba team kicked off their 2023 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships in style, earning a win on Grey Cup Sunday. Holding onto her team’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign, Balshaw led her squad to a 7-2 victory over Newfoundland & Labrador’s Team Jennifer Taylor, despite the distraction of the CFL Final happening on the TV screens in the background.

Team Balshaw’s Journey to Victory

Although not the most-watched event in the province that day, the Manitoba team showed their unwavering focus and determination. Heather Carson, Sandra Carson, Cathy Gingera, and Kim Merasty joined Balshaw to secure their first win of the tournament, kickstarting their journey with a triumphant start.

Reflecting on their achievement, Balshaw exclaimed, “It’s so nice and perfect, like the cherry on top. We’ve been working really hard over the last 10 years or so in our curling life, and I’m glad Heather kept it up with us after that first year together.” The team’s dedication to the sport was unmistakable, inspiring others at the event.

A Hometown Advantage

For the Manitoba unit, competing at the host province meant added comfort and support from their hometown crowd. Their strong bond as friends and teammates shone through, as they embraced the opportunity to represent Manitoba and pursue a Canadian championship.

The Women’s Draw

In the other Draw 1 action for women, Ontario’s Team Lindsay Thorne and Saskatchewan’s Team Allison McMillan also secured decisive victories, showcasing their skills and determination.

Men’s Action

On the men’s side, teams from Ontario, Alberta, and Northern Ontario exhibited impressive performances, setting the stage for an exciting and competitive tournament.

Moving Forward

As the 2023 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships continue, fans can look forward to thrilling matches as teams battle for victory. With a combination of passion, skill, and home support, the tournament promises to be an unforgettable display of sporting excellence.

For live-streaming coverage and event details, visit Curling Canada’s streaming platform and TSN+. Keep up with the latest scores and standings by clicking here.

These remarkable athletes are much more than sports competitors – their dedication, sportsmanship, and unwavering commitment make them true champions in every sense of the word. As the tournament unfolds, they are sure to inspire countless individuals with their remarkable talent and passion for the sport.”



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